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Program Name: Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, Art Specialist
Degree: Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
Division: Art History and Contemporary Culture
Fine Arts
Media Arts
Program Description

NSCAD University’s Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers has been designed specifically for teachers interested in strengthening their knowledge of the history and theories of visual art and in honing their studio skills and knowledge of teaching methods. Approved by the Nova Scotia Department of Education, Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) and, NSCADs Academic Council, the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers meets Nova Scotia’s provincial requirements for one level of Advanced Teacher Certification.

Art Specialist Teachers will upgrade their studio skills and pedagogical practices in the visual arts and further their knowledge of art historical and critical studies.


Program Requirements:
An art specialist teacher is defined as a graduate of both a recognized Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program or equivalent and of a recognized Bachelor of Education program with a first teachable in the visual arts. Applicants must have at least one full year of visual arts teaching experience within a public or approved private school setting.
General Certificate Requirements:
30 credits selected from the following three types of courses:
  • Liberal Arts (Foundation, Critical Studies, Art History and Film History)
  • Art Education
  • Studio Practice (Foundation and Studio)
Completion of the 30 credits shall normally be within three years but must be done within five years of the initial date of enrolment;
A "B" average or above. 
Program Requirements for Art Specialists:
30 Credits including:
  • 6 Credits Art History and Critical Studies (AHIS and CSTU) at 3000 level or above
  • 18 Credits of Studio Practice (S) at the 2000 level or above
  • 6 credits of Art Education: EDAR 5630: Guided Methods I (3 credits) and EDAR 5650: Guided Methods II (3 credits)
EDGAR 5630 requires the completion of one or more studio courses. Please see studio course descriptions in the Academic Calendar.
EDGAR 5630: Guiding Methods 1, EDGAR 5650: Guiding Methods 2, and EDGAR TEaching the Visual Arts are normally taught in the Summer semester only.
9 credit studio courses, independant studies, internships, and Wrold Travel courses are not available for credit towards the VAC for Teachers.
Courses completed as part of previous Degrees are not eleigible for credit toward the VAC for Teachers.
Course work completed at another University may be considered to waive prerequisite requirements.
Upt to 3 studio credits completed at NSCAD within the past 3 calendar years, which did not count towards a degree, may be eligible for credit toward the VAC for Teachers.
When a VAC candidate is accepted to a NSCAD University Degree program, prior to the completion of the VAC program, they must formally withdrawl from the VAC. Credits earned in the VAC may be considered for transfer to the Degree program.
Following program completion, students will submit a letter of application for a change in teacher certification classification to the Registrar, Teacher Certification, and Nova Scotia Department of Education. A supporting official transcript confirming completion of all courses, proof of the certificate award and required fee must accompany the letter of application. The Nova Scotia Department of Education does not permit double-counting courses to fulfill requirements of an upgrading program. Any course work credited toward other Post-secondary programs may not be used to meet the requirements of the Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers.
Admission from University or College: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and an Education degree and be a certified teacher to qualify.