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Halifax: Ceramics in the City

JUNE 20-JULY 20, 2015

(Registration Deadline: March 6, 2015)

This trip is the result of a partnership between MICA, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design's (NSCAD) Ceramics department, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Co-designed by Mathew Karas, full-time ceramics faculty at MICA and Rory Macdonald, chair of the NSCAD Ceramics department. Students will be exposed to new resources and approaches to working in ceramics within a public context: Halifax. This studio-intensive trip centers on the resolution of an architectural problem: to design and build something for the city, in the city, thinking through materials and location to find form. Students will have the opportunity to experience and utilize NSCAD's Ceramics department state of the art ceramics studio. Nova Scotia has a rich cultural heritage and a local history of both skilled craft and cutting edge art. Some of Canada's oldest British and French settlements are in this maritime region, as well as native Mi'kmaq groups, and immigrants who entered this hub, post-World-War, and decided to stay.

Halifax, particularly its center city, is a major cultural spot within Canada's Atlantic provinces with a large population of young adults who influence the local cultural and music scene. Halifax has a number of art galleries, theaters, and museums, as well as most of the region's national-quality sports and entertainment facilities. Halifax is also the home to many of the region's major cultural attractions, such as Halifax Pop Explosion, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, The Khyber, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, and the Neptune Theatre. This trip includes studio time, trips to Cape Breton's Louisbourg Fortress, the Fundy Shore, and Lunenburg (a UNESCO Heritage Site). Program fees include housing, museum and site entrances, ground transportation, weekend activities and some meals.


Mathew Karas is a ceramic artist and designer. His work plays with function, as a language to mediate art and daily life. "Objects are an intersection between people, culture and history. The things with which we surround ourselves lead a double life: they both function for, and define, their users. I work in ceramics because of the material's ability to incidentally infiltrate and affect our daily lives." Mat is Assistant Professor of Ceramics at MICA.

Rory Macdonald is currently Associate Professor of Ceramics and Chair of Craft at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. He is interested in the role of ceramics within the practice of craft, design and art concentrating on the development of new public audiences and spaces for contemporary ceramics. Central to his current research is the exploration of the concept of public craft.


  • $4,300 Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in Ceramics. Credits may apply as Studio Elective.
  • $5,890 Includes tuition for 3 undergraduate credits in Ceramics + 3 undergraduate credits in Art History (with approval from department)
  • Graduate credit is available to qualified students for $85 per credit above the $4,300 base fee (contact program coordinator below).


Contact program coordinator Mat Karas at

Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors--18 years or older with a valid passport--who have completed at least one year of college. For all programs, credits can be applied to Studio Elective. For more information, or to inquire about scholarships, contact the School for Professional and Continuing Studies at or 410-225-2219.