Environmental Design

Environmental design is creating environments for people including architecture, urban planning, retail spaces, landscape and interior design.

More About the Environmental Design Program

In this program you will learn research, analysis, design and presentation. You’ll learn how to take your ideas and turn them into real plans and designs. Many graduates go on to graduate studies in architecture and environmental sciences.

At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Design 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 the program go on to:

  • Study architecture, urban planning or environmental sciences in graduate school
  • Landscape architecture
  • Interior design
  • Urban design and planning
CO-OPS/INTERNSHIPS

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.

WHAT YOU’LL DO IN THE PROGRAM

FIRST YEAR

In first year, you’ll take intro classes in topics such as:

  • Colour and 2D Design
  • Environmental Design intro
  • Materials and Methods
  • Concept Drawing
  • Digital Design
SECOND YEAR

In second year, you will study topics in more depth, such as:

  • Personal Space
  • Colour, Light and Environment
  • Structure
  • Presentation Drawing
  • History of Modern Design
  • History of Modern Architecture
  • Social Space and Diversity
THIRD YEAR

Third year will feature classes in your interest and more advanced courses, such as:

  • Residential and Inclusivity
  • Introduction to Lighting
  • Accessible Design
  • Residential Systems and Materials
  • Retail and Hospitality
  • Research
  • Commercial Systems and Materials
FOURTH YEAR

In fourth year, you will focus on a major year-long thesis project. You’ll also choose courses that interest you such as:

  • Professional Practice
  • Office Interior Design
  • Architectural Design Studio
  • Urban Life: Art, Design, City
  • Contemporary Studies in Architecture and Design

You’ll showcase your work at GradEx ̶ OCAD U’s GradEx, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.