Program Information

School: NSCAD University
Faculty: Division of Design
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Design and Visual Communications, General
Description: NSCAD’s Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design is a unique program that takes a distinctly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and process oriented approach. Design covers a range of services and products that fuse human factors, technology, and aesthetics with a general emphasis on message presentation. You will gain a variety of skills, including analytical and imaginative thinking, visualization techniques, drawing, typography, and photography and an understanding of production processes.

Focusing on creative and conceptual skills, students learn to communicate and solve problems across a broad range of media and contexts, including communication, interaction, and product design. Critical thinking and the expression of imagination are equally important. Currently, the BDES is offered in one major program: Interdisciplinary Design. In addition to your major area, you may take a minor in an approved subject. It may be necessary to complete more than 120 credits to meet both major and minor requirements.

URL: Interdisciplinary Design (BDes) at NSCAD University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $21,121

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 70

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 

All high school applicants must have completed Grade 12 (or the highest grade level required for secondary graduation) with an average of 70% or higher, including a minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 English for university preparation. Advanced Placement(AP) courses with a grade of 4 or higher are eligible for transfer credit.

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 69] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or CanTEST [min. 4.5] or Michigan English Language Assessment Battery [min. 82]

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Portfolio

A completed paper application is required along with an admissions essay. In making a determination on admittance to the university, the Admissions Committee will consider pertinent material that an applicant wishes to submit.