Nova Scotia College of Art and Design: Narrative Description

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5163 Duke St.
Halifax, NS, Canada B3J 3J6
Tel: (902)422-7381; Admissions: (902)494-8129; Fax: (902)425-2420; Web Site:

Description: Province-supported, comprehensive, specialized, coed. Awards bachelor's and master's degrees. Founded 1887. Setting: 1-acre urban campus. Endowment: $1.1 million. Total enrollment: 951. Faculty: 81 (42 full-time, 39 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 222 applied, 60% were admitted. Full-time: 743 students, 70% women, 30% men. Part-time: 187 students, 74% women, 26% men. Students come from 11 provinces and territories, 21 other countries, 35% 25 or older, 12% transferred in. Academic area with the most degrees conferred: visual/performing arts. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at 10 members of the Consortium of East Coast Art Schools, 14 Independent Exchanges, 4 members of Canadian Art Colleges, New England/Nova Scotia Student Exchange. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Option: deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, portfolio. Recommended: minimum 3.0 high school GPA. Required for some: 2 recommendations, interview. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 5/15. Notification: continuous until 6/30.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35 Canadian dollars. Tuition and fee charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Area resident tuition: $204.20 per credit part-time. Province resident tuition: $204.20 per credit part-time. Canadian resident tuition: $3834 full-time, $450 per credit part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to course load. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. International student tuition: $8327 full-time.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Student services: personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: evening patrols by trained security personnel. College housing not available. Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Library with 32,000 books, 100 microform titles, 235 serials, 120,000 audiovisual materials, and an OPAC. Operations spending 2002-03: $492,225. 60 computers available on campus for general student use. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The College is located in Halifax, the capital city of Nova Scotia, with a metropolitan population of 300,000. Halifax is the largest city in the Atlantic region. It is the home of a number of cultural institutions including the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Neptune Theatre and the Nova Scotia Museum. In addition, there are a number of active art galleries, most notably the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and the galleries connected with the city's three universities. The Arts Center at Dalhousie University provides, during the fall and winter months, a constant round of music concerts, plays, and other performances.

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