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 for undergrads in 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, which sits on spindly multicoloured columns behind the Art Gallery of Ontario, where students get free admission. Across the street, the new Experiential Learning Centre provides hands-on learning opportunities for students. It 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 president Sara Diamond.

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Standout Programs
Creative Writing: This studio-based B.F.A. welcomes attitude, on and off the page. By the end of their degree, 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.
Indigenous Visual Culture: Students learn from the creative traditions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit art and design practices. The program includes studio-based courses and focuses on the visual, cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples.

Cool Courses
Spoken Word, Dub and Performance: Students experiment with creating socially relevant poetry as they learn how to embody their words in performance.
• Visual Analytics and Data Visualization: This course explores the emerging field of data analytics, which involves data extraction knowledge derived from computer science, data analysis and data visualization.

Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70%, plus ­portfolio
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,204 · Part-time: 1,021
Graduates: Full-time: 186 · Part-time: 87
International Students: First-year: 20% ·
Graduate: 22%
Male-Female Ratio: 30 to 70
Not offered

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