Material Art and Design

In the Material Art and Design program, you will learn how to create jewellery, textiles and ceramics as a professional studio artist or designer. You’ll focus on making your own designs and will learn the critical and business skills you’ll need to succeed.

In this program, you can choose to focus on textiles or jewellery and metalsmithing. You can also take electives in ceramics, fashion design and wearable technology. Program instructors are top textile, jewellery and ceramics artists and designers.

More About the Material Art and Design Program

Our studios are equipped with the traditional tools and new technology needed to prepare you for work as an artist, designer or craftsperson.

If you focus on textiles, you’ll create your own printed, woven and experimental textiles for sculpture, clothing and surface design. You’ll use traditional methods and new technology such as digital printing, embroidery and knitting.

If you focus on jewellery and metalsmithing, you’ll create your own fine jewellery and sculptures with metals and other materials. You will also learn to use traditional methods of fabrication and casting alongside computer-aided design and manufacturing.

  • 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

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


Graduates of the program work in:

  • Textile, jewellery or ceramic art and design
  • Fashion and costume design
  • Product design
  • Interior design

Some students pursue graduate studies in art, craft, design , ceramics, fashion, jewellery, textiles and museum studies.


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.



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

  • Colour and 2D design
  • Form and structure
  • Drawing
  • Art and Design history
  • Jewellery
  • Textiles

In second year, you will have more choices of classes that interest you and will study:

  • Drawing
  • Material arts
  • Jewellery casting
  • Jewellery fabrication
  • Textile dyeing
  • Silversmithing
  • Textile stitching
  • Electives such as ceramics

Third year will feature an open elective and more advanced courses, such as:

  • Jewellery professional practice
  • Textiles professional practice
  • Jewellery gem setting
  • Jewellery or Textiles history
  • Drawing and rendering
  • Jewellery or Textiles concepts

In fourth year, you will focus your study on your area of interest. You’ll spend the year working on your thesis project and will 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.