Guide To Undergraduate Admissions

Want to become a student at OCAD University?

  • 1. Choose your area of study: OCAD University offers three undergraduate degrees — a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Design (BDes) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) — in a wide array of different programs. All undergraduate programs can be completed in four years of full-time study. If you need help deciding which of our programs best suit you, come to one of our many events throughout the year, peruse our viewbook and course calendar or do some homework by talking to people who are active in these fields.
  • 2. Learn about our admission requirements: Admission to OCAD U’s studio programs (Bachelor Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts) is based primarily on an assessment of your portfolio of work. Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies is based on a combination of a review of a written assignment and your grades. All applicants must submit a creative profile and must meet minimum academic requirements. International applicants are welcome and should familiarize themselves with special requirements. OCAD U offers many transfer pathways for students with previous post-secondary experience.
  • 3 .Submit your application online: All applicants apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). The deadline to apply for the 2016/2017 academic year is February 1, 2016.
  • 4. Present your portfolio (for admission to BFA, BDes programs) through one of two ways:
    - Attend in-person (held primarily during OCAD U’s Study Week in February each year)
    - Make a digital submission (via SlideRoom)
    or
    Submit your writing sample (for admission to the BA in Visual and Critical Studies).
  • Await your conditional offer of admission: All offers are conditional upon the completion of the admission process (meeting academic requirements and submitting necessary documents).
  • Respond to your offer of admission: After you respond to your offer of admission via OUAC, OCAD U will be notified electronically that you have accepted your offer of admission. OCAD U will send you correspondence (via email) that will include important dates, deadlines and information about online registration. You will need to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit in order to secure your spot at OCAD U.
  • Plan your year: Ensure you have the necessary financial resources for tuition, fees, supplies and living expenses. Arrange housing if required. Attend our summer orientation programs and register for your classes online.
  • See you in September!
  • For information on the admissions process for our graduate programs please visit the Graduate Studies section of our website.





    Helpful contacts for admissions

    Admissions and Recruitment

    230 Richmond Street West, main floor
    Toronto ON
    Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    E: admissions@ocadu.ca
    T: 416-977-6000, Ext. x4869
    Toll-free: 1-800-382-6516

    Mailing address

    100 McCaul St
    Toronto ON
    M5T 1W1