Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD U is the first undergrad program in Canada to teach artists to be critics and curators. Unlike at other universities, students in our program also get experience in studios making art themselves. We believe that people who work in all areas of the art and culture world benefit from this experience.

More About the CRITICISM AND CURATORIAL Program

In this program you’ll learn about professional practices in museums, galleries and many other creative institutions. You’ll benefit from working with other artists, curators, writers and designers. You’ll also learn how contemporary art and design productions and exhibitions work.

This four-year program will earn you a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Get more details about the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • 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
JOBS YOU CAN GET

Graduates of this program have found careers in:

  • Art curation, criticism or writing
  • Exhibition production
  • Arts administration and advocacy
  • Art consulting for private collections or auction houses
  • Grad programs in art history, museum studies or cultural studies
CO-OPS/INTERNSHIPS

OCAD U offers so much more than co-op 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.

WHAT YOU’LL DO IN THE PROGRAM

FIRST YEAR

Before you focus on Criticism and Curatorial Practice, 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
SECOND YEAR

In second year, you’ll choose courses based on your interest including art and design studio classes, contemporary issues and an English class. You’ll also take two art and design courses of your choice and:

  • Museums, Galleries, Alternates
  • Art History and Visual Culture
THIRD YEAR

In third year, you’ll take an experiential learning course including the opportunity to study at the AGO. You’ll also take courses based on your interest in visual and critical studies. And, you’ll take:

  • A Question of Beauty: Reframed
  • The Work of the Curator
  • Art Writing: Practice and Ideas
  • Professional Practice
  • History and Theory of Art Criticism
FOURTH YEAR

In fourth year, you will take classes based on our interest in humanities, social sciences or English and work on your year-long thesis project. You’ll 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.