What is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Course?  

The purpose of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course stream is to ensure that students at OCAD U are acquiring key writing competencies as they progress through their program. At each year level of each program one existing required course is designated as a WAC course. This course includes assignments and activities that address writing competencies outlined in the Framework in ways that support the learning outcomes of the course and are relevant to the writing needs of the program and discipline.

What does this mean for me as an instructor? 

As a WAC instructor, you'll have access to a variety of supports from your WAC Fellow as well as from the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC), including: 

  • WAC course development workshops and team meetings
  • Professional development workshops for faculty and TAs 
  • Monthly roundtables and informal gatherings to share resources
  • One-on-one consultations on writing assignment design and inclusive teaching practices for ELL students 
  • In-class workshops led by WLC staff 
  • An instructor's toolkit with guidelines and sample writing activities, rubrics and other teaching materials

For the 2016-17 academic year, the WAC-designated courses for are:

 First Year    

Art Design FOLAS/SIS


DRPT 1005:  Drawing I
GART 1001:  Drawing I


ENVR 1002: Environmental Design 2
GDES 1016: Communication Design 2
ILLU 1002: Illustrative Concepts I
INDS 1001: The Design of Everyday Things
MAAD 1003: Methods of Material Practice


DGIF 1002: Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
GART 1001: Drawing 1
VISA 1001: Critical Frameworks for Art History

 Second Year:  

CRCP 2001 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
DRPT 2009 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
INTM 2010 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
PHOT 2005 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
PRNT 2015 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
SCIN 2006 Contemporary Issues: Art Today

ADVR 2001 Advertising Concept 1
ENVR 2005 Exploration: Social Space & Diversity
GRPH 2007 Graphic Design 2
ILLU 2010 Modern American Illustration
INDS 2007 ID Studio 3: Emerging Technologies
MAAD 2003 Jewellry/Metalsmithing: Casting
MAAD 2009 Fibre: Surface Design 1

DIGF 2005 Atelier II: Collaboration
INVC 2001 The Story of Us, Indigenous Peoples of the Americas
VISA 2002 History of Modern Art
VISD 2001 History of Modern Design

For more information about the WAC course stream, contact Cary DiPietro, Educational Developer (Curriculum) at cdipietro@ocadu.ca