Academic Programs and Supports

You can choose from a variety of academic programs at OCAD U and will likely find a program that sparks your interest.

Learn more about the academic programs you can take at OCAD U.

Academic Programs

The Faculty of Art educates artists and cultural practitioners who will redefine the meaning of contemporary art practice. You can study:

  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Digital Painting and Expanded Animation
  • Printmaking and Publications
  • Drawing and Painting
  • Integrated Media
  • Sculpture & Installation
  • Life Studies
  • Photography

In the Faculty of Design, you will produce objects, communications and environments that define, enhance and transform the world around you. Programs include:

  • Advertising
  • Environmental Design (Interior Design)
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Material Art and Design

At the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies, you will explore the theories and ideas informing art and design practice, and explore historical and critical dimensions within studio work in art and design. Programs include:

  • Indigenous Visual Culture
  • Visual and Critical Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Futures

Graduate Studies at OCAD U educates the next generation of artists, designers and industry leaders. Master of Design, Fine Art and Arts programs include:

  • Inclusive Design
  • Strategic Foresight and Innovation
  • Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Contemporary Art
  • Design and Media Art Histories
  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in:
    • Art, Media and Design
    • Digital Futures
    • Design for Health

View a list of OCAD U’s academic programs.

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Academic Supports

OCAD U offers a variety of services to help you achieve your goals at university.

The following are some of the academic services you can access at OCAD U.

The Student Advising Centre provides academic advising services to undergraduate students at OCAD U. You can get help with course selection and program planning, program requirements and on-campus resources. Student Advisors are also happy to discuss any situation with you that might affect your ability to participate in school and be successful. If they cannot resolve your issues, they will help connect you with those who can.

The Writing and Learning Centre offers you programs that include tutoring help with your work or thesis, workshops on topics such as time management and writing, and support services for first-year students in transition to university.

The Career Development Office, part of the RBC Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers, offers you resources and opportunities to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to be a successful creative professional. This includes interactive workshops that help you refine your resumé, portfolio and interview skills.

Student Accessibility Services has subject matter expertise in the area of disability, accessibility and academic accommodations and oversees and coordinates the student academic accommodation process. The University recognizes that the provision of academic accommodations for students with disabilities is a collaborative process with shared responsibility among all stakeholders. Academic accommodations for students with disabilities are governed by the Ontario Human Rights Code (Code), Ontarians with Disabilities Act (ODA, 2001) and Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA, 2005).

View a list of OCAD U’s Student Services.

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