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View of OCAD U Sharp Centre, 100 McCaul St. Photo by Richard Johnson.

The university of the imagination

OCAD U is the largest and most comprehensive art, design and media university in Canada.

View of OCAD U Sharp Centre, 100 McCaul St. Photo by Richard Johnson.

Facts and figures

Quick history

Founded independently in 1876
Granted university status in 2002.

Students in 2015/2016
255 Graduate Students and 4,376 Undergraduate Students enrolled at OCAD in 2015/16.
255 graduate students 23% of graduate students are international 4,346 undergraduate students 9% of undergraduate students are international
28%  33% 

speak a first language other than English
20%  15% 

citizens of countries other than Canada

In an average year there are students from50+ COUNTRIES

full-time-equivalent faculty (including sessionals)
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Average undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio of 15 to 1
Undergraduate Programs

Graduate Programs
Current Programs


Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications

Digital Futures

Drawing & Painting

Drawing & Painting: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation

Environmental Design

Environmental Design: Interior Design Specialization

Graphic Design


Indigenous Visual Culture

Industrial Design

Integrated Media

Integrated Media: Digital Painting and Expanded Animation

Material Art & Design




Visual and Critical Studies

Graduate Programs
Current Programs

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories

Criticism and Curatorial Practice

Design for Health

Digital Futures

Inclusive Design

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media & Design

Strategic Foresight & Innovation


 19 research labs
including Digital Media Research + Innovation Institute
Inclusive Design Research Centre
Strategic Innovation lab (sLAB)
Visual Analytics Lab

in research funding in 2013/2014

per full-time faculty research funding in 2013/2014

40,000 guests come to see work by more than 900 graduating students every May

Faculty art and design auction held annually at the end of March

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Onsite Logo

OCAD U presents an annual independent project at Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

OCAD U’s professional gallery, Onsite [at] OCAD U, produces three shows annually

Salah Bachir
President and VICE CHANCELLOR Dr. Sara Diamond
OCAD U is a publicly assisted post-secondary institution
Associate Member, Council of Ontario Universities (COU)
International Affiliate, Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD)

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Member, Universities Canada / Universités Canada

Member, Association of Canadian Institutes of Art and Design (ACIAD)

Shops and Studios

In 2015/16 students:
OCAD U is home to a wide variety of facilities including fully equipped studios for everything from painting, photography, etching, screen printing, wood, metal and plastics to rapid prototyping, and the only foundry in Toronto’s downtown core.

worked 18,853 
grams of silver

spent 1,525 
hours 3D printing

laser-cut 2,485 

square feet of copper

wore 720  
nitrile gloves

made 472  
stretchers for canvas

purchased 4,756   
feet of lumber

poured 900 
pounds of bronze

cut, welded, ground or polished 7,981 
pounds of steel

purchased 966 
sheets of plywood

screen printed 583 
litres of ink

affixed 200  
litres of glue
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