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 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 2018-2019 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
Design Process 2
ILLU-1002
Illustrative Concepts 1
INDS-1001
ID 1: Everyday Things
MAAD-1003
Methods of Material Practice
DGIF-1002
Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration
VISA-1001
Crit Frameworks Art History
Second Year
CRCP-2001
Contemporary Issues: CRCP
CROS-2002
Contemporary Issues: CROS
DRPT-2009
Contemporary Issues: DRPT
INTM-2010
Contemporary Issues: INTM
LIFE-2002
Life Studies Studio 2
PHOT-2005
Contemporary Issues: PHOT
PRNT-2015
Contemporary Issues: PRNT
SCIN-2006
Contemporary Issues: SCIN
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
Textiles: Surface Design 1
DIGF-2005 / DIGF-2015
Atelier II: Collaboration
INVC-2003
Language and the Land
VISA-2001
Art and Globalization 1250-1800
VISA-2002
History of Modern Art
Third Year
CRCP-3004
Art Writing: Practice & Ideas
CROS-3010
Publications: Editorial
DRPT-3022
Intermediate Painting Studio
INTM-3012
Media Research Projects
PHOT-3006
Intermediate Development
PRNT-3007
Intermediate Studio Practice
SCIN-3003
Positions and Practices 1
ADVR-3006
Advertising Research
ENVR-3002
Research Methodologies of ED
GDES-3069
Graphic Novel Illustration
GDES-3075
Book Illustration GRPH-3011 Graphic Design 4
INDS-3008
ID 5: Systems Thinking
MAAD-3003
MAAD Thesis 1
DIGF-3002
Synthesis: Thesis Proposal
VISA-3015
Issues in 1st Nations Art
VISA-3022
Historiographies of Art
Fourth Year
CRCP-4002
Proseminar: Curators & Critics
CRCP-4901
Thesis: Research
CROS-4004
Publication Capstone 1
DRPT-4013
Advanced Studio
DRPT-4901
Thesis: Studio Research
EXAN-4901
Expanded Animation Capstone
INTM-4008
Managing Production
INTM-4901
Thesis: Studio Research
LIFE-4901
Life Studies Capstone 1
PHOT-4004
Directed Studio / Seminar
PHOT-4901
Thesis: Research
PRNT-4901
Thesis: Research
SCIN-4901
Thesis: Research
ADVR-4013
Advertising Workshop 1
ENVR-4901
ED Thesis 1
GRPH-4015
Graphic Design Workshop 1
ILLU-4901
Thesis: 5
INDS-4006
ID Major Design Project 1
MAAD-4901
MAAD Thesis 2
DIGF-4901
Thesis Project 1
INVC-4901
Interdisc. Studies Thesis 1
VISA-4901
Honours Seminar: Thesis Research

For more information about the WAC course stream, contact Emilie Brancato, ELL Specialist at ebrancato@ocadu.ca.