Bachelor of Applied Arts (Craft and Design)

General Information

This four-year articulated degree program offers a unique combination of academic and practical study, offering the advanced reasoning, research, and writing skills of a traditional liberal arts education at UNB along with the hands-on experience of studio art courses offered by the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design, one of Canada's most respected fine craft and design schools.


Admission to the Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) program is through the University of New Brunswick. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for the BA degree and will follow the normal admission procedures of the University of New Brunswick. Students must indicate on both admission forms which institution they wish to attend first. Deadline to apply is March 31.

Prospective applicants and students wishing to transfer into the program with advanced credit should contact the office of the Dean of Arts or the BAA program advisors at either UNB or the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design.

Program of Study

The BAA is a four-year degree program, two years of which are taken at the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD) and the remaining two years (60 ch) at the University of New Brunswick Fredericton (UNBF). The two required years at NBCCD will generally consist of the Foundation Visual Arts Certificate and the first year of the Diploma in Fine Craft. Students may start at either institution, may attend each school in alternate years, or complete the requirements of one before moving on to another.

Year 1 at UNB

The first year consists of 24 ch at the first-year level and 6 ch at either the first-year or second-year level. Students may be advised to take certain courses that relate to their interest in craft and design, to their future career plans, and/or to upper-level courses they plan to take in Year 2 at UNB. 

Courses are required as follows:

  • ARTS 1000 (6 ch)
  • 6 ch in each of three disciplines chosen from the four groups of disciplines (A, B, C, D) listed below (18 ch).
  • The remaining 6 ch may be taken in any Arts or Science discipline, or taken as 3 ch in each of two disciplines, including those already being taken this year; the course(s) in this category may be at either the first-year or second-year level. In addition to disciplines listed in groups A-D, students may take courses in Drama, Film, Music, Women's Studies, or International Development Studies to meet this requirement (6 ch).
A (Languages)1 B (Humanities) C (Social Sciences) D (Sciences)2
Chinese Classics  Anthropology Astronomy
French English Archeology Biology
German History Economics Chemistry
Greek (Ancient) Media Arts & Cultures Political Science Computer Science
Greek (Modern) Philosophy Psychology Earth Sciences
Japanese World Literature & Culture Studies Sociology Mathematics 
Latin Physics
Russian Statistics


  1. Other languages such as Arabic, Maliseet, and Mi'kmaq (when available) may be taken to satisfy the requirements of Group A. 
  2. Lower level laboratory courses taken in other Faculties will not be counted in the credit hour total but will be counted in the calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA) for the BA program. 

Year 2 at UNB

The second year at UNB consists of 30 ch of lecture courses or seminars, of which at least 24 ch must be chosen from the 3000-4000 level in consultation with the program advisor. Normally, students may not take independent study, reading, or thesis courses. The course selection should support the student's interest in craft and design. Courses required are as follows:

  • 12 ch in Cultural Studies and Art History
  • 6 ch in humanities, social sciences, fine arts
  • 6 ch in skill development: math, language, multimedia, science, English (creative or expository writing)
  • 6 ch optional from any of the above or others as approved

Year 1 and Year 2 at NBCCD

BBA students must take two complete years of study at NBCCD. For their first year, students normally take the Foundation Visual Arts Certificate. For their second year, they take the first year of a Diploma program in a studio of their choice. Below is the typical list of courses for these programs:

Year 1 at NBCCD

1. Fall Semester

  • The Creative Process
  • Drawing from Observation
  • 2D Design
  • Communications and Student Success
  • History of Visual Culture: Pre-History to 1600
  • History Tutorial
  • Media Explorations: 2 from Ceramics, Photography, Fashion Design, Jewellery and Metal Arts, Textiles/Fibre Arts, Integrated Media, Graphic Design.

2. Winter Semester

  • Colour Study
  • Drawing from Observation: Form and Expression
  • 3-D Design
  • History of Visual Culture 1600 to the Present
  • History Tutorial
  • Media Explorations: 4 from Ceramics, Photography, Fashion Design, Jewellery and Metal Arts, Textiles/Fibre Arts, Integrated Media, Graphic Design

Year 2 at NBCCD

1. Fall Semester

  • Communication (or Studio History for Photography Students)
  • Drawing
  • 15 hours per week of classes in chosen studio (Ceramics, Photography, Fashion Design, Jewellery and Metal Arts, Textiles/Fibre Arts, Integrated Media, Graphic Design)

2. Winter Semester

  • Studio History
  • Design
  • 15 hours per week of classes in same chosen studio as in the Fall Semester