NSCAD University

NSCAD University

Textiles at NSCAD

Program Type: Exchange

The Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) , located in Halifax (Canada), emerged as the epicenter of art education in North America in the 1970s. NSCAD respects the past through the acquisition and restoration of historic downtown Halifax buildings, while pushing forward as Canada’s principal degree-granting university dedicated to visual arts. Halifax is a major cultural center with vibrant music festivals, thriving film production scene, and historic site of architectural renown.


1-Mar: Fall


  • Minimum GPA 3.0
  • Matriculation in a Bachelor's degree program
  • Textile/Surface Design Students must obtain academic advisement and the approval of the department chair/advisor.

Course Information

A full-time semester credit load at NSCAD University (NSCAD) consists of 12-15 Canadian credits. Major and related area courses are available and students have the option of taking liberal arts courses in-person at NSCAD (recommended) or online at FIT at no additional expense as this is an exchange program.

Textile/Surface Design Course Information:

Students study within the Bachelor of Fine Arts, Major in Textiles/Fashion program at NSCAD and fulfill 7th semester major area courses by taking courses worth at least 9 credits. General and related area electives may also be available.

Liberal Arts Course Information:

Liberal arts courses are available in Art History, Social Sciences, and other fields.

Academic Calendar

A detailed Academic Calendar can be viewed on the NSCAD website.

Students are generally expected to arrive the weekend before orientation begins.


NSCAD University does not maintain student residence halls. Students are therefore responsible for making their own housing arrangements in the Halifax/Dartmouth area. Affordable housing exists in a variety of neighborhoods within a short walking distance to the campus. Most students rent furnished rooms from private owners or share an apartment, flat, or house with other students.

Study Visa

US citizens will enter as student visitors and will not require a Study Visa for the duration of their stay in Canada. However, US citizens must carry proper identification and meet the basic requirements to enter Canada. US permanent residents should review the eTA requirements here to enter Canada . All non-US citizens are encouraged to carefully review the Study Visa/Permit requirements . Supporting documentation will be provided after approval.

Health & Wellness

Health Insurance

FIT requires all students to be covered in the U.S. and internationally for the duration of their study abroad program. Two types of coverage are required:

1. FIT requires students to be covered abroad for the duration of their program. This policy is mandatory, therefore students cannot waive it.

  • Coverage abroad: UHC Study Abroad Insurance
    *Students will be enrolled and account will be billed before start of program. More detailed information about coverage and claims processes will be provided post-approval.

2. FIT requires students to be covered in the U.S. for the duration of their program. Students may waive the Haylor insurance using the standard waiver process if they already have a U.S. based insurance policy with equal or better coverage.

Wellness & Support

NASCAD strives to create a learning environment conducive to the success of every student. A wide range of support services are available to FIT students. For more details on services offered visit NSCAD Wellness Services.

Program Budget

NSCAD Financial Budget Sheet

A copy of this form may be brought to Financial Aid Services so that a careful review of your program costs may be completed by an assigned financial aid counselor.


See: Paying for Study Abroad

Application, Instructions & Preparations

How to Apply