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, we are 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.
We are 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. We encourage our students 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. Our unique learning environment allows you to receive individual attention and work with educators in smaller class settings.
The 4,500+ student population represents a wide variety of geographical, cultural and educational backgrounds, and creates a vibrant, energetic atmosphere.
The fall semester, beginning in September each year, is the only admission point for all programs. You may apply to only 1 program at OCAD University.
The recommended deadline to apply for all programs is February 1, 2024. We will consider applications received after February 1, 2024, as space permits, but some programs may not accept applications after this deadline.
As part of the application process, you must submit official transcripts from all high schools and postsecondary institutions you have attended.
Scholarships, Bursaries and Financial Aid
Tuition and Funding provides information about the cost of attending, scholarships and awards, financial assistance programs and ways to connect with our Financial Aid and Awards team.
We provide individualized support services for students with accessibility needs. We keep all information confidential. We encourage you to identify yourself so that Student Accessibility Services may accommodate your needs.
We do not have student residence facilities. There are excellent housing resources and referrals, including links to independent residences around Toronto, available from Housing Information.
Campus Tours and Events
Throughout the year, we offer information sessions, portfolio-building events and tours that are a great introduction to life at the University.
The Admissions & Recruitment department makes every effort to help you throughout the application process. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Admissions & Recruitment
100 McCaul Street
Toronto ON M5T 1W1
Rosalie Sharp Pavilion
Level 1, 115 McCaul Street
Toronto ON M5T 1G1
Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 4869