101 – OCAD University

University program information changes regularly. For the most up-to-date details, view the online application.

Last updated: October 3, 2016

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Reminders

  • You may only apply to 1 program.
  • A $50 fee, payable in advance to OCAD University is required to cover the cost of the portfolio or supplementary application materials review.
  • Email is the primary communication tool for admissions to OCAD University. Important messages outlining the next steps required to complete your application and other important information will be sent to the email address associated with your application.
  • After submitting an online application, add the “ocadu.ca” domain to your email “safe senders” list and check your junk-mail and spam folder box regularly.

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About OCAD University

History

Established in 1876, OCAD University was the first school in Canada dedicated exclusively to the education of professional artists in fine and commercial art.

Today, OCAD University is one of the largest art and design universities in North America.

Specializing in creativity and innovation, we are building on our traditional, studio‑based strengths and adding new approaches to learning that champion cross‑disciplinary studies, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies.

Special Characteristics

OCAD University is located in the heart of Toronto, one of the world’s most multicultural cities and Canada’s largest centre for art, design, culture and business. Our students are encouraged to take full advantage of the university’s downtown location, which links to an extended campus of design studios, art galleries, artist‑run centres and museums.

Our professors are leading artists, designers and scholars who represent Canada’s largest art and design faculty. OCAD U’s unique learning environment allows students to receive individual attention and work with educators in smaller class settings. The 4,000+ student population represents a wide variety of geographical, cultural and educational backgrounds and creates a vibrant, energetic atmosphere.

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Undergraduate Degrees and Areas of Major

OCAD University offers Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Design (BDes) and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees with the following areas of major and specializations:

  • Advertising (BDes)
  • Criticism & Curatorial Practice (BFA)
  • Cross‑Disciplinary Art: Life Studies (BFA)
  • Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications (BFA)
  • Digital Futures (BDes or BFA)
  • Drawing & Painting: Non-Specialized (BFA)
  • Drawing & Painting: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (BFA)
  • Environmental Design (BDes) Note: Interior Design Specialization available in year 3
  • Graphic Design (BDes)
  • Illustration (BDes)
  • Indigenous Visual Culture (BFA)
  • Industrial Design (BDes)
  • Integrated Media: Non-Specialized (BFA)
  • Integrated Media: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (BFA)
  • Material Art & Design: Fibre (BDes or BFA)
  • Material Art & Design: Jewellery/Metalsmithing (BDes or BFA)
  • Photography (BFA)
  • Printmaking (BFA)
  • Sculpture/Installation (BFA)
  • Visual and Critical Studies (BA)

Visit the OCAD University website for further information about our degrees, majors, specializations, minors, courses and graduate degrees.

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Entry Points and Application Deadline

The fall semester beginning in September each year is the only entry point for all programs. All applications must be received by February 1, 2017. You may only apply to one program at OCAD University.

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Academic Requirements

As an applicant from an Ontario high school, you must complete the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an overall academic average of at least 70 percent in six 4U/M courses, including ENG4U with a minimum final grade of 70%. View more information about academic requirements.

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English‑Language Proficiency Requirements

If English is not your first language and you have not completed 4 consecutive years of study in an English‑language school system, you are required to provide additional documentation of English‑language proficiency. View more information about minimum English proficiency test scores.

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Program Notes (Non‑Studio Degree Programs)

The Honours Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies is a new degree program at OCAD U that officially launched in September 2014. This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for the period from June 2012 to June 2020.

Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions).

In addition to academic requirements, there are supplementary materials required for admission to OCAD U’s non-studio degree (BA). Find further details and deadlines for submission of the supplemental application.

A $50 fee, payable in advance to OCAD University, is required to cover the cost of the supplemental materials evaluation.

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Program Notes (Studio‑Based Degree Programs)

Admission to OCAD University’s studio‑based degree programs (BDes and BFA) is based primarily on a portfolio assessment. All offers based on the strength of the portfolio are conditional upon successful completion of the academic entrance requirements.

Portfolios are reviewed primarily in February each year and you must present or submit a portfolio to be considered for admission. You will be notified of further details and deadlines by email.

A $50 fee, payable in advance to OCAD University, is required to cover the cost of the portfolio review. View specific portfolio guidelines and information about submission methods.

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Financial Aid and Awards

The Financial Matters website contains information about government student loans, bursary plans, scholarships, awards and financial counselling.

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Disability Support Services

OCAD University provides individualized support services for students with disabilities. All information regarding a student’s disability is kept confidential. You are encouraged to identify yourself so that your needs may be accommodated through our Centre for Students with Disabilities. View disability support information.

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Residence Accommodations

OCAD University does not have its own residence facilities. There are excellent housing resources/referrals, including links to independent residences around Toronto available on the housing website.

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Campus Visits

Throughout the year, we offer tours and host a number of events that are a great introduction to life at the university. For more information on tours visit the campus visits website.

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Contact Information

The Admissions & Recruitment department makes every effort to help all prospective students understand the application process and requirements. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Mailing Address:
OCAD University
Admissions & Recruitment
100 McCaul Street
Toronto ON M5T 1W1

In‑person Inquiries:
Level 1, 230 Richmond Street West
Toronto ON  M5V 2C5

Telephone: 416‑977‑6000, ext. 4869
Toll‑free: 1‑800‑382‑6516
Email: admissions@ocadu.ca

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