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Student work from the series 'It's Not Milk' by Drawing and Painting Medal Winner Ivan Alifan, 2013.

Faculty of Art

Educating artists and cultural practitioners who will shape the age of imagination and redefine the meaning of contemporary art practice.

Student work from the series "It's Not Milk" by Drawing and Painting Medal Winner Ivan Alifan, 2013.

Undergraduate programs in Art (BFA)

Faculty of Art

The well-being of students, faculty, staff and administrators is essential to the sustainable development of OCAD U’s Faculty of Art.

OCAD U is located in one of the most multiracial and multicultural cities in the world, on the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, and we aim to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our ethical and social engagements with materials, ideas, practices, and people.

The Faculty of Art, a collective of artists, educators, and life-long learners,

  • Activates a deep knowledge of material processes in the production of images, objects, narratives and events through studio and hands-on practical experience.
  • Applies critical and reflexive thinking to theory and practice, making and knowing, respecting the interplay of poetics and politics.
  • Supports new knowledge through research and diverse modes of representation, including those that engage technological and social innovations.
  • Negotiates the role of individual and shared creative practices within a networked and globalized world towards responsible action.
  • Takes inspiration from the call to decolonize the university and ourselves, and a commitment to transformational teaching and learning that recognizes and incorporates Indigenous knowledge.

Our collective efforts support and align with the key principles of OCAD U’s Academic Plan.


Faculty of Art Office


Suite 401, 4th floor of 100 McCaul St. 
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Chairs in Art

Cross-Disciplinary Art (ASOC & CROS) and Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Johanna Householder, Chair
Program Assistant: Oliver Valencia, ovalencia@ocadu.ca

Drawing & Painting

Ilene Sova, Ada Slaight Chair
Program Assistant: Vivian So, vso@ocadu.ca

Integrated Media and Digital Painting & Expanded Animation (DPXA & IMXA)

Luke Painter, Interim Chair
Program Assistant: Vivian So, vso@ocadu.ca

First-Year Art (GART)

Judith Doyle, Chair
Program Assistant: Oliver Valencia, ovalencia@ocadu.ca

Photography and Printmaking and Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications

TBA, Chair
Program Assistants: Oliver Valencia, ovalencia@ocadu.ca
Vivian So, vso@ocadu.ca

Sculpture/Installation and Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies

Claire Brunet, Chair
Program Assistant: Oliver Valencia, ovalencia@ocadu.ca