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Applied Media and Communication Arts

Applied Media and Communication Arts

Discover the possibilities of visual and media arts.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus • Sydney Full time • In-class Seats available


This exploratory program prepares you for further study in creative and media arts by helping you identify your interests, passions and strengths.

You explore the foundations of a range of applied arts disciplines: photography, graphic design, digital animation, printing, video and audio production.

With a hands-on approach, you gain software skills, along with a basic awareness of the technology and practices used in the applied arts field. In addition, you strengthen your oral and written communication abilities, develop critical thinking skills and create a portfolio that showcases your work.

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Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course for students continuing to study in other NSCC programs.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program.
  • Opportunities are full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks between year one and two.
  • Employers, as co-educators, provide learning opportunities beyond the bounds of the classroom giving you a well-rounded education enriched by practical application.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWEIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • When you graduate, you have the knowledge you need to continue your studies in the creative and media arts.

Choose NSCC

  • You explore different media to achieve unique solutions that promote creativity and innovation.
  • You gain practical experience.
  • You develop an understanding of how to take direction, how to take initiative and how to be responsible for deadlines, presentations and other project parameters.
  • You learn in small classroom environments from instructors with industry experience who are available for support and guidance.
  • Regular one-on-one advising is available throughout the program.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
AMCA 1000   Professional Mentorship
AMCA 1020   Collaborative Project I
AMCA 1035   Graphic Design I
AMCA 1040   Interactive Design I
AMCA 1045   Print Production I
AMCA 1052   Video and Sound Design I
AMCA 1055   Photography I
AMCA 1065   Cultural Connections I
AMCA 1070   Communications I
AMCA 1080   Illustration
AMCA 2000   Portfolio Development
AMCA 2035   Graphic Design II
AMCA 2040   Interactive Design II
AMCA 2045   Print Production II
AMCA 2052   Video and Sound Design II
AMCA 2055   Photography II
AMCA 2065   Cultural Connections II
AMCA 2070   Communications II
AMCA 2080   Animation
AMCA 2500   Collaborative Project II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act