OCAD University, Canada’s largest and oldest post-secondary institution for professional artists and designers, received the authority to grant degrees in 2002. The institution, as well as the visual and design culture in Canada, can only benefit from the growth and development of degree programs and research/creation programs in art and design disciplines. Benefits include the advancement and dissemination of knowledge, the enrichment of undergraduate and graduate training programs, and the examination of social and cultural phenomena in relation to art and design disciplines. These benefits are counterbalanced by academic obligations that require artist-researchers in the visual and design disciplines to demonstrate the highest level of integrity and ethics in pursuit of scholarship and research.

Research Ethics Policy

OCAD University adheres to and endorses the principles and guidelines of the TCPS 2 - 2nd edition of Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans. The policies and procedures described within it are the final authority in relation to OCAD U's policies and procedures.

The TCPS 2 can be found here.

Research Administration Policy

This policy was developed in consultation with the Research Advisory Committee and is intended to provide guidance to faculty members in the administration of research funds and activities at the College.

More on OCAD U's Research Administration Policy (PDF)