Academic success

Follow these important steps to make your transition to OCAD easier!

1.  Begin your journey by visiting You’re Virtually Here, OCAD’s website portal for newly admitted students where questions, answers and insights help new students transition to life at OCAD.

2.  Connect with other OCAD students through our online web communities, listed on OCAD's homepage.

3.  In order to stay organized, review our Dates and Deadline page.

4.  If you are in Toronto in the summer, sign-up for Registration Assistance Days (RAD), where students can get help choosing and registering for courses. Visit OCAD’s Calendar of events for updated information.

5.  If you have not studied at an institution where classes are taught in English, you may want to consider  English for Art & Design, a summer credit program for ESL students entering first year at OCAD.

6.  Sign up as a mentee in our Student Mentor Program. Peer mentors are available to support your transition, answer your questions before you arrive and support you throughout your first year. Apply online on the Peer Mentor Program page.

7.  Plan to arrive before classes begin to attend Fall Orientation, which includes information sessions, student identification cards & locker dispersement, campus tours, city outings and social gatherings for all new students.

Academic Advising

You will want to visit the Academic Advising page to get organized before classes begin. We highly recommend that every student download the step-by-step guide “How to succeed academically at OCAD” – a detailed document that outlines all the steps you need to take in order to achieve academic success during your studies at OCAD.

You can also get help to understand academic policies, clarify graduation requirements and make an appointment with an academic advisor.

English Language Support

Are you having trouble with university-level writing, reading comprehension, note taking, idea organization and English grammar and style?

Do you need help writing artist's statements, gallery reviews and design briefs?

How about getting more practice with your English conversation and comprehension?

If you said yes to any of the above, take advantage of the individualized and group tutoring and support available at the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC), 113 McCaul Street, Room 1501, Level 5.  Contact the WLC by email.

If this is your first time studying at university in English, English Language Support is your path to success and includes four first-year Design and Liberal Studies credit courses. These challenging courses are required for all design students, and you will need a high level of English to succeed.

Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD)

If you are a student who experiences: Learning Disabilities, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders, or Psychiatric, Medical, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Mobility and Vision Disabilities, the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) can assist you. Contact the CSD by email or by calling 416-977-6000, ext. 424.

Library Services

The Dorothy H. Hoover Library is open approximately 72 hours per week during the fall/winter semesters and provides a variety of study areas, more than 10,000 full-text journals as well as materials database, a multi-media archive, and image databases. All print, AV and electronic materials are collected to support the creative research needsof all members of the OCAD community: students, staff and faculty.

Opening in June 2009 in the Grange Food Court at 113 McCaul is OCAD’S new Learning Zone, an experimental, self-serve area for students; a place where you can explore different types of information and a use variety of high-tech and low-tech tools to realize your ideas. Students, librarians and technicians are available to answer your questions and provide technical assistance when you need it. Bring your laptop or use one of our computer workstations (graphics/video software packages and scanners are available). Contact the Learning Zone by email and get connected to OCAD’s coolest new space!