NSCAD University

NSCAD University—the historic Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, located in Halifax, Canada—is one of North America’s leading universities for the visual arts. Founded by Anna Leonowens in 1887, NSCAD celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2017. NSCAD offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in fine arts, design, craft, media arts, and art history and contemporary culture.

The university has three campuses in downtown Halifax: the Fountain campus, located in a series of adjoining historic buildings; the Academy building, built in 1878 and extensively renovated; and the Port Campus, located on the Halifax waterfront.

Jewellery design and metalsmithing have been taught at the school since the turn of the last century. Students in the jewellery program have always appreciated the small faculty-to-student ratio that allows for personal attention and small classes.

Our facilities are extensive, bright and well-equipped, located in five interconnected spaces within the historic Fountain campus. The 3 main studio classrooms, with 40+ spacious jewellery benches, are adjoined by satellite spaces including a casting room, a polishing room, chemical room, machine room, lathe & milling room, SLA 3d printer, powder-coating & spray booth, photo area, enameling studio, electroplating and electroforming room and a large silversmithing studio.

Students learn and develop abilities in critical thinking, problem solving, conceptual development, and design—acquiring skills to manipulate, combine, and create in metal, digitally, and in other materials processes (plastics, enamels, wood, and ceramics). Graduate and senior undergraduate students are encouraged to pursue personal design development and research within the program. Opportunities are available for solo exhibitions through the Anna Leonowens Gallery, the Port Loggia Gallery, the Treaty Space Gallery, and Art Bar+Projects.

The program has an international flavour, with students coming from around the world. Students can also benefit by applying for a wide variety of international exchange programs.

Our jewellery and metalsmithing BFA graduates find careers as entrepreneurs, artists, studio jewellers for wholesale or retail, curators, gallery administrators, teachers, fashion designers, and more. Many have also pursued graduate studies and have become writers, critics, curators, and professors.

Graduate Portfolios
Unknown Flora, 2016, Ring, fine silver, sterling silver, freshwater pearls. 1.5 x 1.75 x 0.75  inches. Photo: Artist

Athanasia Vayianou, BFA, 2017

Birch Bark Brooch#1, 2017, brooch, copper, gold leaf, powder coat, 3 x 12.5 x 2.5 cm, photo: Grace Laemmler

Eunseon Park, BFA, 2017

In Between, 2016, brooch, walnut wood, agate, sterling silver, steel pin, 6.2 x 5.5 x 6.4 cm, photo: Ho Ching Chan

Ho Ching Chan, BFA, 2017

7 necklaces, 2015, necklace, copper, brass, powder coat, gold plate, 5 ft x 11 ft x 1.5 in, photo: artist

Nathalie Maiello, BFA, 2015

Moving Beyond the Third Degree, 2015, teapot, silver plated etched copper, acrylic rod, 15 x 8 x 10 cm, photo: Jacob Mailman

Shelbey Dodds, BFA, 2015

Staple Cluster Neckpiece, 2016, neckpiece, silver, steel, 36 x 10 x 3 cm, photo: artist

Greg Bauer, BFA, 2016

Feather, 2016, brooch, powder coated steel, rust, 52 cm long, photo: artist

Anne-Sophie Vallée, BFA, 2016

Hollow Form Neckpiece, 2016, neckpiece, sterling silver, gold foil, guitar string, 9.3 x 2 x 1.7 cm, photo: artist

Caroline Deacon, BFA, 2016

Black Cups Necklace, 2016, necklace, copper, powder coating, fine silver, sterling silver, 8.3 x 36 x 2.7 cm, photo: artist

Violeta Izquierdo, BFA, 2016

Haze Reflector Pendant 2, 2016, pendant, acrylic, powder coated sterling silver, guitar string, epoxy, 50 x 5 x 5 cm, photo: artist

Emma Piirtoniemi, BFA, 2016

Wild Medley, 2015, brooches, sterling silver, copper, steel pin, enamel paint, 55 x 50 x 13 mm, photo: artist

Erin Christensen, BFA, 2015

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