FAQs

1. Does priority registration apply to minors?

Priority registration applies only to courses for major/programs. After priority enrolment ends, all students, including those pursuing a minor, will have access to eligible courses which have space available.

2. May I replace any elective course
with a credit for my minor?

If you are student in the Faculty of Art, you may apply no more than 2.0 of your art elective credits to your minor. If you are a student in the Faculty of Design, you may apply no more than 1.5 of your expansion studio credit options to your minor.

3. What considerations should I keep in mind
if I decide to declare a minor?

Keep your career objectives in mind, and the difference between minimum and recommended requirements. You may decide not to use all of your allowable electives for the minor and opt to take additional credits.

4. Can the same courses be used toward
both the major/program and the minor or
toward multiple minors?

You may not use the same course to fulfill the requirements of more than one program. If a specific course or subject is listed as a requirement in your program guide, you may not use it toward both your major/program and your minor. You must select a different course to fulfill the requirements of the minor. Please note that the general liberal studies distribution requirements in your major/program may be applied to your minor.

5. What is the role of liberal studies credits
in a major/program and minor?

Liberal studies requirements provide breadth across disciplines other than studio art and design. Whatever your major/program and minor, up to 3.0 general liberal studies distribution credits may be used to fulfill the requirements for the major/program and minor. However, if a specific liberal studies course or subject is required for your major/program, you may not use it toward your minor and must select another course.

6. Is special permission required from
an Associate Dean to take courses in another
Faculty toward a minor program?

You do not require permission to use some of your major/program electives or expansion studios toward a minor (up to the limits cited in #2 above). However, you are strongly encouraged to speak with a student advisor about the combination of electives and minor programs that can help you with your career objectives. Please note that you must meet the liberal studies distribution requirements for graduation, but may combine these with the liberal studies requirements for a minor program.

7. Will liberal studies requirements change
with a declaration of a minor?

None of the existing graduation requirements for your major/program will change when you declare a minor.

8. May I complete a minor following graduation?

Your major/program and minor are components of an undergraduate degree program, and you must complete all of the requirements for both your major/program and your minor prior to graduation.

Alumni may apply for admission to a Postgraduate Certificate program. Postgraduate Certificate program requirements are similar to those of minors, with the exception that a maximum of 1.0 credit of eligible undergraduate courses may be applied to the certificate.

9. Can I declare more than one minor?

You may declare more than one minor, but remember that you cannot use the same course for multiple minors. Also, keep in mind that you are working toward an undergraduate degree. Consider the amount of time and tuition required for a major/program, and multiple minors, relative to your career goals. We strongly recommend that you discuss your plans with a student advisor.

10. How will a minor impact
my plans to go to graduate school?

This depends on the graduate program to which you wish to apply. In general, the addition of a minor to your major/program of study signals breadth of interest. Any future employer or graduate admissions committee would view that as a serious indication of multidisciplinary capability. If you are interested in graduate study, we recommend that you consult with one of the Chairs or Associate Deans in your Faculty and with the graduate program that you are interested in for advice about minors.

11. May I apply transfer credits to my minor?

A maximum of 0.5 transfer credit may be applied to a minor; all other credits required for the minor must be completed at OCAD U. Students who declared a minor in the 2014/2015 academic year or later, may instead include a course completed post-admission either on Letter of Permission or through Mobility/Exchange studies.

12. What if I declare a minor and
I do not complete it?

There is no penalty for declaring a minor and not completing it. However, it will not appear on your transcript unless you have completed all of the minor requirements.