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Throughout the year, OCAD University hosts a number of events that are a great introduction to life on campus. Please check our Events Calendar for upcoming events, galleries and exhibitions. For information on tours, our annual open house and opportunities for portfolio development, check out our Connect with us page.


In September 2014, OCAD U will begin offering our first non-studio degree. The Honours Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies offers the opportunity for students to pursue in depth academic study in the creative environment of OCAD U's excellent studio facilities. 

Minors: The introduction of studio, Liberal Arts & Sciences and Interdisciplinary minors enables students to pursue a secondary field of study without compromising their major field. For more information please visit Academic Programs.

Graduate Programs: OCAD U has a long standing tradition of contemporary thinking and practice in art and design. Our Graduate Degree Programs offer the next generation of artists, designers and industry leaders a level of scholarship that is virtually unmatched in Canada. For more information please visit Graduate Studies.

Undergraduate updates

The deadline to apply for admission for the 2015/2016 academic year is February 1, 2015. The only entry point for all programs is September.

Admission to either the BFA or BDes is based primarily on the result of a portfolio assessment. Applicants must obtain an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, six grade 12 U/M courses with a minimum academic average of 70% including ENG4U with a minimum grade of 70%. For more information about the academic requirements please click here.

Students need to be reminded that if their native language is not English and they have not studied at an English Language institution for 4 years or more they are required to present a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or equivalent in addition to the ENG4U requirement. Please visit our English Proficiency page for more information.

Students should get into the habit of checking our website for information. The most current details about registration, financial matters, campus life and other relevant issues will always be available there.   

First-year portfolio requirements

The portfolio is an important part of the admission application. It needs to demonstrate that skill and talent equip the applicant to succeed in their first year of study. The most important feature OCAD U looks for in a portfolio is the ability to think creatively in a diverse range of media.

All applicants will be invited to an assessment, of approximately 15 to 20 minutes, where they will present their original work to reviewers from their chosen Faculty.

Applicants unable to attend the scheduled review must ensure that their portfolio arrives at least one week in advance and are encouraged to include additional written materials in support of the work. Return postage must be included with the portfolio if they would like it returned. Please be advised that if an applicant chooses not to have their portfolio returned it may be used for demonstration purposes by the Admissions & Recruitment department.

New! We accept online portfolio submissions through Slideroom. Visit preparing a portfolio for more information about portfolio requirements.

Tips for portfolio presentation:
> Generate interest and excitement for the work with the first piece.
> Be aware that current work best demonstrates skill level.
> Be prepared to explain why a particular work was selected for inclusion in the portfolio, what it means and what was trying to be achieve.
> Be prepared to talk about any research and preparation completed for a final work.
> Research OCAD U ahead of time to show level of interest and commitment to studying here.

Offers of admission

OCAD U makes offers of admission based on the strength of an applicant's portfolio and available academic grades. Offers are conditional upon the completion of the admission process (meeting academic requirements and submitting necessary documentation). Offers of admission will go out in April, once midterm marks have been received. For more information please visit the Guide to Admissions page and our Admission Requirements page for detailed information on the application process and academic requirements.

Housing information

OCAD U does not have its own residence or housing facilities. However, there are excellent housing resources and referrals, including links to independent residences around the city, available on the Housing Information page.

Contact information

Email: admissions@ocadu.ca

Tel: 416-977-6000 Ext. 4869
Toll-free: 1-800-382-6516
Fax: 416-977-6006