Nscad Admissions Essay Sample

Foundation/Foundation Transfer

Foundation Application Deadlines*

Fall (September) Entry
March 1 - all applications considered for scholarship
June 1 - late application deadline, no scholarship consideration

Winter (January) Entry
apply by Fall deadline or no later than October 1

*If the posted deadlines have passed, contact admissions@nscad.ca to see if you may still apply.
 

Foundation year is an exploratory, interdisciplinary year that equips you with the critical skills you will need to thrive in an art school environment. Foundation year is intense, challenging, fun and extremely interactive. It gives you the rare opportunity to explore a wide range of ideas, processes and materials. You’ll do things you didn’t know were actual things. You’ll draw better than you ever thought was possible. You’ll meet friends who you will know for the rest of your life

 

Best of all, you’ll be confident and fully equipped to start making choices about where to focus your creative and academic energy in your following years at NSCAD.

 

CORE SKILLS INCLUDE:

  • The vocabulary of visual arts
  • How to give and receive critique
  • Observational drawing
  • Colour theory
  • Composition
  • 2 and 3-D design
  • Academic writing and analytical skills
  • Visual culture studies

Applicants who have completed, or expect to complete high school by year end; or have attended a post-secondary institution or university but have not studied visual arts at the post-secondary level; or have completed less than one full year of visual arts study at the post-secondary level, should apply to the Foundation Program.
 

Academic Requirements - High School Applicants

Applicants currently completing high school must submit a record of all studies from at least Grade 10 onward. These transcripts should include at least mid-term or first semester grades for the graduating year.

 

All high school applicants must have completed Grade 12 (or the highest grade level required for secondary graduation) with an average of 70% or higher, including a minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 English for university preparation. Advanced Placement(AP) courses with a grade of 4 or higher are eligible for transfer credit.

 

An International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum grade of 24 is acceptable for entry to NSCAD. Higher Level courses with a grade of 5 or higher are eligible for transfer credit.

 

Quebec College d'Enseignement General et Professionnel (CEGEP) applicants must have completed at least one full year of a Diplome d'etudes collegiales (DEC) with an overall average of 70% or higher. CEGEP students who have completed a two-year Diplome d'etudes collegiales (DEC) will be considered for up to one full year of transfer credit. Quebec Grade 12 applicants must have an overall average of 70% or higher including a minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 English. CEGEP students who have not had English courses at CEGEP must have received a grade of 70% or higher in their final year of high school English.

 

For those individuals studying toward the General Certificate of Education or the General Certificate of Secondary Education (e.g... in the United Kingdom, West Indies, Bermuda, East and West Africa, Hong Kong), the university requires a minimum of two subjects at the Advanced 'A' Level and three subjects at the Ordinary 'O' Level, with an overall average of "C" and no subject below a "D" grade. Two Advanced Standard (AS) Level courses may be used in place of one Advanced Level course.

 

 

Foundation Transfer (Post-Secondary) Applicants


Applicants who have completed previous post-secondary studies must submit all records of these studies. Applicants currently completing course work should submit transcripts covering all periods of study up to the last completed period. If an applicant is enrolled in course work, but no other final results are available, s/he may submit interim transcripts that include either mid-term
results or a listing of the courses in which s/he is enrolled.

 

Applicants who have been dismissed from NSCAD or another post-secondary institution for academic reasons will not be eligible for admission to NSCAD for a minimum period of 12 months from the date of their Academic Dismissal.

 

 

International Applicants


International applicants must have completed high school graduation requirements equivalent to those required for Canadian applicants. Applicants whose language of instruction either in high school or at the post-secondary level is not in English must submit a test of English as a second language. International applicants for whom English is a second language must submit evidence of their ability to carry on studies in English.

 

TO APPLY:

STEP 1. JOIN MY.NSCAD.CA

MY.NSCAD.CA is your guide through the application process. It’s where we’ll answer all of your questions and help you prepare to apply and upload your portfolio pieces. You can sign up for a campus visit/event, track your application process and even receive your admission decision.

 

STEP 2. APPLY ONLINE

By answering a series of quick questions, you can begin your online application and provide us with all the details we’ll need to review your application.

 

STEP 3. ADMISSIONS ESSAY

Write a brief one-page essay explaining the reasons why you wish to attend NSCAD University. Your essay should discuss the prior experience that you bring to the university. You might also want to touch on the skills and knowledge that you hope to gain, and where you think your NSCAD education might lead you in the future. You can upload your admissions essay as part of the online application process.

 

STEP 4. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS

An academic record of current and previous study is required from all applicants. All transcripts must be official and received in the Office of Admissions directly by mail from the issuing institution.

Click here to learn more about transfer credit for Foundation Transfer students.

 

STEP 5. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Letters of recommendation are NOT required  for undergraduate programs but may be submitted to support your application. They are suggested for applicants who have been out of school for more than three years. There is no form that your referee has to complete. They are simply asked to write a letter offering their impression of you and your art work. All reference letters must be received in the Office of Admissions directly by mail or email from the person writing the reference.

 

STEP 6. PORTFOLIO, SKETCHBOOK & LIST OF WORKS

A visual portfolio is required for all applicants. Click here for information on the portfolio requirement.

Your Sketchbook should contain 5-10 pages of your process toward making your art.  What do you think about before you make your final images, your research, your ideas, your sketches. This is your visual journal of collections of doodles, lyrics, poems, and drawings.  You should approach this journal as if no one would see it (except us) Be brave and have fun!

Your List of Works is a list of all your artwork submitted.  Tell us what each piece of work is and let us know what media it is.  How to upload your documents.

 

STEP 7. APPLICATION FEE

A non-refundable application fee of $70 is required. Pay online as you complete the online application.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing Application Deadlines*

Fall (September) Entry - March 1 [extended to March 15 for Fall 2018 applications]

Winter (January) Entry - apply by Fall deadline or no later than October 1

*If the posted deadline has passed, contact admissions@nscad.ca to see if you may still apply. 

 

Applicants who have completed at least one year of a visual arts program at a recognized post-secondary institution are eligible to apply for advanced standing. Depending on your prior learning, you can transfer up to a maximum of 75 of the 120 credits required for a degree.

 

Most students transfer from college diploma or university feeder programs, while others transfer from related degree programs at other universities. Some switch to NSCAD to study a discipline not offered at their current school, or to study with a particular faculty member or facility unavailable elsewhere. Whatever your reason for transferring, we will recognize your prior experience and help you realize your undergraduate goals.

 

Limited spaces for admission are available for the January start term. NSCAD works on an academic year registration system where all students are given the opportunity to register for a full year, including September and January terms, each spring. If you wish to begin your studies in January, it is best to apply by the October entry deadline.

 

TO APPLY:

STEP 1. JOIN MY.NSCAD.CA

MY.NSCAD.CA is your guide through the application process. It’s where we’ll answer all of your questions and help you prepare to apply and upload your portfolio pieces. You can sign up for a campus visit/event, track your application process and even receive your admission decision.

 

STEP 2. APPLY ONLINE

By answering a series of quick questions, you can begin your online application and provide us with all the details we’ll need to review your application.

 

STEP 3. ADMISSIONS ESSAY

Write a brief one-page essay explaining the reasons why you wish to attend NSCAD University. Your essay should discuss the prior experience that you bring to the university. You might also want to touch on the skills and knowledge that you hope to gain, and where you think your NSCAD education might lead you in the future.

 

STEP 4. SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS

An academic record of current and previous study is required from all applicants. All transcripts must be official and received directly by mail from the issuing institution.

Click here for information on advanced standing transfer credit.

 

STEP 5. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

Letters of recommendation are strongly recommended for Advanced standing applicants, but NOT required. They are required for applicants who have been out of school for more than three years.

 

STEP 6. PORTFOLIO

A visual portfolio is required for all applicants. Upload your portfolio at my.nscad.ca. Click here for information on advanced standing portfolio requirements.

 

STEP 7. APPLICATION FEE

A non-refundable application fee of $70 is required. Pay online at my.nscad.ca

 

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