What is a Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Course?  

The purpose of the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) course stream is to ensure that students at OCAD U are acquiring key writing competencies as they progress through their program. At each year level of each program one existing required course is designated as a WAC course. This course includes assignments and activities that address writing competencies outlined in the Framework in ways that support the learning outcomes of the course and are relevant to the writing needs of the program and discipline.

What does this mean for me as an instructor? 

As a WAC instructor, you'll have access to a variety of supports from your WAC Fellow as well as from the Writing & Learning Centre (WLC) and Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC), including: 


  • WAC course development workshops and team meetings
  • Professional development workshops for faculty and TAs 
  • Monthly roundtables and informal gatherings to share resources
  • One-on-one consultations on writing assignment design and inclusive teaching practices for ELL students 
  • In-class workshops led by WLC staff 
  • An instructor's toolkit with guidelines and sample writing activities, rubrics and other teaching materials

For the 2017-18 academic year, the WAC-designated courses for are:


First Year Art Design FOLAS/SIS
GART-1040 Drawing Across Disciplines ADVR-1001 Advertising Intro 1
ENVR-1002 Environmental Design 2
GDES-1016 Communication Design 2
ILLU-1002 Illustrative Concepts I
INDS-1001 The Design of Everyday Things
MAAD-1003 Methods of Material Practice
DGIF-1002 Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
VISA-1001 Critical Frameworks for Art History
Second Year
CRCP-2001 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
DRPT-2009 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
INTM-2010 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
LIFE-2002 Life Studies Studio 2
PHOT-2005 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
PRNT-2015 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
SCIN-2006 Contemporary Issues: Art Today
ADVR-2001 Advertising Concept 1
ENVR-2006 Research Studio: Social Space
GRPH-2007 Graphic Design 2
ILLU-2007 Illustration 2
INDS-2003 ID 2: Identity Materialized
MAAD-2003 Jewellery: Casting
MAAD-2009 Fibre: Surface Design 1
CROS-2002 Contemporary Issues: CROS

DIGF-2005 Atelier II: Collaboration
INVC-2001 Language and the Land
VISA-2002 History of Modern Art
VISD-2001 History of Modern Design

Third Year
CRCP-3004 Art Writing: A Workshop In Practice and Ideas
CROS-3010 Publications: Editorial
DRPT-3022 Intermediate Painting Studio
INTM-3012 Media Research Projects
PHOT-3006 Intermediate Photo I: Development
PRNT-3007 Intermediate Printmaking Studio
SCIN-3003 Intermedia Studio: Problems in Visual Language 1
ADVR-3006 Advertising Research
ENVR-3002 Research Methodologies for ED
GRPH-3011 Graphic Design 4
GDES-3075 Book Illustration
GDES-3069 Graphic Novel Illustration
INDS-3008 ID 5: Systems Thinking
MAAD-3003 MAAD Thesis 1
VISA-3015 Critical Issues & Ideas in Contemp. First Nations Art
DIGF-3004 Synthesis: Thesis Proposal
VISA-3022 Methods in Visual or Critical Studies
Fourth Year, Implemented in 2018-19
CRCP-4901 Thesis: Research
CRCP-4002 Pro Seminar in Crit. & Curating
LIFE-4901 Life Studies Capstone I
CROS-4004 Capstone: Research
DRPT-4901 Studio Thesis: Research
DRPT-4013 Advanced Studio
DRPT-4016; DRPT-4019 Capstone Project
INTM-4011; INTM-4012 DPXA Capstone Project
INTM-4901 Studio Thesis: Research
INTM-4008 Managing Production
PHOT-4901 Studio Thesis: Research
PHOT-4004 Directed Studio/Seminar
PRNT-4901 Studio Thesis Research
SCIN-4901 Studio Thesis: Research
ADVR-4901 Advertising Workshop 1
ENVR-4901 ED Thesis 1
GRPH-4015 Graphic Design Workshop 1
ILLU-4901 Illustration 5: Thesis
INDS-4006 Meta Project 1
MAAD-4901 MAAD Thesis 2
INVC-4901 Thesis Part 1
DIGF-4901 Thesis Project I

For more information about the WAC course stream, contact Pariss Garramone, Writing Across the Curriculum Specialist at pgarramone@ocadu.ca.