105 – OCAD University

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

Last updated: September 19, 2017

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About OCAD University


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 1 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, 1 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 (BFA)
  • Drawing & Painting: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (BFA)
  • Environmental Design: Interior Design (BDes)
  • Environmental Design: Non-Specialized (BDes)
  • Graphic Design (BDes)
  • Illustration (BDes)
  • Indigenous Visual Culture (BFA)
  • Industrial Design (BDes)
  • Integrated Media (BFA)
  • Integrated Media: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (BFA)
  • Material Art & Design: Textiles (BDes or BFA)
  • Material Art & Design: Jewellery/Metalsmithing (BDes or BFA)
  • Photography (BFA)
  • Printmaking (BFA)
  • Sculpture/Installation (BFA)
  • Visual and Critical Studies (BA)

Visit OCAD University’s 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, 2018. You may only apply to 1 program at OCAD University.

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Academic Entrance Requirements and Admission Information

Ontario Applicants

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with an overall academic average of at least 70% in six 4U/M courses, including ENG4U with a minimum final grade of 70%. Find more information for Ontario applicants.

Canadian Applicants from Outside Ontario

Grade 12 high school diploma with an overall academic average of at least 70%, including a university preparatory Grade 12 English with a minimum final grade of 70%. Find more information about applying from outside Ontario.

International Applicants

Senior high school graduation equivalent to Grade 12 in Ontario with an overall academic average of at least 70% and satisfactory documentation to demonstrate proficiency in English. Find details about international applicants.

Mature Applicants

A mature applicant is an applicant who is not engaged in formal education for at least 2 years and is at least 20 years of age by September 1 of the year of intended enrollment.

Previous educational experience is considered by the university in reaching an admission decision for individuals applying under this category. Official transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended must be submitted.

You must demonstrate proficiency in English.

Upper-year applicants in this category must submit appropriate transcripts and course syllabi. International applicants are eligible for admission as mature applicants but must satisfy proof of English proficiency. Find details about mature applicants.

Upper-Year Applicants

Those applying to an upper year (years 2 or 3) must have at least 1 year of postsecondary education that is determined to be the equivalent of the first year of the selected program.

This equivalency must be documented by transcripts and course syllabi from recognized educational institutions.

Year level placement and acceptance is based on the strength of your portfolio/supplemental application and academic history. You must also provide proof of English proficiency. Find details about upper-year applicants.

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Articulation Agreement

Only applicants who qualify for current articulation agreements or transfer pathways with OCAD University are eligible to apply using this category. Find information about OCAD University’s articulation agreements.

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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. Find more information about English proficiency, including minimum 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 Advanced Education and Skills Development for the period of 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 entrance requirements, there are supplementary writing sample assignments required for admission to OCAD U’s Visual and Critical Studies (BA) program. 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 supplemental materials evaluation. Find further details and deadlines for submission of the supplemental application.

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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 the result of 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 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 information about specific portfolio guidelines and submission methods.

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Supplemental Fee

A non‑refundable supplemental evaluation fee of $65 is required to process each application. This fee is submitted directly to the OUAC.

Note: The OUAC will not process your application until the supplemental fee has been remitted.

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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 about 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. Visit the disability services website.

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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 campus visits, view our Events and Tours website.

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Contact Information

The Admissions & Recruitment department makes every effort to help all prospective students throughout the application process. 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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