In an exciting new partnership with the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design, NSCAD University will offer its Portfolio Development Course for Entrance to Post Secondary Art & Design Programs in Sydney, starting January 28.
Under the direction of instructor Alison Grapes, students will focus on improving the overall quality of portfolios required for application to first-year credit visual arts study. Topics are based on NSCAD and other national art school requirements, and include critiquing and selecting work, producing images of work, and writing an essay.
Studio exercises provide understanding of essential problem-solving and observational drawing skills and include a live nude model drawing session. Personal critiques of work, recommendations for additional work and a tour of NSCAD are provided.
Classes will be held at the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design’s multipurpose room 322 Charlotte Street (Esplanade Entrance) Sydney on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm-9:00pm over 7 sessions between January 28th and March 11th.
This is the first time NSCAD University has offered courses on the Island, and its occurrence is one that Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design’s Executive Director Carol Beaton hopes will develop into a long-term partnership with NSCAD.
“Previously high school students wanting to pursue an education in Fine Arts would have to go to Halifax to complete the NSCAD portfolio development workshop,” says Carol. “Being able to offer the NSCAD course here at the Centre allows students from Cape Breton Island the opportunity to develop their portfolios on the Island while engaging with NSCAD instructors.”
Registration is through NSCAD University’s School of Extended Studies. Registration can be done by fax, phone or in person at the Port Campus location, 1107 Marginal Road, Halifax.