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

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 2015/2016
255 Graduate Students and 4,376 Undergraduate Students enrolled at OCAD in 2015/16.
255 graduate students 23% of graduate students are international 4,346 undergraduate students 9% of undergraduate students are international
28%  33% 

speak a first language other than English
20%  15% 

citizens of countries other than Canada

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

full-time-equivalent faculty (including sessionals)

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

Graduate Programs
Current Programs

Advertising

Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications

Digital Futures

Drawing & Painting

Drawing & Painting: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation

Environmental Design

Environmental Design: Interior Design Specialization

Graphic Design

Illustration

Indigenous Visual Culture

Industrial Design

Integrated Media

Integrated Media: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation

Material Art & Design

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture/Installation

Visual and Critical Studies

6
Graduate Programs
Current Programs

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories

Criticism and Curatorial Practice

Design for Health

Digital Futures

Inclusive Design

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & 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


Project 31
Faculty art and design auction held annually at the end of March



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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
COU
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Associate Member, Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
International Affiliate, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD)



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Member, Universities Canada / Universités Canada


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



Shops and Studios


In 2015/16 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

spent 1,525 
hours 3D printing

laser-cut 2,485 
jobs

used
160  
square feet of copper

wore 720  
nitrile gloves

made 472  
stretchers for canvas


purchased 4,756   
feet of lumber

poured 9,00 
pounds of bronze

cut, welded, ground or polished 7,981 
pounds of steel

purchased 966 
sheets of plywood

screen printed 583 
litres of ink

affixed 200  
litres of glue