All campuses closed Dec. 4 due to storm and all classes cancelled.


Follow this checklist when you are preparing your
application to NSCAD.
We also recommend you
reach out to our admissions office for help to walk you through these steps.


Sign up for an account.

This will add you to our mailing list and keep you in the loop about events on campus near you.


Explore programs.

Visit the ‘Programs’ sections on our website.
Undergrad programs.
Graduate programs.


Start an application.

Complete your online application form and pay the application fee.
Check your application requirements.


Request your transcripts.

Order these from your school well ahead of the application deadline to ensure that they arrive on time.


Upload your documents.

Take your time preparing your required application documents, including your admissions essay and portfolio images. Be sure to check out the formatting and upload instructions under ‘Admissions’ on the website.
See how to upload your documents.


Submit your application.

Once you’ve uploaded everything, select the button ‘I Have Finished Uploading All of My Documents’. We’ll upload your transcripts and official documents as we receive them. Once your application is complete, its status will change to ‘Awaiting Review’.


Wait to be reviewed.

Applications are reviewed by faculty. You can expect to hear from us with an admission decision 4-6 weeks after application deadline.


Accept your offer.

All applicants receive notice of their application review by email. Accepted applicants will receive a commitment statement that can be signed and returned to the Office of Admissions along with a deposit to hold your place in the program.


Check your NSCAD email.

You’ll be sent login information for your new student email account. Be sure to check it regularly for information about course registration, student orientation and more!
See web access to set up all your NSCAD accounts.


Apply for your VISA.

International students only—visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website to get started.
Go to our international student section for help with this stage.


Confirm accommodation.

Would you like to live in a university residence, shared flat or house? Have a look at the New Student Information section on our website for tips on securing accommodation in Halifax. Your Student ID number printed on your acceptance letter will allow you to register for accommodation at our neighbouring university residence halls.
See housing accommodation.


Send final transcripts.

Are you currently finishing up your Secondary or Post-Secondary studies? You will need to have your final transcripts, by the school, sent to the Office of Admissions.


Register for courses.

New students will be contacted by their academic advisor when it’s time to register.



You are a new NSCAD student! Come to student orientation, get your student ID card and access and start your first year at NSCAD. Go to ‘New Students’ to continue your journey.