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Graduate Studies

OCAD U has a long standing tradition of contemporary thinking and practice in art and design. Our graduate degree programs offer the next generation of artists, designers and industry leaders a level of scholarship that is virtually unmatched in Canada.

Photo by Angie Griffith of student work at the 2014 Graduate Studies Open House, called Grad Open.

Graduate Studies at OCAD U

Are you willing to embrace a creative future? Then you're ready to consider Graduate Studies at OCAD University — the university of the imagination, in the heart of Canada’s most culturally vibrant city.

At OCAD U, we attract curious and creative students who expect something more from their education and are willing to challenge themselves to achieve it.

We give ideas a place and a space. Our ability to offer graduate students a unique experience is solidly rooted in our 137-year history of delivering uncompromising art and design education. Grounded in practice, theory, research and professionalism, with an eye on experimentation and change, we deliver advanced experiential learning. Our graduate students enjoy unrivaled opportunities to practice with expert faculty, in studios, labs and through exceptional internships.

Join us in Graduate Studies at OCAD U to explore, enrich and expand your horizons. 


Thesis show of MFA Criticism and Curatorial Practice student, Geneviève Wallen, opens on March 6, 2015 in the OCAD U Graduate Gallery! 

On March 9, 2015, OCAD U graduate students will compete against one another in the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT). The winner will go on to represent the university at the provincial finals on April 23, 2015!

The following programs have extended their application deadlines to April 1, 2015: Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories; Digital Futures; Inclusive Design; and Strategic Foresight and Innovation.

Graduate programs

Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA)

The Master of Fine Arts in Criticism & Curatorial Practice program offers graduate students an exceptional opportunity to explore and experiment with contemporary art, media and design through engagement with history, theory and criticism within curatorial practice.

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Inclusive Design (MDes)

Our Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design offers graduate students a unique opportunity to become global leaders in the emerging field of inclusive design in information and communication technologies (ICT) and practices.

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Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MA, MFA & MDes)

The Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design (IAMD) draws experienced artists and designers from around the world, encouraging them to investigate and produce works that combine art, design and interdisciplinary academic study to create new forms of visual and social research and creative production.

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Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)

The Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation is creating a new kind of designer: A strategist who sees the world from a human perspective and re-thinks what is possible; An innovator who can imagine, plan and develop a better world.

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