Teachers and Guidance Counsellors

This page is dedicated to teachers and guidance counsellors in assisting students who are aiming to apply to OCAD U or simply want more information before making a decision.

For a list of events that include campus tours, open houses and portfolio clinics, please visit our events page here.

Join our teachers and guidance counsellors newsletter to stay up to date on events, resources, dates and deadlines to help you support students in their search for post-secondary art, design or creative education.

Are you planning a visit to OCAD U? Interested in an on-campus workshop for your class? Want a tour of our facilites? Email admissions@ocadu.ca and we can set something up.

Program Types

Undergraduate Studio Degree Programs:
Bachelor of Design (BDes)
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Undergraduate Non-Studio Degree Program:
Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Critical Studies

For more information on the specific programs offered under studio degree and non-studio degree programs, you can visit our website here.

Minor Programs: Minors give students the opportunity to pursue a secondary field of study that will complement their major. A variety of minors are available and are an great option for those deciding between more than one major. For more information please visit the Academic Programs - Minors section of our website.

Graduate Programs:
Master of Arts (MFA)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Master of Design (MDes)

OCAD U has a long standing tradition of contemporary thinking and practice in art and design. Our Graduate Degree Programs offer the next generation of artists, designers and industry leaders a level of scholarship that is virtually unmatched in Canada. For more information please visit Graduate Studies.

Continuing Studies Programs: We are now offering year-round youth courses, and a course aimed at teachers of all subjects in the primary and secondary panel, Visualization and Design Thinking in the Classroom. For course info and registration visit: ocadu.ca/continuingstudies

Undergraduate Admission Updates

Application Deadline:

The undergraduate deadline to apply for admission for the 2018/2019 academic year is February 1, 2018. The only entry point for all programs is September. For more information on admission requirements, please read below or read our Guide to Admissions.

English Proficiency Test Updates:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Applicants taking the TOEFL test for the first time must provide an Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) with a minimum total score of 84 with at least 20 in Reading, at least 19 in Listening, at least 22 in Speaking and at least 20 in Writing.

PTE Academic (Pearson Test)
Minimum 58 overall with at least 56 in Listening, at least 56 in Reading, at least 56 in Speaking and at least 56 in Writing.

For more information, please read our English proficiency requirements here.

Admission Requirements

Step 1 of 2: Application Requirements

As outlined in the Admission Requirements (Undergraduate) Policy, applicants to OCAD University’s undergraduate programs must meet minimum academic entrance requirements and submit:

  • Creative Profile (required for all programs) and
  • Portfolio (required for all studio BFA, BDes programs) or
  • Writing sample (required for the BA in Visual and Critical Studies)

After a student applies, they will be notified by email of the details for submitting their portfolio or supplemental application materials for assessment.

Information on portfolio preparation, tips for your presentation and methods of submission can be found at Preparing a Portfolio.

Step 2 of 2: Academic Requirements

Official transcripts, unless collected and submitted through the OUAC, and supporting documents should be mailed to Admissions & Recruitment at OCAD U's main address.

The following academic requirements must be met to complete the admission process:

For Ontario Secondary School applicants: Requirements for Ontario Secondary School applicants can be found here.

For high school applicants from outside Ontario: Detailed information on academic requirements by provinces in Canada can be found here.

For International high school applicants: Requirements for international high school students can be found here.

International Baccalaureate (IB): Requirements for IB Diploma applicants can be found here.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: OCAD U recognizes the value of AP courses and will take successful completion of these courses into consideration when assessing academic requirements. Transfer credit may be awarded to students who achieve a grade of 4 or higher in courses that are approved as equivalent to OCAD U courses.

British Pattern Curriculum: Requirements for those in the British Pattern Curriculum can be found here.  

For Mature Applicants (at least 20 years of age by September 1 of the year of intended enrolment): Satisfactory proof of proficiency in English (a course or a test).

Portfolio Clinics

OCAD University has created a unique program of day-long workshops designed to to give students the opportunity to explore new territory, build confidence in their skills as a visual communicator and get a sense of what it's like to be a student here.

Portfolio Clinics are primarily designed for those who are interested in applying to a post-secondary art or design school.

Learn more.

On Campus Workshops

Requests for specific workshops are bring accepted from teachers and counsellors. If interested, please contact admissions@ocadu.ca.

Learn more

    Summer Workshops

    Excellent for creative thinkers & makers 15+ who are considering an education in art, design and the creative fields. This program takes a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach to the studio experience.

    Learn more.

    Financial Matters

    Financial Aid & Awards advises students, provides referrals to the appropriate financial assistance programs and assists with securing the resources required to meet post-secondary education costs. For more information, please review our website here.

    Housing Information

    OCAD U does not have its own residence or housing facilities. However, there are excellent housing resources and referrals, including links to independent residences around the city, available on the Housing Information page.


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    Contact information

    Email: admissions@ocadu.ca

    Tel: 416-977-6000 Ext. 4869
    Toll-free: 1-800-382-6516
    Fax: 416-977-6006

    Admissions and Recruitment Office
    230 Richmond Street West, main floor
    Toronto ON
    Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.