Ex­tended Stud­ies

NSCAD Univer­sity

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Ju­lian Covey

Run­ning camps and classes is both “nerve-wack­ing and amaz­ing.”

What in­spired you to go to NSCAD for your de­gree?

I was do­ing a foun­da­tion art and de­sign pro­gram in On­tario and one of my men­tors was a NSCAD alumni. He’d al­ways talk about it, and be­cause of his encouragement I ap­plied. The thought that drew me here was be­com­ing a de­signer. I love the sat­is­fac­tion of hav­ing an idea and bring­ing it into re­al­ity, so it was a no-brainer for me to move across the coun­try for NSCAD.

How did you set­tle into one pro­gram?

I got into ce­ram­ics on a whim. I came here think­ing about de­sign and work­ing three­d­i­men­sion­ally. I took a sem­i­nar pot­tery class, be­cause I’d seen it on TV as a kid. From the first time I touched the pot­tery wheel, I knew I had to stay there and that I was a ce­ram­ics stu­dent.

How has that ex­pe­ri­ence changed as you’ve con­tin­ued your ed­u­ca­tion?

It’s evolved tremen­dously. I had to take dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines of ce­ram­ics. I ended up tak­ing a class on mold­ing and slip cast­ing, which is work­ing with liq­uid clay and plas­ter molds. That’s where I am now. I think it res­onates with me be­cause it’s still in the neigh­bour­hood of de­sign.

What other projects do you work on out­side of class?

I started work­ing with the Ex­tended Stud­ies pro­gram, run­ning sum­mer camps. I did three camps for dif­fer­ent age groups and also started as­sist­ing adult cour­ses. When the in­struc­tor wasn’t able to teach the class, the di­rec­tor of Ex­tended Stud­ies of­fered me the job, which was both nerve-wrack­ing and amaz­ing. I am now run­ning another camp for March Break and have been work­ing with Ex­tended Stud­ies on an art ed­u­ca­tion with Phoenix Youth. I am also teaching ce­ram­ics cour­ses at the Nova Sco­tia Cen­tre for Craft and De­sign.

What do you see your­self do­ing in the fu­ture?

One thing that I’ve learned here is that if there isn’t a job that ex­ists, you might be able to gen­er­ate your own. If I don’t end up work­ing some­where I have a few busi­ness ideas for the kind of things I could of­fer the com­mu­nity.

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