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Combine science, aesthetics, technique and the latest data software and equipment for the study and practice of making maps.

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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
COGS • Lawrencetown Full time • In-class Seats available


Cartography is the study and practice of making maps by combining science, aesthetics and technique. As a cartographer, you are a visual communicator who builds and illustrates maps that are attractive yet functional, so they can be quickly and easily used and understood. You enjoy hands-on learning, detail-oriented work and use the latest data software and equipment. Your work may go on to stand as a valuable cartographic information source for many years.

You study:

  • Open source mapping
  • Animated and interactive cartography
  • Map production
  • Research techniques.

You may participate in map competitions – NSCC students have been recognized by National Geographic and Canadian Geographic for their work.

This program is located at NSCC's Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). COGS is the Lawrencetown site of Annapolis Valley Campus

Admission requirements

  • Undergraduate degree, diploma or certificate in a related field of study such as archaeology, geography, forestry, geology, resource management, urban planning, science engineering, computer science, marketing, fine arts graphic design, commerce, economics or business administration.
    • International students – Submit your official post-secondary documents for assessment. View English language requirements by country

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, 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 are qualified to work in any organization that requires map-making, including government departments such as Parks Canada, Statistics Canada, Agriculture Canada, Department of Natural Resources and provincial tourism departments. You are also in demand by private survey and mapping companies.
  • Our graduates work in Nova Scotia and around the world in a variety of mapping applications. A significant number of graduates have gone on to find successful careers as independent consultants.
  • Additional skills and abilities, including your math, reading and workplace skills, are essential for your success in Trades and Technology programs. Trades and Technology Preparation Checklist (PDF 23KB).

Other info

  • Important Abilities and Skills – Good colour and stereoscopic vision are physical requirements of a successful cartographer. Weaknesses in either may restrict your opportunities in this concentration and in future employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Next Steps

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