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Program Name: Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers, Non-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.
Non-Specialist teachers will gain some experience and understanding of art making, its application to the classroom, and the role of the visual arts in contemporary culture.
To reflect the breadth of visual arts subjects suitable for classroom teaching, the 30 credit Visual Arts Certificate for Teachers draws from a wide variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level.


Program Requirements:
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 enrollment;

A Non-Specialist teacher is defined as a graduate of both a recognized Bachelor degree program (or equivalent) and of a recognized Bachelor of Education program. Applicants must have at least one full year of teaching experience within a public or approved private setting at the elementary or secondary level.
** Teachers with no formal art training are strongly encouraged to meet with the Chair of Foundation before registering in studio courses.
Program Requirements for Non- Art Specialists
30 Credits including:
(3) FNDN 1200: Introduction to Visual Culture

(6) Art History or Critical Studies credits at the 2000 level or above

(12) Studio credits including FNDN 1010: Introduction to Studio Practice

9 credits chosen from the following:
(3) FNDN 1100: Foundation Drawing I
(3) FNDN 1310: Foundation Photography
(3) FNDN 1330: Foundation Video
(3) FNDN 1335: Foundation Moving Image
(3) FNDN 1350: Foundation Computer
(3) FNDN 1430: Studio Practice: Modelled Forms
(3) FNDN 1455: Studio Practice: Print
(3) FNDN 1465: Studio Practice: Painting
(3) FNDN 1480: Foundation Workshop: [Topic]
(3) FNDN 1600: Foundation Drawing II

**For teachers with no formal art training, a non credit drawing course could be completed prior to enrolling in FNDN 110:Foundation Drawing 1

9 EDAR credits:
(3) EDAR 5110: Teaching the Visual Arts
(3) EDAR 5630: Guided Methods I
(3) EDAR 5650: Guided Methods II

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.


Admission from University or College: Applicants must have an undergraduate degree and an Education degree and be a certified teacher to qualify.