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OCAD University

OCAD University | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1876


OCAD University campus

OCAD University, known for studio-based and experiential education and research, offers three bachelor’s streams for undergrads with 16 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 by British architect Will Alsop, which sits on spindly multicoloured columns behind the Art Gallery of Ontario, where students get free admission. OCAD U has created new space for graduate studies, research labs and additional studios on Richmond Street West. Highlights include the Onsite Gallery, as well as the Imagination Catalyst, an entrepreneurship and commercialization incubator. OCAD U launched the Creative City Campus project in 2016, to further expand and enhance facilities. In the works: a research facility 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 president Sara Diamond.

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Standout Programs
Digital Painting and Expanded Animation: Combines traditional and digital animation techniques, including 3-D modelling, texturing and rendering, and digital painting and composition.
• Industrial Design: Through research and analysis, students develop products and solutions to meet current and emerging human needs. Focuses on consumer and commercial products, furniture, interaction and experience design, applied innovation and strategic creativity.
• Photography: Students learn contemporary and historical photographic practices and technical skills to develop artistic vision. Upper-year students have opportunities to gain real-world experience through a placement in the arts community or through an exhibition of their photographs.

Cool Courses
Indigenous New Media/Film: Students consider how Indigenous artists and filmmakers engage with colonization/decolonization, cultural revitalization, storytelling and social engagement through digital technology, video and film.
• Silversmithing: Covers major techniques such as forging, sinking and raising metal forms; explores the malleability of copper, brass and silver metals. Students explore their personal design process and create vessels, flatware and domestic objects.

Minimum entering grade Tuition Number of students Residence spaces
Arts: 70% (plus portfolio) $7,299 Undergraduates: 4,346
Graduates: 255
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