How to Get a Head Start on Your Craft & Design Education

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What could be better than checking out our new view book, taking a tour, and meeting with our instructors? Living a day in the life of one of our students, of course.

“I came in the morning,” said Student-for-a-Day Alexandre Allard, then a twelfth grade student at Sugarloaf Senior High. “The students were doing stuff with green screen – preparing stock footage to use in the second year. I sat in on it, mostly watching and asking questions. I was very comfortable, and really bonded with a few of them.”
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Being a Student-for-a-Day means you get to attend a day of classes at NBCCD in whichever program you are most attracted to, so you can test it out before you apply. This is not just hearing about a program, it’s actually being a part of it. With an average of 12 students for every one teacher, it is easy to get your questions answered in the classroom.

“Because the class size is so much smaller at NBCCD, it is a more intimate experience with the students and the teacher,” said Alexandre.
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You can get a feel for the instructors, the classroom dynamic, and the College atmosphere by spending a day living it. You can ask  current students any question you wish and get the – inside scoop on what it is like to be a learner in this environment.

“It reinforced my decision [to take the Digital Media Diploma]. All in all it just made me want to move down to Fredericton and get to work!”
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There is no cost for Student-for-a-Day, but you will need to register in advance so we have lots of time to select the best class experience for you. In Alexandre’s case, he is most interested in filmmaking, so the green-screen class was a great fit. If you are located within the Fredericton region, and you think you would like to spend even more than one day with us, you may even be eligible to take a Dual Enrolment class for credit towards both your High School Diploma and your Foundation Visual Arts Certificate at NBCCD.
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Entering the College fresh out of high school, Alexandre was permitted to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) program because of the high quality of his portfolio. This direct-entry option is available to mature students, or even high school students, who have a strong background in art. Each studio has slightly different portfolio requirements so it is important to check out each program’s webpage for full details. In general, our portfolio requirements look something like this:

One-page letter of intent
One-page art history essay
5 images of things that you have created – in any medium
2 drawings (still-life & figure)
Additional studio-specific requirements

After his experience in the classroom, Alexandre started with NBCCD this past September, and is now knee-deep into the Digital Media program. Along with his classmates (below) he will soon be selecting his major between the three streams of Audio/Video, 3D/Virtual Reality, and Web Design.
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“In the coming years, I am most excited for the senior practicum,” he says. “It will really allow me to apply what I’ve learned to a real-world situation.”

If you have been considering the College, now is a great time to schedule your Student-for-a-Day experience. Contact us at NBCCDRecruiting@gnb.ca .

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