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The university of the imagination

OCAD U is the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada.

View of OCAD U Sharp Centre, 100 McCaul St. Photo by Richard Johnson.

Facts and figures


Quick history

Founded independently in 1876
Granted university status in 2002.

Students in 2014/2015
251 graduate Students and 4,476 Undergraduate Students enrolled at OCAD in 2013/14.
256 graduate students 21% of graduate students are international 4,365 undergraduate students 8% of undergraduate students are international
28%  33% 

speak a first language other than English
19%  15% 

citizens of countries other than Canada

In an average year there are students from50+ COUNTRIES
250+ 

full-time-equivalent faculty (including sessionals)

 
To    
Average undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1
17
17
Undergraduate Programs
6

Graduate Programs
Current Programs

Advertising

Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Cross-Disciplinary Art

Digital Futures

Digital Painting and Expanded Animation

Drawing & Painting

Environmental Design

Graphic Design

Illustration

Indigenous Visual Culture

Industrial Design

Integrated Media

Material Art & Design

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture/Installation

Visual and Critical Studies

6
Graduate Programs
Current Programs

Master of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories

Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice

Digital Futures Initiative

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & Design

Master of Design in Inclusive Design

Master of Design Strategic Foresight & Innovation



RESEARCH
18

 19 research labs
including Digital Media Research + Innovation Institute
Inclusive Design Research Centre
Strategic Innovation lab (sLAB)
Visual Analytics Lab

$3.9 MILLION


in research funding in 2013/2014
$39,438


per full-time faculty research funding in 2013/2014



40,000 guests come to see work by more than 900 graduating students every May



Faculty art and design auction held annually at the end of March






OCAD U presents an annual independent project at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

OCAD U’s professional gallery, Onsite [at] OCAD U, produces three shows annually


CHANCELLOR
President and VICE CHANCELLOR
Catherine (Kiki) Delaney
President and VICE CHANCELLOR Dr. Sara Diamond
Affiliations
OCAD U is a publicly assisted post-secondary institution
Associate Member, Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
International Affiliate, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD)



Member, Universities Canada / Universités Canada


Member, Association of Canadian Institutes of Art and Design (ACIAD)



Shops and Studios


In 2013 students:
OCAD U is home to a wide variety of facilities including fully equipped studios for everything from painting, photography, etching, screenprinting, wood, metal and plastics to rapid prototyping, and the only foundry in Toronto’s downtown core.


worked 18,853 
grams of silver


shot 50,000 
feet of film


used 7,554 
pounds of clay


purchased 4,756   
feet of lumber


poured 9,000 
pounds of plaster


booked 2,485 
laser cutting jobs