OCAD University

Founded 1876 | Toronto, ON

OCAD University, which is known for its studio-based and experiential art 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. The downtown Toronto campus borders on trendy Queen Street West and busy Chinatown. Refurbished Rosalie Sharp Pavilion is home to the Experiential Learning Centre, which provides hands-on learning opportunities for students, as well as the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, which offers specialized creative career development—including advice, experiential learning placements, entrepreneurship, professional mentorship, gallery exhibitions and employment opportunities—for students and recent grads. OCAD U has additional space for graduate studies, research labs and studios on Richmond Street West, including the Onsite Gallery. 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 university has also implemented individual career supports for 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.”

Campus Buzz

Students can create video content using professional equipment, including lighting, recording and editing tools, and have it streamed on the OCAD U Live channel. 

Standout Programs

• Experimental Animation: Students explore animation as a contemporary art form, drawing on traditional and digital media, using augmented/virtual reality, 2D, 3D, stop-motion and digital compositing animation.

• Creative Writing: This program takes a studio-based approach, integrating visual, aural and written expression. Students develop their writing while exploring other art and design practices.

• Indigenous Visual Culture: Students take foundational courses in painting, drawing, sculpture and integrated media while deepening their understanding of the visual, social and political history of Indigenous people.

Tuition (includes compulsory ancillary fees)


Minimum Entering Grades

Arts: 70%, plus ­portfolio

Student Body

Undergraduates: Full-time: 4,322 | Part-time: 404

Graduates: Full-time: 232 | Part-time: 84

International Students: First-year: 24.5% | Graduate: 47.8%

Housing Facts

Residence: Not offered

Cool Courses

• Animated Storytelling: Critically explore the visual vocabulary of animation through theme development, staging, screenwriting and storyboarding.

• Guerrilla Entrepreneurship: Learn about self-publishing, production, DIY marketing tactics and business plans.

Student Life on Campus

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