As Canada's university of the imagination, OCAD University offers a depth and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs in visual arts and design that combine studio-based learning with critical inquiry. The university engages in art and design research and creative practices through a diversity of perspectives, methods and approaches. Due to OCAD U's pivotal role in maintaining a community of existing artists and designers, as well as training the new generations of artists and designers, it also functions as a cultural institution within the City of Toronto, with influence nationally and internationally.
OCAD U's eight key areas of research serve the purposes of (1) prioritizing research initiatives for decision-making processes around institutional commitments and resource allocations; and (2) demonstrating to funding agencies how research proposal submissions fit into institutional priorities.
OCAD U supports its researchers through a vibrant office of research services, an experienced research ethics board and the strategic allocation of research lab spaces, infrastructure and operational funding.
Research in art and design pedagogy and cross-culture perspectives
Critical research in the humanities and social sciences
Interdisciplinary research in creative production, innovation studies and entrepreneurship
Innovative research in new media, large data, gaming, wearable technology and DIY practices
Trans-disciplinary research in inclusive design, ambient experience, health and wellness
Research in indigenous visual culture, art, media and design
Research and hybrid art practice in aesthetics, communications, materiality and multi-sensorial experiences
Leadership projects negotiating environmental impact
The Digital Media Research + Innovation Institute (DMRII), founded in 2010, integrates applied and academic interdisciplinary research and innovation at OCAD University.
DMRII builds, collaborates, creates, develops, engages, participates, promotes and supports.