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Advertising, B.Des.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Toronto, Canada
The Advertising program from OCAD University is Canada’s top advertising program through a combo of classes in graphic design, branding, creative copywriting and career-building skills. More than half of students get offered jobs before they even graduate at Canada’s only four-year university advertising program.
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Overview

In this Advertising program from OCAD University, instructors who work in the advertising field will teach you:

  • Design
  • Storytelling
  • Digital
  • Copywriting
  • Typography
  • Layout
  • Strategy
  • Consumer behaviours and market research
  • Art direction
  • Film
  • User experience
  • Public relations

You will learn storytelling from many different points of views. You will be encouraged to challenge tradition and consider different viewpoints and values.

In fourth year, you’ll work in boot camps with real clients and create real campaigns. In the past, students have worked with McCain Pizza Pockets and Sony Playstation. This means you can say you’ve sold a creative concept before even finishing school – a huge advantage when you’re looking for a job.

You’ll also benefit from guest speakers from Canada’s biggest ad agencies and have the opportunity to do internships. Acclaimed alum of the program include many top creative directors in Canada and worldwide, including Elspeth Lynn, Creative Director for Saatchi & Saatchi in London, UK, Wain Choi, Global VP ECD at Cheil Worldwide in Korea and Carlos Moreno, Global Chief Creative Officer for Cossette.

More than half of fourth year students have jobs lined up before they even graduate. 

Many of Canada’s top advertising creatives are graduates of OCAD U’s program.

  • Advertising agencies and marketing firms
  • In-house marketing for companies
  • Digital agencies
  • Design companies
  • Production and film studios

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    20 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Typography
  • Drawing
  • Colour and two dimensional design
  • Writing
  • Design history

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    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:

    84

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  • Minimum required score:

    580

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

  • For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Portfolio (samples of your work and a visual representation of who you are)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Other requirements

Tuition Fee

  • International

    27882 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13941 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7262 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 3631 CAD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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