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Indigenous Visual Culture, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Toronto, Canada
In the Indigenous Visual Culture program from OCAD University, you will be inspired to learn from the creative traditions of of First Nations, Métis and Inuit art and design practices. 
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The Indigenous Visual Culture program from OCAD University includes studio-based courses where you make your own art and design. It also includes studying the visual, cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples.

This unique program develops Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students’ knowledge of Indigenous cultural and artistic practices, including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, installation and digital media.

Students in the program receive academic, cultural, social, and wellness support through the Indigenous Visual Culture Student Centre.

Students in the program are creative, innovative and curious and have many different skills and interests. Most have story telling instincts and strong imaginations. Some have drawing and painting ability or dance experience, some are DJs or VJs with an interest in communication. Many have well-developed visual-spatial skills and are interested in screens, games or performance, digital media production or computer programming.

Graduates of the program work at:

  • Publishing companies
  • Advertising and graphic design firms
  • Digital studios
  • Community organizations
  • Freelance illustration

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:

  • Observational drawing
  • Design process
  • Illustrative concepts
  • Observational painting
  • Art and design history

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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
  • If you are applying from a country or school system with English as the official language of instruction, a minimum grade of B or 70% numeric equivalent in English 12 or equivalent course is required. 
  • If your first language is not English and you have not completed at least four consecutive years of high school in an English-medium school system, you are required to present the successful results of an English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT).

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

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


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