Coordinator, Alumni Relations
(416) 977-6000, Ext. 4880
Degree Completion Programs
Benefits of Degree Completion
What you Need to Complete a Degree
Eligibility & Application Process
Alumni Application Form
Transfer of Credit Application Form
OCAD University offers its diploma program graduates the opportunity to return to OCAD U to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Bachelor of Design (BDes) degree. OCAD U has developed a program where graduates can convert their associate of OCA/OCAD diploma to a degree by completing additional credits in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences.
Alumni can apply to enter a degree completion program for either a BFA or BDes, depending on which program they initially graduated from at OCAD U. The degree completion program provides a broad liberal education that complements the art and design studio focus of the AOCA/AOCAD diploma.
Through a curriculum common to both the BFA and the BDes, students are exposed to history and theory in a range of subject areas that deepens and broadens their educational experience. In addition to courses in History and Theory of Visual Culture, students are required to complete courses in English, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science/Technology/Mathematics.
Courses are offered through the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and challenge students to expand their intellectual interests through addressing recent scholarship, new approaches to concept and methodology, and critical writing and thinking skills. Liberal Arts & Sciences faculty are recognized leaders in their fields through their publications, writing, curatorial and cultural practices, and bring to the liberal studies courses a broad-based knowledge and specialized expertise in art and design history, contemporary theory and criticism, english literature, anthropology, philosophy, social science, science and more.
To convert your diploma to a degree, you must complete 5.0 liberal studies credits in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences. At least 2.0 of these credits must be completed at the third- and/or fourth-year levels. Programs have evolved over the years, and the additional courses that you are required to complete will ensure that you have covered a breadth of material that reflects the current learning objectives of OCAD U's degree programs. Up to 2.5 credits of the degree eligible liberal studies courses completed for your diploma may be credited towards your degree.
Completion of 5.0 credits designated for degree in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences to include:
Alumni who completed degree eligible liberal studies credits for their diploma at OCAD U may apply up to 2.5 of these credits towards the degree requirements. Courses completed prior to 1993 are not degree eligible.
A minimum of half of the credits required for degree completion, as determined at the time of admission, must be completed at OCAD U.
Alumni admitted to the degree completion program who require 5.0 credits must complete all of these requirements within a maximum of 6.5 credit attempts. The number of credit attempts will be prorated for students granted transfer credits. For example, Alumni granted 2.5 transfer credits must pass at least 2.5 credits to be graduated, within a maximum of 3.5 credit attempts.
OCAD University is committed to giving all Alumni an opportunity to convert their AOCA or AOCAD diploma to either a BFA or BDes degree. To apply to a BFA completion program, applicants must have graduated from the Faculty of Art, or a Fine Art program; and, conversely, to apply to the BDes completion program, applicants must have graduated from the Faculty of Design, or a Design program.
Criticism & Curatorial Practice; Drawing & Painting/Fine Arts - Drawing & Painting; Experimental Arts (Drawing & Painting, Inter-media); Fine Arts, General Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies; Integrated Media/New Media; Photography/Photovision; Printmaking; Sculpture/Installation; Applied Art and Design (Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery, Surface Design/Print, Textiles, Material Art & Design (Ceramics, Fibre, Jewellery, Jewellery/Metalsmithing, Surface Design/Print, Textiles)*
Communication & Design (Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration), Design; Environmental Design; Industrial Design; Applied Art and Design (Ceramics, Glass, Jewellery, Surface Design/Print, Textiles, Material Art & Design (Ceramics, Fibre, Jewellery, Jewellery/Metalsmithing, Surface Design/Print, Textiles)*
*Graduates from the Applied Art & Design/Material Art & Design programs may apply for either the BFA or the BDes.
An Application to Degree Program for Alumni (PDF) must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, along with a non-refundable application fee of $245.
To begin studies in the summer session: First Friday of November (of the previous year)
To begin studies in September: First Friday in February
All students are subject to the academic policies and procedures established by the university. To ensure satisfactory academic progress, students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the degree program in which they are registered, as outlined in OCAD U's current Fall/Winter Course Calendar.
Full-time and part-time status and registration restrictions are outlined on-line under Policies and Regulations.
Students who have attended a recognized, approved, accredited or otherwise equivalent post-secondary institution may apply for transfer of credit.
Requests for transfer of credit must be submitted at the same time as the application to degree program. Transfer of credit is subject to OCAD U's published residency requirements. Any decision taken by the university with respect to transfer of credit is final. Applicants must submit the following documentation:
An Application for Transfer of Credit (PDF) must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar, along with the application to degree program.
Transfer of credit through Letters of Permission is subject to OCAD U's residency requirements. Application must be made to the Office of the Registrar office by the deadlines published in Dates & Deadlines.
Students who can demonstrate that they have acquired – through informal or unconventional means – the knowledge covered by a specific course may apply for Course Challenge, subject to the following:
Students apply for Course Challenge through the Office of the Registrar at the time of admission. Applicants must complete appropriate advising as determined by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences. The Faculty will determine the appropriate mode(s) of assessment for the course(s), e.g., examination, dossier, portfolio, demonstration, interview, and/or presentation. Students with previous teaching experience in the area will be assessed based on: a dossier (including resumé and course outlines); a structured interview; an examination (if further evidence is required by the course instructor). The Course Challenge fee (1/2 the regular course fee plus a $100 assessment fee) must accompany the Course Challenge Agreement Form. The fees are non-refundable. Students may challenge the same course only once.
Once you have completed all course requirements with good academic standing, you are eligible to graduate. You must submit your Intent to Graduate form and the required fee by the published deadlines (see Dates & Deadlines). Fall graduates normally participate in the following spring ceremony. You will be required to return your AOCA or AOCAD diploma to the university to be able to receive your undergraduate degree. Since the degree is based in part on the courses that you completed for your diploma, you cannot hold the two designations concurrently.
Coordinator, Alumni Relations
(416) 977-6000, Ext. 4880
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