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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

full-time-equivalent faculty (including sessionals)

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

Graduate Programs
Current Programs


Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Cross-Disciplinary Art

Digital Futures

Digital Painting and Expanded Animation

Drawing & Painting

Environmental Design

Graphic Design


Indigenous Visual Culture

Industrial Design

Integrated Media

Material Art & Design




Visual and Critical Studies

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


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


in research funding in 2013/2014

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

Catherine (Kiki) Delaney
President and VICE CHANCELLOR Dr. Sara Diamond
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