A new collaboration between NSCAD University and the University of King’s College will open up opportunities for students at both schools.
Dr. Daniel O’Brien, President of NSCAD, and Dr. George Cooper, President of King’s College sat down earlier today, pens in hand, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding heralding the collaboration.
Starting this fall, students at the University of King’s College School of Journalism will be able to attend classes in art history at NSCAD. They will also be able to declare a minor in art history. Similarly, students at NSCAD can attend classes at the King’s School of Journalism and declare a minor in journalism studies.
“The students at our two universities are alike in spirit – with their critical thinking skills, industriousness and creativity,” said Dr. O’Brien, during his last week as president. “This collaboration adds to the informal links already existing between our two schools and we certainly welcome seeing more King’s students in the halls of NSCAD.”
“Partnerships like this are good for students, good for NSCAD and King’s College, and good for Nova Scotia,” says King’s President George Cooper. “Through King’s long association with Dalhousie University, we know that great opportunities arise from working together, particularly for students. Thanks to this collaboration, students will benefit from the specialized combination of skills and knowledge NSCAD and King’s can now provide, which they will take out into the world – to their careers and the businesses they start – when they graduate.”
Under a previously approved program, students at both universities can also attend classes at each other’s institutions and declare a minor in film studies, an inter-university program offered in cooperation with Dalhousie University, Saint Mary’s University, King’s, and NSCAD.
Both NSCAD and King’s are committed to seeking out more collaborative arrangements to add flexibility to course selections and programs. The university recently approved new “2+2 programs” with the Nova Scotia Community College, allowing NSCC grads with a diploma in photography, film or graphic design to continue at NSCAD and complete a university degree. King’s also has agreements with Kobo International, HarperCollins Canada, Penguin Random House Canada, and Dalhousie’s Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Photo by Eliot Wright