NSCAD Students Celebrate Women Through Design

first_img The students researched the topics, interviewed practitioners and experts, then created visual presentation posters. “This project provided an excellent opportunity for students to learn more about Nova Scotia women, their accomplishments and equality challenges,” said Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “The level of understanding of the importance of women’s issues and accomplishments was evident in all of the art pieces, and I commend all of the students on their participation and work. I would also like to thank NSCAD for fostering learning about Nova Scotia women in this way and for demonstrating leadership to highlight important women’s issues.” The posters will be available at no cost through the Status of Women’s website. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women provided grant funding and mentoring to NSCAD to support the initiative. Four students will receive $200 honorariums for the top posters in each subject area. The project was also supported by various community organizations, such as Techsploration and Immigrant Settlement and Integration Services (ISIS). “These are really difficult issues and they generated a lot of discussion and opened a lot of eyes in the class,” says May Chung, associate professor in NSCAD’s design division. “This was much tougher than designing a logo for a company, for example. It enables a designer to realize that what they do can be read in so many different ways depending on the metaphors they use to construct concepts.” Students Jocelyn Spence and Josh Udall, who both created posters about violence against women, said they felt overwhelmed and exhausted at times by the immensity of the problem, but energized by researching and expressing such complex ideas visually. “The class was definitely an emotional roller coaster; these are serious subjects and they affect real people,” said Mr. Udall, from Toronto. “Our classmates helped a lot to further our ideas, so that our work was so much better in the end.” “Ultimately (the class) proved we have a voice on issues and that’s really empowering and awesome,” said Ms. Spence, from Dartmouth. women in leadership women’s economic security freedom from violence for women and girls women’s health and wellness. NSCAD students have put their skills to work and gained a greater understanding of women’s issues through a partnership with the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. After four months of research and reflection by NSCAD University design students their posters on women’s issues were unveiled at a reception today, April 15. Students created awareness posters on four areas:last_img