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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 University

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 139-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 unrivalled opportunities to practise 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. 


The Maker Lab/Fabrication Studio on the 7th Floor of 205 Richmond St. W. is currently operating on a reduced Summer schedule. It will be open every Wednesday from 1 to 7 p.m., until the Fall.

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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