The Environmental Design program focuses on the design of expressive and humane interior and architectural space. Projects are developed in an interior architectural, environmental and societal context.
Core design studios develop a design methodology of research, analysis, design and presentation, emphasizing conceptual development. You learn to transform conceptual ideas into spatial realities.
Advanced studio projects include commercial, residential, retail, hospitality and institutional design, with a variety of interdisciplinary options.
The fourth-year thesis studio focuses on a more complex project corresponding to your particular values and interests. This core curriculum is supported by a broad base of design theory, material and technology, drawing, computer and graphic presentation, and professional practice course material.
Graduates of the Environmental Design program are recognized by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), and often find career placement in:
- Interior design studios
- Environmental, architecture or landscape firms
- Product-design companies
Many continue on to graduate studies in architecture, environmental sciences and sustainability programs, or use their design education to create new opportunities in varied and unique situations.
(As per the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange [CSRDE] definition; percentage of first-time, first-year, full-time students returning from fall count to fall count.)
|Cohort||1st- to 2nd-year retention|
Example interpretation: 95% of those students who were registered as a first-time, first-year, full-time Environmental Design student as at the November count date in 2012 were registered as students at OCAD University as at the November count date in 2013.
(As per Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange [CSRDE] definition; percentage of first-time, first-year, full-time students as of the fall count date who graduated within six years.)
|Cohort||6-year graduation rate|
Example interpretation: 68% of those students who were registered as a first-time, first-year, full-time environmental design student as at the November count date in 2008 graduated within six years.
According to the 2013 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey results, those who indicated graduating from OCAD U in the last five years (2009 to 2013) with a degree in Environmental Design had a 93% employment rate, and 92% of those who were employed indicated their training at OCAD U was relevant to their current employment.
Note: SNAAP is an annual online survey administered to art and design alumni from participating institutions. The survey asks alumni about their experiences at the institution and post-graduation, with a focus on employment outcomes. OCAD U participated in 2011 and 2013. Over 1,400 OCAD U alumni participated across the two administrations of the survey.
Places of employment
Our students work in varied spatial design fields and firms; some examples include: Bruce Mau Design; Holt Renfrew (store designer); Starbucks (store design program); Yabu Pushelberg; Cecconi Simone; II BY IV Design; Gluck + (New York); Daniels Corp.; Diamond Schmitt Architects; Harir Pontarini Architects; B+H Architects; Zeidler Partnership Architects; Adamson Architects; Quadrangle Architects; NORR Limited; TIFF (design intern); Scotiabank Canada; Apple.
Many students have entered into master's programs for architecture, utilizing their Environmental Design degrees for their first architectural degrees. Others have gone on to study landscape architecture, theatre design and furniture design.