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Indigenous Visual Culture

Traditionally Inspired, Culturally Relevant.

Indigenous Visual Culture


Combining visual art practice-specific and interdisciplinary studio-based learning complemented with courses in the cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples.

The Indigenous Visual Culture program at OCAD University combines practice-specific and interdisciplinary studio-based learning, and courses in the visual, cultural, social and political history of Indigenous peoples.

Our totem is Nigig the otter. We chose the otter because he dives down into the depths of unknown waters and emerges with a tool upon which to crack open the shell of his imagination. He is playful, dexterous, inventive, curious, filled with boundless energy and joy.

The program prepares students to engage in complex and evolving global discourses in Indigenous history, art history and contemporary art practice across a range of expressions, material and media. It can lead to a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or an interdisciplinary minor.

The unique curriculum is designed to develop Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students’ critical and aesthetic responses and practical expertise in Indigenous culture and artistic practices. Art and design students are introduced to the fundamentals of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit art and design, located within Canadian and international contexts.

Students in the Indigenous Visual Culture program are creative, innovative and curious and possess an array of skills and interests. Most have story telling instincts and strong imaginations, expressed in a range of practices. Some have drawing and painting ability or dance experience, some are DJs or VJs with an interest in communication. Many have well-developed visual-spatial skills and are interested in screens, games or performance, digital media production or computer programming.

Students in the program receive academic, cultural, social, and wellness support through the Indigenous Visual Culture Student Center

For more information on the Indigenous Visual Culture program, contact:

Admissions & Recruitment
416-977-6000 Ext. 4869
or visit the Fall/Winter Undergraduate Calendar for course information. 

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.