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        October is Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia, a special time each year to recognize the history, culture and contributions of the Mi’kmaq people. As we do throughout the year, we reaffirm that we are all in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq Nation. Learn more here.


        About NSD


        At NSD University, not only will you receive a rigorous, interdisciplinary edutional experience, but you will belong to a vibrant creative community recognized globally for its impact on art, craft and design. Connecting you with award-winning faculty, you will learn the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in the creative industries, where you will become leaders, entrepreneurs, and experts in your fields.

        Shary Boyle and Ed Pien, discussing their contributions to the NSD Lithography Workshop Contemporary Editions.

        If you believe that creative ideas n build a better world, there’s a place for you here

        Kaitlyn?Bourden?(MFA 2014)

        Featured Alumni


        Todd Saunders
        BDES 1992, DFA 2016
        Designer and ARCHITECT


        JENN GRANT
        BFA 2006


        BFA 2006


        LARA MINJA
        BDES, BFA 1993


        NSD NEWS



        Radio Art and Podsting

        (MDIA-2901) This module course will introduce students to the creative and artistic world of radio and podsting. We will investigate spoken word programming, sound collage, documentary, narrative, and serialized formats for prerecorded, live radio and, web streaming. Students will learn to record and edit digital audio and be introduced to writing, interview techniques, sound design, mixing, mastering, and distribution. We will look at the history of experimental radio. Students will work on collaborative and individual projects.

        The Visual Culture of Slavery

        (AHIS-4401) Drawing upon art historil and other literature, this course seeks to explore the role of art and visual culture in Transatlantic Slavery. This course will also explore the nature of the colonial archive, its role in the dehumanization of black Afrins, and the subsequent problems in the recuperation of the lives, perspectives, and thoughts of the enslaved through documents that were almost uniformly created by slave owners and their surrogates. Focusing mainly on the British Empire, the course will explore the nature of slavery and the experiences, productions, and representations of the enslaved, the indentured, and the slave owning classes in both tropil (slave majority) and temperate (slave minority) sites. The complexity of identities and social interactions of different populations will be examined across various types and media of “high,” “low,” and popular art and visual culture, within the spectrum of abolitionist and pro-slavery intentions.

        (Im)Material: Digital Object

        (DSGN-2300/ JWLY-2300) 3D digital design and digital fabrition technologies are explored through jewellery and small object making. This introductory level course introduces conceptual and technil approaches toward intrite form creation, using freeform surface modelling software, Rhinoceros 3D. Translating virtual to actual, students acquire skills and knowledge navigating the software interface & commands, outputting files as rendered compositions, 3D prints, and fully finished objects. Topics to include software tutorials, 3D snning (photogrammetry), 3D printing (SLA, SLS, FDM) and image synthesis.

        Art of Recrafting Failure

        (AHIS-3317) This course engages with theoretil and critil analyses of failure that trouble the triumphant narrative of art and craft’s historil non. The course foregrounds failure as generative and imperative to creative practice, and provides students with an opportunity to engage with concepts of failure toward building personal resilience.