Policy for Minors

A minor is deemed declared when an eligible student has submitted a Declaration of Minor form to the Office of the Registrar and the minor has been entered into the student record. Students planning to take more than one minor should consult with a student advisor.


a)    Students must be in good academic standing to declare a minor.
b)    Students may declare a minor after completion of a minimum of 4.0
       credits. Students may not declare a minor after submission of their
       intent to graduate.
c)    Students may not take a minor in the same discipline as their major.
d)    Some minors may only be taken by students in designated major
e)    Students may declare a specific minor only once.


Requirements for a Minor

Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet all of the requirements for their declared minor, as published in the year of declaration.

For minors declared in the 2014/2015 academic year or later, no more than 1.0 credit of the minor may be at the 1000-level and at least 1.0 credit of the minor must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Minors declared prior to the 2014/2015 academic year may not include 1000-level courses, and at least 1.0 full credit of the minor must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Failure to complete a declared minor does not carry any academic penalty; however, only completed minors will be recorded on academic transcripts. Completed minors are not recorded on diploma parchments.

Courses Eligible for Inclusion in a Minor

Specific courses and course subjects required for a student’s major or program may not be applied to minor requirements, nor may any course be used for more than one minor. Electives, expansion studios and undesignated liberal studies distribution courses may fulfill both major and minor requirements, subject to the credit limits stipulated in individual major or program guides. In general, Faculty of Art students may apply up to 2.0 of their art elective credits to a minor and Faculty of Design students may apply up to 1.5 of their design elective credits to a minor. Up to 3.0 of elective liberal studies credits may be applied to a minor.

Where the same course is required for both a student’s major and the student’s minor, the Chair responsible for the minor will determine an appropriate substitute. All other requirements must be completed as outlined in the minor program guide for the academic year in which the student declared the minor.

Only courses completed within the seven years prior to the declaration of a minor may be applied to the minor requirements.

A maximum of one 0.5 transfer credit may be applied to a minor; all other credits required for the minor must be completed at OCAD U. Students who declared a minor in the 2014/2015 academic year or later, may include a course completed post-admission either on Letter of Permission or through Mobility/Exchange studies.

There is no priority registration for courses required for a minor.

Credit Attempts for a Minor Program – Students Admitted Prior to the 2014/2015 Academic Year

All students admitted prior to the 2014/2015 academic year are granted a limited number of credit attempts for completion of their undergraduate degree program. Students following pre-2014/2015 minor requirements have 5.0 additional credits attempts. Students admitted prior to the 2014/2015 academic year and following 2014/2015 or later minor requirements, will receive additional credit attempts equivalent to the number of credits required for their minor, plus 1.0 credit.

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