Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies

If you love science, nature and art, this program might be for you. In this program specialization, you’ll explore the arts through science, nature, anatomy and biology. This program specialization is about studying living things through creative lenses.

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In this program, you’ll experiment with many different mediums including:

  • Sculpture
  • Figure drawing
  • Life modelling
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Performance
  • Digital art

You will take liberal art and science courses to better represent life through art.

At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Get more details about the program.

  • For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Portfolio (samples of your work and a visual representation of who you are)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Other requirements

Graduates of the program work in:

  • Artistic practice
  • Medical illustration
  • Prosthetic design
  • Natural science research
  • Arts administration and education

OCAD U offers so much more than co-ops because creative careers take many forms. Our approach is specialized, and individual to every student’s needs and goals. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • Short experiential learning placements from among hundreds of organizations
  • Creative in-class projects with real-world industry partners
  • Exclusive summer internships
  • Gallery exhibitions of your work
  • Freelance creative opportunities
  • Jobs after graduation

OCAD University’s dedicated support services will help you build a professional community, valuable experience and skills necessary for a meaningful career.



Before you focus on Life Studies, your first year at OCAD University will be in our first year art program. You will have a ton of choice in taking different kind of classes to get a good base for future years. A few are mandatory, such as art history, colour and drawing, but the rest of your classes could include:

  • Sculpture concepts
  • Wearable art
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Animation
  • Body and technology
  • Printmaking
  • Art and code
  • Indigenous sculpture strategies
  • Nature and culture

In second year, you will take Life Studies studio and can choose from studio art courses that interest you and science and social science courses such as:

  • Anatomy: structure and movement
  • Introduction to biology
  • Human form and function: anatomy
  • Life Study for sculpture
  • Nature, culture and environment
  • The culture of science

Third year will feature a focused Life Studies studio course. You’ll choose from courses in art history, science and social science. You can also choose studio art courses based on your interest such as:

  • Life study for sculpture
  • Indigenous art and experimentation
  • Performance studio
  • Media and social change

In your fourth year, you will work independently on a main project, called a capstone. You’ll gain knowledge through lectures, creating art, gallery visits and panel discussions. You’ll also showcase your work at GradEx ̶ OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.