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Liberal Studies Courses

 

If you are an undergraduate degree student admitted to OCAD University 2012 or later you must complete the following minimum 5.0 credits of Liberal Arts & Sciences requirements; many major/programs require specific courses and some major/programs require additional credits in Liberal Arts & Sciences. Always refer to the program guide for your year of admission (catalog year) to confirm you are taking the appropriate courses for your program.

Note: Liberal studies electives may be used to take courses for a minor. Courses or course subjects required for a major/program may not be applied to a minor.

At least 1.5 credits (3 courses) of these Liberal Arts & Sciences requirements must be completed at the year 3 or 4 level. The first number of a course code indicates its year level (i.e., VISA-4001 = year 4 level).

You may include any course(s) in the new subject IVCL in your breadth requirements and you may include any course(s) in the new subject IVCV in your visual culture requirements.

Your program must include:

1.5 credits (3 courses) year 1 level courses:
      subjects VISC-1001, VISC-1002 and ENGL-1003 or ENGL-1004

1.0 credit (2 courses) year 2, 3 or 4 level in visual culture:
      subjects IVCV, VISA, VISC, VISD and/or VISM

1.0 credit (2 courses) year 2, 3 or 4 level in breadth:
      subjects ENGL, HUMN, IVCL, SCTM and/or SOSC

0.5 credit (1 course) year 2, 3 or 4 level in breadth:
      subjects HUMN, IVCL, SCTM or SOSC

1.0 credit (2 courses) year 2, 3 or 4 level in visual culture and/or breadth:
      subjects ENGL, HUMN, IVCL, IVCV, SCTM, SOSC, VISA, VISC, VISD, and/or VISM

If you were originally admitted to OCAD U before 2012 or are in the Degree Completion program: you have different Liberal Arts & Sciences requirements. You must fulfill the requirements outlined in the last assessment of graduation requirements sent to you from the Office of the Registrar. You may also contact the Student Advising Centre to discuss your Liberal Studies requirements by referencing the worksheet for your program or year of entry (see Liberal Studies Worksheets below.)

 

Breadth Courses

ENGL – English
HUMN – Humanities
IVCL – a category of breadth courses with indigenous content
SCTM – Science/Technology/Mathematics
SOSC – Social Sciences

Note: INVC-2B03 (no longer offered) may fulfill 0.5 credit in English.

Visual Culture Courses

IVCV – a category of visual culture courses with indigenous content
VISA – art history and theory
VISC – cross-disciplinary visual culture and theory courses
VISD – design history and theory
VISM – media history and theory, including film and new media

Note: INVC-2001 (no longer offered) may fulfill 0.5 credit in visual culture.

For Students Admitted to OCAD U 2006–2013

Course Codes

In 2015/2016, OCAD University implemented a change to course codes. If you were admitted prior to 2015/2016, please use the Liberal Studies course code equivalencies document as required to translate old codes to new codes. Note that some course codes may have changed again since this document was created.

Liberal Studies Worksheets

To understand what your choices are for Liberal Studies courses, please print the Liberal Studies worksheet based on when you were admitted to OCAD U and your major. Use this worksheet to track your requirements. If a worksheet is not available for your program or year of entry, please visit the Student Advising Centre to discuss your Liberal Studies requirements in person.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the Student Advising Centre, 100 McCaul St., Level 2, Room 266, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. or email advising@ocadu.ca.

Admitted to OCAD U 2006-2011 (PDFs)

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Criticism & Curatorial Practice
 

Admitted to OCAD U 2012-2013 only (PDFs)

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Criticism & Curatorial Practice

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies

Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications

Digital Futures (Not available. Please use your program guide from your year of entry for planning.)

Drawing & Painting

Drawing & Painting: Digital Painting & Expanded Animation

Environmental Design

Graphic Design

Illustration

Indigenous Visual Culture

Industrial Design

Integrated Media

Integrated Media: Digital Painting & Expanded Animation

Material Art & Design

Photography

Printmaking

Sculpture/Installation

Visual and Critical Studies (Not available. Please use your program guide from your year of entry for planning.)

Admitted to OCAD U 2014 or later

Please use your program guide from your year of entry for planning in conjunction with your degree audit on your My Progress page in your academic record in My OCAD U Records (Self-Service)

Admitted to OCAD U 2012-2013
Admitted to OCAD U 2012-2013
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