How to Apply

1. Choose your program 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 range of programs.

All undergrad programs can be completed in four years of full-time study. If you need help deciding which program is for you:

2. Learn about our admission and academic entrance requirements

Admission to OCAD U is based primarily on a portfolio or writing submission but strong academic skills are essential for your overall success. All offers of admission are conditional on meeting at least the minimum academic entrance requirements. Review our requirements before applying and contact us if you have any questions.

International applicants are welcome and you should familiarize yourself with any special requirements.

OCAD U offers many transfer pathway opportunities for students with previous post-secondary experience.

3. Submit your application online

All applicants apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).

You can start applying in October 2019. The recommended deadline to apply for the 2020/2021 academic year is February 4, 2020. Applications received after February 4, 2020 may be considered if there is space but some programs may not accept applications after the recommended deadline. 

4. Submit your portfolio or supplemental items

If you are applying to our Visual and Critical Studies program you need to submit a writing sample assignment and a statement of intent. You’ll be emailed the topic for the writing sample and other details after your application has been processed.

If you are applying to our Creative Writing program, you need to submit a writing portfolio and statement of intent through SlideRoom. Your portfolio should feature your original work in poetry, prose, spoken word, hip hop, hybrid or experimental forms. You’ll be emailed further details after your application has been processed.   

If you are applying to any other undergraduate program at OCAD U,  you need to submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom. Visit our preparing a portfolio page for further details on what we are looking for in your portfolio submission. You’llbe emailed deadlines and further details after your application has been processed.

Most portfolio and writing submissions are reviewed beginning in February each year.

5. Wait for your conditional offer of admission

Offers of Admission will be sent out by email starting at the end of March 2020. The latest date you should expect to hear from us with a decision is May 27, 2020. All offers are conditional upon the completion of the admission process (meeting academic entrance requirements and submitting required documents). You will receive details by email that will include important dates, deadlines and information about the next steps to complete the process.

6. Respond to your offer of admission

After you respond to your offer of admission through OUAC, OCAD U will be notified electronically that you have accepted your offer of admission. 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. Review our new students page for more detailed information.

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