Student groups

Special-interest student groups allow interaction among students, support faith and culture, and create an atmosphere of diversity while encouraging self-development, social responsibility and environmental awareness.

Start a group! Renew a group!

Follow outlined procedures and become recognized by OCAD University and the OCAD Student Union. Student groups are entitled to a variety of benefits; review the requirements and sign up your friends and classmates.

Download the 2017/2018 Student Group Handbook (PDF), which contains:

  • Helpful hints, tips and support information for student groups
  • Campus resource listing
  • Information about OCAD SU Grants
  • The OCAD University Student Organization Recognition Policy
  • Application for Registered/Recognized Group Status
  • Student group leadership transfer form

Printed copies are available at Campus Life (Level 5) and Student Union (Level 6), 230 Richmond St. West.

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Group leaders are required to complete the online learning modules for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) before group renewal or registration will be considered. Find more information here.

Student Group Leader Award

The Student Group Leader Award will be presented annually to a student group leader who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role! Through facilitation and involvement, the leader demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group members and the OCAD University community. Find out how to nominate a deserving student group leader (DOCX).

Student groups 2017/2018

Groups renewing for 2017/2018, as of May 8, 2017.


The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is a group of students from OCAD U who wish to create a positive, nurturing, and inclusive community. The ISA strives to collaborate and unify perspectives and thoughts, through our artworks, community involvement, and exhibitions. We are active within our communities individually, but by coming together in the IASA, we can contribute collectively and work towards a common goal.
Email: / Find ISA on Facebook / Find ISA on Instagram


The Grind is an incubator for students who want to start their own small business. The group aims to connect students interested in business/entrepreneurship, encourage collaboration and provide guest speakers, workshops and resources to assist participants in networking, learning new skills and portfolio building. Email: / Find The Grind on Facebook

Student groups 2016/2017

Group status expired at the end of the 2016/2017 academic year, as of April 30, 2017.


The Art & Social Change Student Committee is a group of OCAD U students and alumni whose goal is to unify social justice and its integration into artistic practice. We put into the forefront urgent matters affecting the student body, staff and faculty on campus. Some of these issues include (but are not limited to) environmental justice, sexual violence, student poverty and housing, combating racism, as well as decolonizing the curriculum. Through various student-led initiatives, we aim to raise awareness of equity and accessibility issues, and build a strong social justice community on campus. Email


The Environmental Design Society (EDS) is a student group that strives to develop in-field resources and opportunities for students of the Environmental Design program; however, all interested students are welcome. EDS is a creative hub, serving to fulfill individual design concepts and/or a wider range of problem solving within the context of improving the OCAD U environment. Through group meetings and social events, the society aims to realize its objective by inspiring students to collaborate, interact and ultimately make design ideas come to life. In turn, EDS gives a student voice to communicate with faculty and professionals within school and real-world boundaries. Email 


GAMA (Gaming, Anime and Manga Association is comprised of like-minded individuals with an interest in the culture surrounding video games, Japanese anime and manga. The group meets weekly to discuss these interests, and holds events in support of an annual trip to Anime North or other related events. Email / Find GAMA on facebook / Follow GAMA on twitter


Affiliated with Youth with a Mission, Genesis is a Korean Christian group affiliated with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Toronto, which exists to become a bridge that connects spiritually and artistic practice within the context of Jesus Christ's teaching. Through spiritual and practical activities, such as daily meditation, summer short-term mission, presentations and exhibitions, believers at OCAD U are encouraged to rise up for the truth and express it with passion. All are welcome. Email


grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating to develop urban agriculture on and off campus, exploring themes of biophillia, food security and community building through plant life. We believe that the natural world and the human world are one and the same, and work to bridge this constructed divide in daily life. grOCAD is involved in on-campus installations, research, promotion of student and community work, gallery shows and publications relating to sustainable urbanism. Email


I.B. Scene is determined to keep Hip-Hop culture active within the OCAD U and Toronto community. As a group, we intend to participate in social Hip-Hop events in the school and around the city. Our goal is to facilitate the spread of Hip-Hop through graffiti, DJing, MCing, and Breakdancing events and workshops. Email


InternationalEyes at OCAD U facilitates an anchor for the University's new and returning international students, exchange students, and alumni — and any other OCAD U students who wish to network, share experiences, meet new friends, and make meaningful "global" connections. The group is comprised of diverse and enthusiastic members who wish to make the most of their learning experience at OCAD U, in Toronto and in Canada. Email


Link Magazine is an online, student-run magazine, written, produced and edited for OCAD U students. Its aim is to give insight related to art, design and new urban trends, with all articles written in both Korean and English. All students are welcome to join the club! Email 


MAAD Teatime is a civilized oasis in an ocean of work. Once a week, we drag ourselves away from our homework and get together to have tea and cookies in the Material Art & Design department (what better place to have a mad tea party?). All are welcome, just bring a cup! Email


If you like music and smiles, then join us in MxD, where no matter how good you are (or not) at dancing, you are guaranteed to have some fun. So join us! You won’t only become more confident, but you will have a new skill that is calming and entertaining! Email


The OCAD U MSA is here to provide and facilitate for Muslims on campus. We’re here to raise awareness about Islam and maintain a peaceful prayer space for Muslims. All Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff are welcome. Email / Official Facebook page / Facebook Social Group / MSA Twitter / MSA Instagram


At OGDC, we hope to create a supportive community of people that share one thing in common—video games! From talks to presentations, to chill, round-table chats and game-making, we welcome anybody and everybody, from all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or completely new to game design, you belong here! Email / Find us on facebook


OCAD MCCF is a group of Mandarin-speaking Christians who gather on campus weekly. We are dedicated to foster the spiritual life of the OCAD University community through bible studies, prayer, workshops, and other social and community outreach events using Mandarin as the primary language. We are here to experience and express God’s love. Through bible study and building genuine friendship within and beyond our weekly meetings, we want to live out God’s love in word and deed.


OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada. Email


Affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the OCF cultivates spiritual growth and fosters community through prayer meetings, community meals, and art discussion groups. An affiliation with the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada allows members to participate in events such as retreats, seminars and conferences. Christian and non-Christian students, faculty and staff interested in participating amongst an OCAD U community of believers are welcome. Email


Welcome athletes of all skill sets! OCAD U Fitness is a student-run group for anyone at OCAD U who wants to work out! We provide a variety of fitness opportunities—running, body weight training, yoga and more—so everyone can find something they like. With meetings twice a week, we aim to improve mental and physical health by keeping active! Come by, make friends and get fit! Email


Affiliated with Hillel of Greater Toronto, OCAD Jewish Club (OJC) is the “address” for Jewish student life on campus. Through exciting and creative programming, the OJC promotes Jewish identity, student leadership, and religious and political diversity in a dynamic and inclusive environment for all OCAD University students. Email 


The OCAD U Student Press serves as a platform for idea sharing, research, and communication among the OCAD U community. We publish a major book every year, showcasing ground-breaking academic research and projects done by our most promising students in the fields of art and design. In 2013/2014, the Press will expand its services by introducing a series of educational workshops, additional publications and events, offering students new opportunities to get involved. Email OCAD U Student Press /


The Zine Collective is made up of students who are interested in self-publishing through the medium of zines. Together we create zines, learn about zine distribution and promotion, and help sustain the OCAD U Zine Library. We also help plan the annual OCAD U Zine Fair and attend activities like workshops and field trips to other zine events. Come and join us if you’re interested in promoting and distributing your artwork in a way that is easy, cheap, and fun! Email 


OCSA is a Chinese-student based organization dedicated towards improving cultural awareness on campus, providing academic information and support for students coming from a common background. OCSA also strives to promote culture through innovative and educational activities while developing leadership and fostering friendship within the association and other OCAD U student communities. Email


The OCAD University Etsy Team is a group that provides support and encouragement to students, alumni, faculty and staff who sell, or want to start selling, their art or other creations in their own Etsy shops. The team runs workshops, meet ups and in person craft markets. Although some events relate specifically to Etsy, others may be helpful or enjoyable to anyone selling their work online or in craft markets. Knowledge sharing is heavily encouraged! Email


PROUD at OCAD U is an LGBTQ+ student organization dedicated to fostering a safe, inclusive and positive community at OCAD University. We are committed to an intersectional, diverse approach and strive to provide LGBTQ+ students on campus with support and resources, ways to create art and design, and celebrate our identities through meetings, events, and other initiatives. In addition, PROUD at OCAD U is a resource for students, staff and faculty who are not part of the LGBTQ+ community to learn how to better support and accommodate their students and colleagues; however, emphasis will always be placed on the LGBTQ+ student population. Email


Want to learn how to make ceramic pots on a wheel? This is your chance! Throwing Club will be doing weekly sessions where we teach anyone with Ceramic studio access how to throw — just because we think throwing is fabulous and everyone should give it a try! Students from all departments welcome. Email


Vernacular is a creative writing and publishing collective dedicated to poetry and other experimental approaches to language. We meet to share prompts and new works, and to develop our language-based practices. Curated works will be distributed through periodic publications, podcasts and events. By fostering a community of writers, speakers and signers, Vernacular provides a platform for creative linguistic agency and innovation. Email / Find Vernacular on Facebook