New Brunswick College of Craft and Design

Founded 1983 | Fredericton, NB

The New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) offers programs that emphasize excellence in the creation of fine craft, applied design and entrepreneurship. All students begin their studies in the one-year foundational visual arts (FVA) program, where they learn about 2D- and 3D-design theory, drawing, colour, art history, communications and the creative process.

Students then apply to a two-year diploma program and can choose to major in one of eight studios, including ceramics, fashion design, jewellery and metal arts and textile design. Students can also apply to the unique Wabanaki visual arts program, which focuses on the traditional and contemporary crafts of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Passamaquoddy peoples of the Atlantic region.

NBCCD has an average class size of 18 in the first year and 10 in diploma programs; these small classes create an intimate learning atmosphere in a school of no more than 320 students. The campus is located in downtown Fredericton, on the banks of the Saint John River near the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. Opportunities for experiential learning include student gallery exhibitions, fine craft sales and practicum placements. As the college does not offer student residences, most students rent rooms in downtown Fredericton.

Popular Programs

• Foundation Visual Arts

• Fashion Design

• Graphic Design

• 3D Digital Design

• Photography/Videography

School Size



• Diploma: $3,382

• Certificate: $3,382

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Foundation Visual Arts: This one-year preparatory program provides a broad overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts.

• Advanced Studio Practice: In this one-year certificate program, students develop the business skills, networking know-how and enhanced studio practice necessary to launch into self-employment or a successful career in the creative cultural sector.

• Fashion Design: Students learn fashion illustration, sewing, construction, draping and more. Graduates of this program have shown their clothes at New York Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week and across the globe.