OCAD receives $2.15M in provincial campus-renewal funds

TORONTO, April 11, 2008—The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is receiving $2.15 million in provincial funding to help renew its campus infrastructure, the university announced today.

“The breadth of OCAD’s academic programs makes it the most comprehensive university of art and design in Canada,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “This investment by the Government of Ontario will help us to better deliver innovative and imaginative programs to our rapidly expanding population of undergraduate and graduate students by providing them with upgraded studio and classroom facilities.”

OCAD’s unique learning environment includes art and design studios that are increasingly linking traditional media with digital and emerging technologies. The additional funding will help the university to address ongoing infrastructure needs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

OCAD is one of several universities across Ontario receiving a portion of the $200 million in provincial funding announced today by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to help renew campuses and improve learning environments for students.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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