NSCAD Digital Theses

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A History of the Exhibition 'In This Place'
The history of art institutions and Black artists in Nova Scotia has involved struggles and frustrations. What this essay attempts to make evident is that real change happens, despite obstacles that exist. The history of Black artists in Nova Scotia, from Jim Shirley to Carrie Mae Weems to Buseje Bailey, is the history of people who understood the power in their own hands.
A Journey to Self-Care
"The welfare of the disabled has recently become an important issue in China. However, compared with those with physical disabilities, people who experience intellectual disabilities receive much less social attention. As a result, the social services currently available cannot meet the demands of the intellectually disabled, meaning that the service utilization and the degree of satisfaction are relatively low compared to the service demands. Currently, most studies and policies related to intellectual disabilities are society- or institution-orientated, whereas the support for individuals’ daily activities is much less established. In China, it is common for people with intellectual challenges to live with their families, which may be a burden. So, it is necessary to explore services that would cater to fundamental daily activities and needs, such as dressing, food preparation, accommodation, and travel. The primary aim of this study is to explore the usage and application of design to help people with intellectual disabilities achieve a certain level of self-care. The questions we will be exploring are: how can design be used to benefit intellectually disabled people in their daily lives, and what kind of design would this entail?"
A Sense of Place
"If people are the heart of a community, then the local museum acts as the brain and keeper of a community’s soul. A museum is storage for memories, knowledge, and ideas that citizens can experience, consider, and grow from. In a museum exhibition, people can learn about the past to help build their future. They can find a new understanding of the neighbours around them, and in doing so, discover a new understanding of themselves and the part they play in the entire society. Museums are a crucial element in understanding community evolution. This concept is especially noticeable in smaller, urban Canadian communities where local history often has such a large impact on present, everyday life. My research seeks to understand how the design of a museum exhibit can foster a stronger sense of belonging in these smaller, Canadian communities."
At a Far Distance, True Colours and Shapes
Higher education has embraced the advantages of distance learning, but while current distance learning environments can be utilized for teaching visual designs at a distance, they are not ideal for the task. Simultaneously, the professional community has registered disappointment with student outcomes in web and interaction design programs. There two circumstances can be used as a rationale for conceptualizing an improvised distance learning environment model for teaching design. Using Action Research Methodology as a model for exploration this thesis presents a speculative improved model of distance learning aimed at visual design courses.
Burning Issue
"In China, burning agricultural waste (especially straw) is one of the practices contributing to the country’s massive pollution problem. It also has a negative health impact on people. Although the burning of the agricultural waste is for the most part illegal, it remains the most common way for Chinese farmers to rid themselves of unwanted materials and by-products of the industry. The present thesis begins by analyzing the background of straw burning in China, providing information on the pollution produced by the burning from a public health viewpoint, and listing the detrimental consequences that it brings. Next, the thesis tackles the problem of how design can reduce straw burning. This section presents a summary of several different alternative recycling pathways to replace/reduce burning and also analyzes the current situation and expectations of agricultural recycling in China. In the research design portion of the thesis study, straw bale construction becomes the main focus, including its feasibility, technologies, benefits, and challenges in the context of Chinese rural areas. Finally, using both quantitive and qualitative methods, the research attempts to find a suitable way to promote straw bale construction and to apply its technologies for the benefit of the Chinese public."
Canadian Currency Design
This thesis is an exploration of what defines the Canadian cultural experience through the medium of currency design. Canada has unique cultural attributes that are evident in the everyday object of a bank note, which are intended, but not guaranteed, to contribute to a better understanding of what it means to be Canadian.
Challenging Authority
"This thesis explores the evolution of art education and examines current changes to programs and curricula in Nova Scotia in order to assess whether such changes reflect the realities of our changing communities."
Character Design
"Character design is a very broad term. To understand how widely used this term is, consider character design in video games and then think of the character design of a room . This term, 'character design' is widely used to help express the feeling of an object or area; therefore, a wider understanding of the term in needed to fully understand character design within a specific genera. This term will be discussed, first from a wider spectrum of the meaning, and then focus on the term used within one sector, animation."
Chinese Balance Meets Western Harmony
"The Book of Changes is an unique philosophical publication which contains Chinese wisdom and aesthetics of balance. Over the centuries, it has provided inspiration for many fields, including design. This thesis study first introduces the objective and significance for exploring the Book of Changes, and then reviews the existing theory for the ratio 3 to 7 from the Book of Changes. This study intends to show that the balanced and harmonious 3:7 ratio is one of the most crucial rules and principles used in Chinese painting, architecture and Chinese traditional dragon patterns. Finally, the work summarizes a recent discovery of the 3:7 ratio in Western graphic design in order to open up new possibilities, facilitate cultural fusion, and also to experiment with it to see if it could make better design."
Collected Perceptions from the Associative Material
"Problems arise when trying to look at an artist's production during a specific period of time. Confusion ensues about the context provided by the continually expanding corpus and the parallel development of an "associative field"."
Constant...Intervals
Constant ... Intervals presents three instances of journalistic rhythm. These works distill and re-visualize real -time news data, foregrounding the ebb and flow of events that enter the roaming journalistic lens. Composed of newsprint, digital projection and reflected screens, this exhibition uses a counter-aesthetic of muted visuals and decelerated movements as a reply to the shimmering techno-graphics of 24-hour news channels and the urgent streams of seemingly constant reportage.

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