Can anyone register for an Extended Studies class?

Yes! Extended Studies offers exciting courses for everyone at every level, from the curious to the professional. Read the course descriptions to find the courses that match your interests and level of experience or stretch yourself and see what you can achieve. If you have no experience – no problem! We keep the website information up to date so please see the current semester for more details, but if you are concerned, email us at!

Are the courses in person or online?

We are thrilled to be offering a full selection of adult and youth courses in person this fall and will continue to follow public health recommendations. We will also be offering courses online expanding the reach of the Extended Studies community. 

Do you offer courses for children and teens?

Yes! Extended Studies is pleased to offer an ever-expanding program of courses for young artists and designers aged from 5 to 16 years each semester (youth 16 and up are able to take our adult courses). We also run March Break and Summer Camps so that they can spend some quality time having fun, expanding their art and design experience and stretching their talents.

How can I access the seniors discount?

Students who are 65 and over are eligible for a 20% discount. The discount can be selected from a drop down menu in the centre of the course listing at checkout.

Is there an NSCAD alumni discount?

Extended Studies is please to offer a 20% discount to all NSCAD alumni. The discount can be selected from a drop down menu in the centre of the course listing at checkout.

Where are course held?

In person courses and camps are held at NSCAD University’s Fountain and Port campuses, located at 5163 Duke Street or 1107 Marginal Road respectively. 

Where can I buy supplies?

Not all Extended Studies courses require that students purchase supplies but most do. You are welcome to use what you have, but some items are course specific. A list of required and recommended items will be sent out a week before classes begin, however you can reach out to us at any time at to inquire about specifics.

When purchasing supplies, the NSCAD Art Supply Store is a great place to start. Located in the lower level of Granville Mall at 1874 Hollis Street, the store is expected to be open Monday through Fridays, 10am to 5om and Saturday noon to 5pm. Due to COVID-19, their hours may vary, and the store reccomends reaching out ahead by phone to (902) 494-8176 or Deserres and Michaels are a great place to purchase more general supplies, and the Loop and Patch Halifax are a terrific source for textiles and fashion classes.

How accessible are the courses?

We welcome everyone who wants to learn more about art and design and will make adaptations where possible. The Port campus is mobility friendly, and support personnel and therapy dogs are welcomed. We do ask that you make us aware of any needs before you attend class so that we can ensure we have the all that you need to enjoy your class.

Do Extended Studies courses count towards a University degree at NSCAD?

Extended Studies courses and certificate programs do not ladder into the University’s credit programs, but they are a great way to experience art education first hand. The work you produce can be used as part of your portfolio for entrance to NSCAD. All our courses are also a great way to try a new media without the set up costs and an invaluable way to meet new friends.

How can I pay for my courses?

Each course on the website has to option to register and pay via credit card This is the most direct way to pay.

By Phone
Call 902 494 8185 to book your course with a credit card, or 902 494 8224 for any course questions.

In person
You can drop by our Financial Services office at our Fountain Campus, 5163 Duke St, Halifax, 4th Floor, and pay by cash, Interac or Credit Card.

When is the deadline for registrations?

The deadline for registration is typically a week before a class begins and changes each semester. Details can be found under the “Additional Information” tab for each class. If the deadline is passed but you would like to see if it’s possible to register for a class, email us. We would love to hear from you! If we have spaces we will make sure that you can join the class and enjoy learning a new skill. You can reach us by email at

Do I have access to the University facilities?

When in person, specific courses allow access to related facilities under the direction of the course facilitator and as outlined in the course description.

NSCAD University Library is open to the general public. It houses a collection of over 50,000 books and periodicals in the visual and media arts, craft, fashion, and design, the NSCAD University Library is the only Library in Atlantic Canada specializing in the fine arts and design fields. The Library also incorporates a number of special collections for exhibition catalogues, artists’ books, printed matter, and rare books in specialized subject fields. A major feature of the Library is the Visual Resources Collection which has over 140,000 slides, as well as 16mm films, DVDs, videos, CDs and audio tapes. Digital images are currently available through a number of licensed image databases.

Students registered in Extended Studies courses who wish to borrow material from the library may obtain an off-campus borrower’s cards free of charge through the Libraries Nova Scotia initiative. Alternatively, patrons who present a public library card and one piece of photo ID from any public library system within Nova Scotia will gain borrowing access to the library’s collections. Please note that during semesters certain material, including reserves and media collections, is for NSCAD University degree-students, faculty, and staff use only. For information regarding library services and hours, please call 902 494.8196.

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