Graduate Studies

The Graduate Studies program fosters advanced research into elements of professional practice and theory by providing you, as a student of NBCCD, a rigorous yet supportive educational environment. This course of study offers you a framework to refine your studio and entrepreneurial skills while reaching your career goals. In addition, you work with faculty advisors and seek out professional experiences such as marketing opportunities, exhibitions or web-based applications.

The completion of a professional body of work that is celebrated by a year-end public presentation makes this program popular with individuals looking for an intensive year of graduate study within a specific visual-arts discipline.

In this 1-year certificate program, you develop and implement a professional career plan in the visual arts over 3 semesters of study, September to June.

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email

Areas of Study
  • Independent Study in the Visual Arts
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Promotion and Marketing
  • Business Practices
  • Portfolio Development
  • Professional Work Experience
  • Applied Research
  • Website Development
Course List

Fall 1

  • ADSS 3510 Studio: Strategies
  • VADR 3510 Research Seminar
  • VADD 3540 Mentors and Networking
  • VADE 3530 Arts Entrepreneurship Strategies

Winter 1

  • ADSS 3520 Studio: Practices
  • VADL 3520 Lecture Seminar
  • VADP 3531 Arts Entrepreneurship Practices
  • ADM 3510 Internet Marketing and Communication

Spring 1

  • VADT 3530 Thesis Presentation
  • VADI 3530 Integrative Practices
Career Possibilities

As a graduate of the Certificate in Graduate Studies, you will be well prepared with a professional portfolio for self-employment in the visual arts or for a successful career in the culture sector in one or more of the following careers:

  • Artisans and Craftsperson
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Museum Conservator or Curator
  • Film and Video Professional
  • Graphic Designer and/or Illustrator
  • Jeweller and/or Jewellery Designer
  • Educator
  • Library, Archive, Museum and Art Gallery Manager
  • Photographer
Admission Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee (1)
  • An Official Transcript of Marks indicating a University Degree, College Diploma OR Equivalent experience (2)
  • Portfolio Submission
  • Interview
  • Letter of Intent

(1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

(2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

Portfolio Requirements

We value all of your life experience in assessing your application.

Provide us with a copy of your resume and include education/training, exhibitions, memberships, workshops, related work experience and volunteer/extra-curricular activities.

Letter of Intent:
Please submit a statement explaining the direction of your studio practice and your reasons for wanting to study with us.  Include also what you hope to achieve in this program and your plans for the future.

Maximum length is 500 words.

Artist Statement:
Submit a brief artist statement and include the what, how, and why of your work, from your own perspective.

Maximum length is 200 words.

Submit 15 examples of your best work.  Please don’t submit actual examples. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be jpegs and sized around 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link, keep them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.

Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed or delivered in person to:

Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)
457 Queen Street
PO BOX 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, Canada

Instructors & Technicians


  • Craig Schneider, Coordinating Instructor
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Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.

Andrew McCullough 2014 Convocation, Photo by: Photo (506) Yalda Bozorg, Photo by: Photo (506)
2014 Convocation, Photo by: Photo (506)


Leticia Jorge, Co-founder Fab Lab Floripa; Designer L’exploration in Brazil, Certificate in Graduate Studies, 2013

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