OCAD University

OCAD University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1876

OCAD University campus

OCAD University, known for its studio-based and experiential education and research, offers three bachelor’s streams in 18 majors, more than 20 art-related minors in subjects such as wearable technology, and seven master’s degrees. Each spring, graduating students show their work over several days in a public exhibition, GradEx. Their audience includes recruiters looking for new talent for galleries and firms.

The downtown Toronto campus borders on trendy Queen Street West and busy Chinatown. It’s hard to miss the Sharp Centre for Design, which sits on spindly multicoloured columns behind the Art Gallery of Ontario, where students get free admission. Across the street, in the refurbished Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, the new Experiential Learning Centre provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. The pavilion also houses the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, which offers specialized creative career development for students and recent grads, including experiential learning placements, professional mentorship, gallery exhibitions and employment opportunities. OCAD U has additional space for graduate studies, research labs and studios on Richmond Street West, including the Onsite Gallery. The Imagination Catalyst, an entrepreneurship and commercialization incubator, is located on the city’s waterfront.

“We look forward to amplifying OCAD University’s digitally focused learning and research, as well as its connections to industry and community partners,” says Sara Diamond, who is wrapping up 15 years as president. (Ana Serrano will succeed her.)

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Standout Programs
Creative Writing: By the end of this studio-based B.F.A. program, each student will complete a body of work (book, recording, performance, installation piece, broadcast/digital work) suitable for publication.
Design in Advertising: This bachelor’s program covers 2D and 3D disciplines, digital, analog, virtual and experiential platforms, and explores how to integrate traditional forms of communication and usability with new user experiences and interfaces.
Digital Painting and Expanded Animation: This specialization is open to students in both the integrated media program and the drawing and painting program. Students can experiment with stop-motion, installation and other 2D and 3D techniques.

Cool Courses
3D Modelling and Animation: This course covers modelling, texture mapping, animation and 3D cinematography.
Advanced Wearable Electronics: Students learn the design behind wearable electronics, including ways to approach circuits, as well as how to create prototypes.

$7,137 (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70%, plus ­portfolio
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,205 · Part-time: 1,054
Graduates: Full-time: 203 · Part-time: 98
International Students: First-year: 27% ·
Graduate: 22%
Male-Female Ratio: 30 to 70
Housing Facts
Residence: Not offered

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