OCAD University


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Welcome to Canada’s largest and oldest institution for art and design!

Learn to use your creativity for today’s challenges. Alongside a diverse and supportive team of instructors and peers, gain employable skills that will help you get paid to do what you love.


We’re located in downtown Toronto’s Entertainment District and right next to Queen Street West, the Art Gallery of Ontario and beautiful Grange Park. The university has twelve buildings in the heart of the city. Our campus is easily accessible by transit and surrounded by safe, walkable neighbourhoods.

OCAD U has more than 4,500 students and 17 undergraduate programs. Field placement and internship opportunities are available in almost every program. We have over 400 faculty who are practicing artists and designers in their fields.  With small class sizes and technical staff in all our shops and studios, you are more than just a number to us.

Just like any other university, we provide a supportive and fun campus life experience. Our campus includes a medical centre, library, plenty of chill-out space, food court and opportunities for intramural sports and social events.

Requirements and Admissions

Offers of admission to OCAD University’s programs are based primarily on the strength of the applicant’s portfolio or writing sample (Opens In A New Tab). All offers are conditional upon meeting the minimum academic requirements and supplying all required documentation.

All applications for admission are made online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). The only entry point is in September each year. The recommended deadline to apply for all programs at OCAD University is February 1. Applications may be considered after this deadline if space is available.


  • Apparel and textiles
  • Audiovisual communications technologies/technicians
  • Communication and media studies
  • Communications technology/technician
  • Crafts/craft design, folk art and artisanry
  • Design and applied arts
  • Environmental design/architecture
  • Film/video and photographic arts
  • Fine arts and art studies
  • Graphic communications
  • Precision metal working
  • Publishing
  • Visual, digital and performing arts, general
  • Woodworking

Student Experience

OCAD U campus is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The university offers an inspiring work environment for over 400 faculty and more than 4,300 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. Studios, galleries and more are at your fingertips!

Scholarships and Bursaries

Figuring out your financial plan helps to ensure success in your undergraduate degree. Being ready financially will help you to focus on your creative practice, classes and getting the most out of your time at OCAD U. There are many ways to support your education costs: scholarships, bursaries, on-campus jobs and more!

Full-time domestic students should expect to pay around $7,200 per academic year, while full-time international students will pay around $27,500 per academic year.

The total fees due is based on the number of credits the student registers for per term. Students will usually take an average of 4-5 classes per term. Classes will usually count as 0.5 or 1.0 credit, so an average student would take 2.5 credits per term.


OCAD University does not having it’s own housing but has partnered with several housing service providers, including independent residence-style student residences, co-op options, and more. Visit our housing page to learn more about our housing partners, opportunities to connect with potential OCAD U roommates, as well as tips and resources to help you with your housing search within the Greater Toronto Area.

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Student Testimonials

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Have questions about admissions?

To learn more about the admissions criteria for each of our programs please contact the admissions office.

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