OCAD University

OCAD University

OCAD University is Canada’s oldest and largest university for art, design and media located in downtown Toronto. As a student here, you benefit from hands-on studio learning. You have access to state-of-the-art shops and production facilities for both traditional and digital creation. You also take rich courses in humanities, business and science. 

Top reasons to study here

  • Our programs and research bridge fields of digital media and design, sustainability, health and wellness, cultural diversity and indigenous cultures.
  • Our students engage in creative studio-based, aesthetic and technical learning.
  • Finally, our location inspires. OCAD U is situated at the heart of the nation's art, design, business and new media capital.

About

History

Founded in 1876, OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, members of the OCAD U community are uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

Education

OCAD U continuously builds on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, members of the OCAD U community are uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

Research

Art, design and digital research and creative practices through a diversity of perspectives, methods and approaches. As Canada's university of the imagination, OCAD University offers a depth and breadth of undergraduate and graduate critical inquiry. The university engages in art and design research and creative practices through a diversity of perspectives, methods and approaches. Due to OCADU's pivotal role in maintaining a community of existing artists and designers, as well as training the new generations of artists and designers, it also functions as a cultural institution within the City of Toronto, with influence nationally and internationally.

Career

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. We provide direction, resources and opportunities which lead to the realization of transformative personal and early-career goals.

The Career Development office has the experience, networks and agility to take on ambitious partnerships which benefit students and recent alumni. We facilitate connections and develop strong relationships which result in recruitment for all manner of paid creative work opportunities.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards

Services

Student services

The Student Advising Centre provides a coordinated and centralized model for undergraduate student academic advising. The Student Advising team supports student success by providing a welcoming environment where students can get support and advice related to their personal and academic success.

  • Provide help, answers, support and advice
  • Assist with course selection and program planning
  • Discuss program requirements
  • Review educational path and identify opportunities
  • Connect students with on-campus resources

Housing services

OCAD U has several housing partners including co-ops, independent student residences and online housing service providers. 

Library services

The Library nurtures a learning ecology extending beyond the classroom and studio, where everyone can engage in historical, critical and scientific inquiry, research, lifelong learning and the celebration of creativity, experimentation and innovation.

The Library is comprised of three departmental locations that offer distinct collections, services, and programs: The Dorothy H. Hoover Library, The Learning Zone and Visual Resources & Special Collections. 

ICT services

OCAD University offers several IT services.

Medical services

The Health and Wellness Centre is OCAD University's clinic that provides medical and counselling services to all OCAD U students. The services are accessible and responsive to issues relating to gender, race, age, culture, ability, sexual orientation, income and faith. We are a team of health-care professionals whose goal it is to make your time at OCAD U a positive and fulfilling experience.

Student Life

Campus life

OCAD University is a 100 per cent commuter campus. With lots of students travelling hours a day to get to school and home again, it can be challenging to meet new friends and get involved on campus. We get it. So, we're here to help!

Campus Life, within OCAD U's Student Success Programs, ensures that students have access to social, learning and development opportunities outside the classroom. Our programs encourage enhanced personal growth, connection, engagement, leadership, self-confidence, interpersonal and team-building skills.

Campus Life at OCAD U is what YOU, the student, makes it. So, look into our programming. Find out what's happening on campus, and get ready to meet other students and get involved.

Sports facilities

There are many bike racks around campus: a series on both sides of the main entrance at 100 McCaul St., as well as city posts on both sides of the street. 

Campus Life has partnered with the Intramural Program at Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences (222 St. Patrick St.). This exciting new collaboration brings intramural opportunities to OCAD U students and allows access to Michener's gymnasium where they will play against each other and Michener teams for some friendly competition!

OCAD U students who wish to be physically active, work out, or keep fit can take advantage of affordable student memberships at a variety of recreation and fitness facilities within two kilometres of campus.

Student clubs

Special-interest student groups allow interaction among students, support faith and culture, and create an atmosphere of diversity while encouraging self-development, social responsibility and environmental awareness.

Groups:

  • grOCAD
  • OCAD A Capella
  • OCAD U Life Painting
  • OCAD MCCF club
  • The Muslim Student Association (MSA)
  • OCAD U Zine Collective

Student Reviews

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