Advertising

This is Canada’s top advertising program through a combo of classes in graphic design, branding, creative copywriting and career-building skills. More than half of students get offered jobs before they even graduate at Canada’s only four-year university advertising program.

More About the Advertising Program

In this program, instructors who work in the advertising field will teach you:

  • Design
  • Storytelling
  • Digital
  • Copywriting
  • Typography
  • Layout
  • Strategy
  • Consumer behaviours and market research
  • Art direction
  • Film
  • User experience
  • Public relations

You will learn storytelling from many different points of views. You will be encouraged to challenge tradition and consider different viewpoints and values.

In fourth year, you’ll work in boot camps with real clients and create real campaigns. In the past, students have worked with McCain Pizza Pockets and Sony Playstation. This means you can say you’ve sold a creative concept before even finishing school – a huge advantage when you’re looking for a job.

You’ll also benefit from guest speakers from Canada’s biggest ad agencies and have the opportunity to do internships.

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

More than half of fourth year students have jobs lined up before they even graduate. Many of Canada’s top advertising creatives are graduates of OCAD U’s program.

  • Advertising agencies and marketing firms
  • In-house marketing for companies
  • Digital agencies
  • Design companies
  • Production and film studios
CO-OPS/INTERNSHIPS

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WHAT YOU’LL DO IN THE PROGRAM

FIRST YEAR

In first year, you’ll take intro to advertising courses and a good base of art and design classes including:

  • Typography
  • Drawing
  • Colour and two dimensional design
  • Writing
  • Design history
SECOND YEAR

In second year, you’ll learn advertising strategy and concept. You’ll also take:

  • Digital advertising design
  • Typography
  • Photography
  • Your choice of classes in English, social sciences or humanities
THIRD YEAR

Third year features:

  • Advertising concepts
  • Advertising research
  • Art of persuasion
  • Advertising storytelling
  • Advertising copywriting
  • Retail advertising and user experience
  • Your choice of classes in English, social sciences or humanities
FOURTH YEAR

In fourth year, you’ll work with real clients in advertising boot camp. You will create real campaigns from scratch and present it to clients such as McCain or Sony. You’ll also work on your thesis project and showcase your work at OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with over 40,000 visitors.