Cartography Concentration

Geographic SciencesCartography Concentration

Start Date:
2 Years
Full-time (In-class)
+Locations & Availability
September 2017 COGS • Lawrencetown New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Concentration Overview

The Cartography concentration is a second year option of the Geographic Sciences diploma program.

Combining science, esthetics and technique, cartography is the study and practice of making maps. As a cartographer, you are a visual communicator, building and illustrating maps that are attractive yet functional, so they can be quickly and easily used and understood. Your work may go on to stand as a valuable cartographic information source for many years.

Some of the areas you study are open source mapping, animated and interactive cartography, map production and research techniques. You enjoy hands-on learning and detail-oriented work and use the latest data software and equipment.

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.

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Student Highlights

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    Why Take It"Learning about all the data that can be used to create amazing maps."
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    Highlight"Learning how to use multiple software applications."
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    Cool Activity"Being able to produce high quality maps."

Admission Requirements

  • Successful completion of Geographic Sciences – Year 1 or Advanced Standing.
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Geographic Sciences program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) and/or work experience that meets the Academic Requirements of the first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

Employment Opportunities

  • You are qualified to work in any organization that requires map-making, including government departments like 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 Grads

  • 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.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Electives – Choose from several electives, including Community Mapping, Cartographic Image Rendering and Cartographic Techniques.
  • Important Abilities & 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.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
CART 3031   Animated and Interactive Cartography
CART 3032   Map Production Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
CART 3034   Thematic Mapping II
CART 3035   Web Mapping I
CART 4031   Advanced CAD Graphics
CART 4032   Thematic Project
CART 4035   Web Mapping II
CART 4201   Cartographic Techniques
CART 4204   Terrain and Statistical Visualization
GEOM 3010   GeoProcessing and Problem Solving I
GEOM 3030   Open Source Mapping
GEOM 5500   Applied Learning II
    Geographic Sciences - Cartography electives course requirement. Learners must complete .75 units/credits of elective courses consistent with goals outlined in their portfolio.

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