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American Sign Language (ASL) Studies

Learn American Sign Language and build your understanding of Deaf culture.

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To learn another language is to learn about another culture. In this case, the language is American Sign Language (ASL) and the culture is that of Deaf people.

Although many people think of ASL as a visual form of English, ASL has a distinct set of linguistic and grammar rules, as do other languages, such as French, German or English.

In this program, you progress toward ASL fluency, study Deaf culture and explore the cross-cultural issues that arise for non-Deaf people who wish to work with the Deaf community.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional Co-op credit course for students continuing on to American Sign Language/English Interpretation.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment between the first and second year of your program. Employers, as co-educators, provide learning opportunities beyond the bounds of the classroom giving you a well-rounded education enriched by practical application. For more information, visit Work Experience Opportunities

Choose NSCC

  • You have the opportunity to learn in a unique program – one of only four programs of its kind in Canada, and the only one in the Maritimes.
  • Most faculty in this program are Deaf, giving you an authentic one-on-one experience with Deaf culture and keeping you current on events in the local and regional Deaf communities.

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September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Waitlist

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

  • Portfolio Development – 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 is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

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.

Career options

  • You're qualified to work with members of the Deaf community in various employment, educational, recreational and social service environments where direct communication with Deaf people is required in context-specific settings. Many graduates continue their studies in the American Sign Language/English Interpretation program and pursue a career as an interpreter.

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