Student groups

Special-interest student groups allow interaction among students, support faith and culture, and create an atmosphere of diversity while encouraging self-development, social responsibility and environmental awareness.

Start a group! Renew a group!

Follow outlined procedures and become recognized by OCAD University and the OCAD Student Union. Student groups are entitled to a variety of benefits; review the requirements and sign up your friends and classmates.


Download the 2018/2019 Student Group Handbook, which contains:

  • Helpful hints, tips and support information for student groups
  • Campus resource listing
  • Instructions regarding AODA*
  • Information about OCAD SU Grants
  • The OCAD University Student Group Recognition Policy
  • Application for Registered/Recognized Group Status
  • Change of Leadership form (not required for annual group renewal)

Printed copies are available at Campus Life (Level 5) and OCAD Student Union (Level 6), 230 Richmond St. West.

*Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
Group leaders are required to complete the online learning modules for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) before group renewal or registration will be considered. Find more information here.

Student Group Leader Award

The Student Group Leader Award will be presented annually to a student group leader who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role! Through facilitation and involvement, the leader demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group members and the OCAD University community. Find out how to nominate a deserving student group leader (DOCX).

Student groups 2018/2019

Updated: November 6, 2018
New and renewed student groups for fall/winter 2018/2019:


(Formerly ART & SOCIAL CHANGE STUDENT COMMITTEE) Artivism OCAD U is a group of OCAD U students and alumni whose goal is to unify social justice and its integration into artistic practice. We put into the forefront urgent matters affecting the student body, staff and faculty on campus. Some of these issues include (but are not limited to) environmental justice, sexual violence, student poverty and housing, combating racism, as well as decolonizing the curriculum. Through various student-led initiatives, we aim to raise awareness of equity and accessibility issues, and build a strong social justice community on campus. Email:


This OCAD Magazine focuses on discussing issues within the OCAD community. We aim to find creative solutions to management issues and the lack of social communication.

Our magazine "Chiaroscuro" is a platform to facilitate open discussions between students, staff and management. The name "Chiaroscuro" shows our commitment to value opinions on all sides, even if they are polar opposites or 'light and dark'.

As well as discussing the issues of our school, we will also display creative works of some of the students by displaying photography and fashion pieces throughout the publication. Email: 


With our sights on cross-disciplinary collaboration, Design & Art Club will blend the talents of OCAD U artists and designers to create functional and well-designed projects that speak to the unique talents of different specialties! Email:


OCAD University’s newly renovated Foundry is a fully equipped metal casting facility for bronze and aluminum. The Foundry Club exists to allow students with similar interests, backgrounds and ambitions to share ideas, explore techniques, casting processes, and examine various casting materials. Club members will have access to the Foundry for metal casting projects, both individually and/or group projects. Foundry Club plans to meet on a bi-weekly basis, developing project plans, goals and activities; learning and innovation can happen through collaboration!  Email:


GAMA (Gaming, Anime and Manga Association is comprised of like-minded individuals with an interest in the culture surrounding video games, Japanese anime and manga. The group meets weekly to discuss these interests, and holds events in support of an annual trip to Anime North or other related events. Email: / Facebook:


Genesis is a Korean Christian group affiliated with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Toronto, which exists to become a bridge that connects spiritually and artistic practice within the context of Jesus Christ's teaching. Through spiritual and practical activities, such as daily meditation, summer short-term mission, presentations and exhibitions, believers at OCAD U are encouraged to rise up for the truth and express it with passion. All welcome. Email:


grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating to develop urban agriculture on and off campus, exploring themes of biophillia, food security and community building through plant life. We believe that the natural world and the human world are one and the same, and work to bridge this constructed divide in daily life. grOCAD is involved in on-campus installations, research, promotion of student and community work, gallery shows and publications relating to sustainable urbanism. Email:


Ignitograph is the group for emerging photography students. Through a variety of projects and workshops, you can spread your wings, learn how to expand your perspective of the world, and connect and communicate with other artists through the stories of image. Let’s work together to build the bridge toward our dreams! Email:


The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is a self-governing collective of Indigenous students at OCAD University (OCAD U) who organize to nurture community and to support each other. We run community events and activities, and are the main student group dedicated to bettering Indigenous students’ experiences at OCAD U; autonomous from the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, the Indigenous Student Centre, and the Student Union. Our goals year to year may change, but we remain grounded in our dedication to community and safer spaces for Indigenous students to learn, create and thrive. Email: / Facebook: / Instagram:


(Formerly OCAD Christian Fellowship) We want to share love and support the larger OCAD U community as well as the city by fostering a caring community through our actions and events. We hope to welcome and create safe spaces for people to engage and grow in their faith. We also want to encourage others to learn and grow to use their skills and talents to serve the larger community. Email: Facebook:


The Journal of Visual & Critical Studies (JVCS) collects and celebrates some of the best undergraduate academic writing at OCAD University. Comprising critical essays, exhibition reviews, artist portfolios, creative non-fiction, and thesis abstracts from students across all disciplines, this annual publication reflects the unique approaches to art history and visual culture that are being undertaken here. We value and emphasize interdisciplinary research methods and modes of thinking to provide diverse perspectives. The JVCS welcomes new editorial committee members every year, offering students the opportunity to help sustain the publication through peer-to-peer education about the publishing process. Email:


LAASA fosters a community hub for latinx students on campus, and provides a platform for the broader OCAD U community to interact and learn about Latin American culture through collaboration: food and music, workshops, guest speakers, exhibitions, publications and more. Email:


Link Magazine is an online, student-run magazine, written, produced and edited for OCAD U students. Its aim is to give insight related to art, design and new urban trends, with all articles written in both Korean and English. All students are welcome to join the club! Email: 


The OCAD Chinese Student Association (OCSA) is a Chinese-student based organization dedicated towards improving cultural awareness on campus, providing academic information and support for students coming from a common background. OCSA also strives to promote culture through innovative and educational activities while developing leadership and fostering friendship within the association and other OCAD U student communities. Email:


OCAD Chinese Students & Scholars Association (OCAD CSSA) is a Chinese student-based non-religious, non-political and non-profit student organization. Members include any student or scholar who is currently or will be studying and working at OCAD U. We aim to help Chinese students learn and live in Canada and alleviate the incompatibility caused by different backgrounds and cultures. We will work hard to promote exchange between new and returning students, between Chinese and non-Chinese students and between OCAD U and other universities. We will also act as a bridge between students and various departments of OCAD U to safeguard their rights and interests. Email: / Web: / Wechat: ocadcssawechat / Wechat Subscription: ocadcssa


OCAD MCCF is a group of Mandarin-speaking Christians who gather on campus weekly. We are dedicated to foster the spiritual life of the OCAD University community through bible study, prayer, workshops, and other social and community outreach events using Mandarin as the primary language. We are here to experience and express God’s love. Through bible study and building genuine friendship within and beyond our weekly meetings, we want to live out God’s love in word and deed. Email:


The Zine Collective is made up of students who are interested in self-publishing through the medium of zines. Together we create zines, learn about zine distribution and promotion, and help sustain the OCAD U Zine Library. We also help plan the annual OCAD U Zine Fair and attend activities like workshops and field trips to other zine events. Come and join us if you’re interested in promoting and distributing your artwork in a way that is easy, cheap, and fun! Email: / Facebook:


OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada. Email: / Facebook: / Instagram:


OCAD U Life Painting is a group, within the OCAD University community, focused on the betterment of students, through the development of their ability to observe and paint from life. While providing a safe space to practice observational painting skills, we also provide a sense of community within OCAD U for those who see its value. Email: Facebook:


The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a Muslim community within OCAD University that is run by students. The MSA assists and represents Muslim students in several matters, and works with the Administration, and Campus Security to ensure a safe environment for Muslim students on campus, as well as a maintained safe, peaceful space for prayer. All events are open to Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff. Email: / Facebook: / Facebook Social Group: Twitter: Instagram: / Web:


The OCAD U Sikh Student's Association—under the umbrella organisation of Experience Sikhi - The Sikh Youth Federation—aims to provide a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of whether they come from a Sikh background or not. Our goal is to educate one another to understand and raise awareness about what Sikhi is. This allows us to break barriers and misunderstandings that may exist about Sikhi and Sikhs. Through various events such as Game Nights, Paint Nites, and exploring Sikh Art History, along with prayer evenings and discussions with guest speakers, we will create a friendly community to experience Sikhi. Email: / Instagram:


The OCAD U Student Press serves as a platform for idea sharing, research, and communication among the OCAD U community. We publish a major book every year, showcasing ground-breaking academic research and projects done by our most promising students in the fields of art and design. The Press offers a series of educational workshops, additional publications and events, offering students new opportunities to get involved. Email: / Web:


PROUD at OCAD U is an LGBTQ+ student organization dedicated to fostering a safe, inclusive and positive community at OCAD University. We are committed to an intersectional, diverse approach and strive to provide LGBTQ+ students on campus with support and resources, ways to create art and design, and celebrate our identities through meetings, events, and other initiatives. In addition, PROUD at OCAD U is a resource for students, staff and faculty who are not part of the LGBTQ+ community to learn how to better support and accommodate their students and colleagues; however, emphasis will always be placed on the LGBTQ+ student population. Email: / Facebook: / Twitter: / Instagram:


The Grind is an incubator for students who want to start their own small business. The group aims to connect students interested in business/entrepreneurship, encourage collaboration and provide guest speakers, workshops and resources to assist participants in networking, learning new skills and portfolio building. Email: / Facebook: / Twitter: / Instagram:


Want to learn how to make ceramic pots on a wheel? This is your chance! Throwing Club will be doing weekly sessions where we teach anyone with Ceramic studio access how to throw — just because we think throwing is fabulous and everyone should give it a try! Students from all departments welcome. Email:


Vernacular is a creative writing and publishing collective dedicated to poetry and other experimental approaches to language. We meet to share prompts and new works, and to develop our language-based practices. Curated works will be distributed through periodic publications, podcasts and events. By fostering a community of writers, speakers and signers, Vernacular provides a platform for creative linguistic agency and innovation. Email: / Facebook: