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Art History - Visual and Critical Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Study art history in the place art and design is made at Canada’s biggest art and design university. The Art History - Visual and Critical Studies program at OCAD University is unique, in that you also get to take studio courses and make art and design yourself.
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The Art History - Visual and Critical Studies program at OCAD University emphasizes the expanded field of modern and contemporary art history, which includes design, photography, architecture, performance and new media, as well as painting and sculpture.

You can choose from 90 visual culture courses and 80 courses in English, humanities, social sciences and science/technology. You’ll have an opportunity to choose from a range of minors, such as Indigenous Visual Culture and Digital Futures, as well as minors in English, Creative Writing and Social Science.

You will be taught by internationally recognized scholars in the fields of art, design and new media who are active in the fields of curating and publishing. And, you’ll have the opportunity to participate and publish in the Visual and Critical Studies student-driven publication, the Journal of Visual and Critical Studies.


  • Art curation and management
  • Arts journalism and criticism
  • Publishing
  • Graduate studies in art history, education, cultural and museum studies

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Global visual and material culture
  • First year studio
  • Critical frameworks art history
  • Art and globalization 1250-1800
  • History of modern art
  • Art history and visual culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Statement of Intent (required for all programs) and
  • Portfolio (required for all studio BFA, BDes programs) or
  • Writing sample (required for the BA in Visual and Critical Studies)
  • Official transcripts

Tuition Fee

  • International

    4647 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4647 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1210 CAD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1210 CAD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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