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Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) is over a century old and is one of Canada’s oldest independent cultural institutions. Research is vital to NSCAD’s mission, culture and success and the university is committed to creating and fostering opportunities that advance the visual arts and furthers NSCAD’s reputation as a leader in research pertinent to the university’s mandate.

Research Capabilities

Interdisciplinary Design

  • Design thinking in health care, design for dignity and ageism and design
  • Graphic design and branding
  • Product and packaging design
  • Web user interface design and physical computing
  • Innovative design methods, technologies and infrastructure to support environmental, economic and cultural sustainability
  • International design education
  • Commercial industrial design applications of insects (e.g. bioengineering, food production and pet breeding)
  • Design for flexible urban dwellings

Media Arts

  • Film, intermedia, photography and media communications
  • Centre for Cultural Technology and Innovation
    • Physical studios, laboratories and virtual connections


  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery and Metalsmithing (3D printers)
  • Textiles and fashion (use of sustainable plant fibres)
  • Practice based disciplines to advance knowledge
  • Help to ensure overall standard of cultural production in Canada is advanced

Art History and Contemporary Culture

  • Publication of scholarly books and articles
  • Curatorial projects and exhibition catalogue essays
  • Delivery of papers at scholarly and/or specialist conferences
  • Publication of articles and essays

Fine Arts

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking and Sculpture

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