Flow: Curricular Transformation

Flow: Curricular Transformation is a university-wide initiative designed to renew OCAD University’s curriculum. It will create a more open and inclusive, interdisciplinary and learner-directed educational experience for our students, while at the same time allowing the university to build a more financially sustainable model of curriculum delivery. Embedded in the University’s already well-established curricular review and renewal processes, Flow also provides direction for aligning our programs with the goals of our Academic Plan. The majority of programs will complete the Flow process within the next three years.

This process of curricular renewal will:

  • Create a more learner-centred studio-based learning experience
  • Make accomplishing a degree a more flexible, interdisciplinary, self-directed and equitable process across programs and Faculties by reducing program requirements
  • Continue to refine program curricula by grounding them in program learning outcomes and Degree-Level Expectations rather than pathways of courses
  • Embed principles of Universal Design for Learning in course design, which will ensure that OCAD U’s curriculum is accessible and inclusive for diverse learners

Flow is intended to improve student experience by allowing more opportunity for movement across programs and Faculties. OCAD U will not be eliminating courses as a result of this process; rather, students will have more flexibility and choice in selecting courses, because their programs will require fewer program-specific courses. OCAD U will also lift restrictions to courses, enabling greater access to them. Flow will result in more stability to studio learning, and ultimately will ensure that Faculties have the required resources to provide a high-quality program and experience.

Get Involved

Students and faculty with questions about Flow are encouraged to discuss their concerns with the appropriate Program Chair. As with all Cyclical Program Review (CPR) processes, students and faculty will have opportunities to provide feedback about their programs that will inform curricular and other changes to the benefit of the student experience, both during CPR and through student committee participation. Stay tuned for ongoing updates!

For questions about Flow implementation and timelines, please contact Lynn D'Souza at ldsouza@ocadu.ca