1. Starting in the 2011/12 academic year, we have separated the large group of courses coded VISC (Visual Culture) into four sub-groups:
VISA – Art history and theory
VISD – Design history and theory
VISM – Media history and theory, including film and new media
VISC – cross-disciplinary visual culture and theory courses
This should make it easier for students to find courses of interest to them. Courses taken with any of the above codes will fulfill the VISC requirements for graduation. Please check with your program guide and/or the Student Advisor in Liberal Studies if you have any questions.
2. This year OCADU is offering Business Innovation courses through Liberal Studies. These are coded BUSI and in 2011/12 the following will be offered as electives:
BUSI 2B01 Introduction to Business (Fall)
BUSI 4B01 Entrepreneurship (prerequisite is BUSI 2B01 or permission of instructor) (Winter)
Also please note that BUSI courses do NOT fulfill Liberal Studies graduation requirements.
3. For second-year students who would be interested in a year-long thematically based course that fulfills both ENGL and HUMN requirements and has a great reading list, check out LBST 2C01: LS Two. For more information please contact the Liberal Studies Office (Ext. 372) located in room 315, 100 McCaul St.
Also please note that the Faculty of Liberal Studies is changing its name to the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences effective July 1, 2011.
A number of liberal studies courses fulfill mandatory requirements for specific programs in the Faculty of Art or Faculty of Design. For fall/winter registrations, this means that courses offered in winter will have priority registration only during the summer registration period. Be sure to check your program requirements well in advance of the registration period.
Most courses have priority registration for students in a specific Faculty and/or Major. Priority enrolment will end according to the dates below, after which any remaining spaces in courses (except Thesis) will be open to students in other Faculties and Majors.
Year 4 courses – priority enrolment will be lifted on Monday, July 18, 2011
Year 3 courses – priority enrolment will be lifted on Thursday, July 21, 2011
Year 2 courses – priority enrolment will be lifted on Monday, August 1, 2011
The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences office does not use override forms. The only way you can get into a course that is full is to receive permission from the instructor directly.
Instructors are not obligated to take extra students into a course; it is their decision. They also cannot waive general prerequisites like needing 1.0 credits at the 200 level to take a 300 or 400 level course.
Try registering online first. If the message says: “There are no sections available” then the course is full.
You must also ensure you have all the course prerequisites. If you feel you have a good enough reason to be granted permission to take the course, you must follow these 3 steps:
Step 1: Contact the instructor by email and go to the first class.
• To contact a faculty member: first initial + last name @faculty.ocad.ca
(e.g. Bill Leeming = firstname.lastname@example.org)
• Be sure to give the instructor your name, student number, and email address.
• Instructors' names are listed on the Course Schedule. If no instructor is listed, you will have to wait until they are confirmed and check the schedule regularly on your own.
Step 2: If the instructor gives you permission to take the course, they must send an email to
Craig Porter, at email@example.com or Leiko Shimizu, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, student #, email address & course code.
Requests from instructors must be received by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences office 24 hours before online registration closes in each semester. No late requests will be considered.
We will then RESERVE a space for you on the registration system and contact you by email.
If you are not contacted, please come and see someone in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences office (100 McCaul Street, Room 315).
Step 3: IMPORTANT: Once you have been contacted, you must go online and register for the course yourself.
If you fail to do this, you will not be registered in the course.
You are responsible for registering for all your courses online. Just because you are attending a course, does not mean you are registered for it. Please ensure your name is on the updated class list.
Please be sure to check the Dates & Deadlines for registration duration.
Last Modified:1/24/2012 12:57:30 PM