Guide to Admissions

The following programs for the Fall 2019 entry term are still accepting applications until further notice:

  • Visual and Critical Studies
  • Advertising
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital Futures
  • Indigenous Visual Culture

1. Choose your area of study: OCAD University offers three undergraduate degrees — a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Bachelor of Design (BDes) or a Bachelor of Arts (BA) — in a wide array of different programs. All undergraduate programs can be completed in four years of full-time study. If you need help deciding which of our programs best suit you, come to one of our many events throughout the year, peruse our viewbook and course calendar or do some homework by talking to people who are active in these fields.

2. Learn about our admission and academic entrance requirements: Admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies is based on a combination of a review of a written assignment, a statement of intent and your academic records. Admission to our Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program is based primarily on a writing portfolio. Admission to all other studio programs (Bachelor Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts) is based primarily on an assessment of your portfolio of work.  All applicants must submit a Statement of Intent as part of the portfolio submission and must meet minimum academic requirements. International applicants are welcome and should familiarize themselves with special requirements. OCAD U offers many transfer pathways for students with previous post-secondary experience.

3. Submit your application online: All applicants apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). The application will be made available in October 2018. The recommended deadline to apply for the 2019/2020 academic year is February 1, 2019. Applications received after February 1, 2019 will be considered as space permits and some programs may not accept applications after the February 1, 2019 deadline. 

4. Submit your portfolio (for admission to BFA, BDes programs): All applicants are required to submit a digital portfolio online through SlideRoom. Most portfolio submissions are reviewed in February each year. You will be notified of all dates and deadlines and will be provided with instructions for submitting your portfolio by email after you apply.


Submit your writing sample (for admission to the BA in Visual and Critical Studies): You will be emailed the topic for the writing sample after your application has been processed.

5. Await your conditional offer of admission: Offers of Admission will begin to be sent out by email at the end of March 2019. The latest date that an applicant should expect to hear from us with a decision is May 29, 2019. All offers are conditional upon the completion of the admission process (meeting academic requirements and submitting necessary documents).

6. Respond to your offer of admission: After you respond to your offer of admission via OUAC, OCAD U will be notified electronically that you have accepted your offer of admission. OCAD U will send you correspondence (via email) that will include important dates, deadlines and information about online registration. You will need to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit in order to secure your spot at OCAD U.

7. Plan your year: Ensure you have the necessary financial resources for tuition, fees, supplies and living expenses. Arrange housing if required. Attend our summer orientation programs and register for your classes online.

8. See you in September!

For information on the admissions process for our graduate programs please visit the Graduate Studies section of our website.

Undergraduate programs

Graduate programs

Helpful contacts for admissions

Admissions and Recruitment

230 Richmond Street West, main floor
Toronto ON
Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
T: 416-977-6000, Ext. x4869
Toll-free: 1-800-382-6516

Mailing address

100 McCaul St
Toronto ON
M5T 1W1