Laptop Program

Am I going to need a laptop at OCAD U?

Yes. All students entering undergraduate studies at OCAD University, and graduate programs in Digital Futures, Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design and Design for Health are required to bring a recommended laptop computer with them to University. This is a laptop you already own, or a recommended model you will purchase at education discount. For a full list of Laptop Programs, view our knowledgebase article Laptop Program: About the Laptop Program.

What kind of laptop do I need?

We support and recommend Microsoft Surface laptops, Dell and Apple laptops. For a comprehensive list, read about Laptop Program: About the Laptop Program

Where do I buy my Laptop?

To learn more about Purchasing options, read our Laptop Program: Purchasing Options knowledgebase page.

Do I need to buy software?

No. We license required software such as Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office, and You will be charged a series of fees on your Student Fees Account to cover the costs.

What does the Laptop Program cost?

The cost varies by program, and fees are applied in the Fall and Winter only. Fees are currently being reviewed for the upcoming year. Students > Financial Matters > Tuition & Fees > Laptop Program Fees

What is the Laptop Program?

The Laptop Program provides software and support for students bringing their own laptops to OCAD U for their learning and instruction in art and design. Your laptop is the primary computer you will use on campus, in specific courses, studios and open areas between classes.

How do I find out more?

First, check out knowledgebase which include frequently asked questions:

Please email the Laptop Help Desk or contact Andrew McAllister at with your questions.