Indigenous Visual Culture
The Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University combines practice-specific and interdisciplinary studio-based learning, and courses in the visual, cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples.
Our totem is Nigig the otter. We chose the otter because he dives down into the depths of unknown waters and emerges with a tool upon which to crack open the shell of his imagination. He is playful, dexterous, inventive, curious, filled with boundless energy and joy.
The program prepares students to engage in complex and evolving global discourses in Indigenous history, art history and contemporary art practice across a range of expressions, material and media. It can lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or an interdisciplinary minor.
The unique curriculum is designed to develop Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students’ critical and aesthetic responses and practical expertise in Indigenous culture and artistic practices. Art and design students are introduced to the fundamentals of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit art and design, located within Canadian and international contexts.
Students in the Indigenous Visual Culture program are creative, innovative and curious and possess an array of skills and interests. Most have story telling instincts and strong imaginations, expressed in a range of practices. Some have drawing and painting ability or dance experience, some are DJs or VJs with an interest in communication. Many have well-developed visual-spatial skills and are interested in screens, games or performance, digital media production or computer programming
For more information on the major and minor programs in Indigenous Visual Culture, go to the Fall/Winter Undergraduate Calendar.
OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.