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 RBC 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 university has implemented a commitment to extend access to career-related services and individual career support for new grads for one year after graduating.

“At OCAD University, students learn and apply the necessary 21st-century skills of creativity, collaboration and problem-solving, not just in their areas of practice, but across multiple disciplines,” says president Ana Serrano. “Our graduates are career-ready professionals who are fuelling innovation in all areas of the economy.”

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Standout Programs
• Environmental Design: Students learn about expressive interior spaces and architecture, and transform ideas into spatial designs through projects and studios.
Indigenous Visual Culture: This program combines foundation courses in painting, drawing, sculpture and media with courses in the cultural, visual, social and political history of Indigenous people.
• Creative Writing: This studio-based program includes art and design classes. Students also focus on the practice and production of written and spoken text as well as experimental language forms.

Cool Courses
3D Modeling and Animation: Explore modeling, texture mapping and 3D cinematography. Get an introduction to asset creation, gaming and rapid prototyping.
• Jewellery: Casting: Examine the historical, technical and cultural aspects of body adornment. Learn traditional casting processes.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)
Minimum Entering Grades
Arts: 70%, plus ­portfolio
Student Body
Undergraduates: Full-time: 3,344 · Part-time: 1,079
Graduates: Full-time: 219 · Part-time: 100
International Students: First-year: 31.3% · Graduate: 25.6%
Male-female Ratio: 30 to 70
Housing Facts
Residence: Not offered

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