OCAD University

100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

OCAD University is Canada's largest university of art and design, dedicated to applying the power of imagination to education, research and creative enterprise. Founded in 1876, OCAD U's past provides a rich tradition into which our community can tap as we explore new opportunities, technologies and media. Central to our constant evolution is the belief that educational and cultural institutions must look outward, not inward, nurturing ideas that will take root in the world. Our mandate is not simply to imagine the future, but to help create it.

OCAD U's bachelor's and master's degree programs allow students to benefit from an interdisciplinary university education that blends academic rigor with the experimental freedom of the studio. Our graduate programs have a focus on research that goes far beyond traditional academic inquiry. OCAD U researchers start with practice-based methodologies from art and design and integrate them with every imaginable discipline, from computer science to physiology to consumer demographics.

OCAD University is located in the heart of Toronto, Canada's largest centre for design, culture, and business. As one of the world's most multicultural cities, Toronto is a vibrant nexus that brings a diversity of creative forces together. Our city is home to the second-highest concentration of artistically creative people in North America and the third-largest design centre in North America (after New York and Boston). Our downtown location links us (and you) to an extended campus of design studios, art galleries, artist-run centres and museums that exhibit the work of leading artists and designers.

DEGREES OFFERED: BFA, B.Des, BA, MA, MFA, M.Des
ACCREDITATION: AUCC, Council of Ontario Universities, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
MAJORS OFFERED:

Advertising*
Contemporary Art, Design & New Media Art Histories**
Criticism & Curatorial Practice
Cross-disciplinary Art: Life Studies*
Cross-disciplinary Art: Publications*
Design for Health**
Digital Futures*
Drawing and Painting*
Environmental Design*
Graphic Design*
Illustration*

 

Inclusive Design**
Indigenous Visual Culture*
Industrial Design*
Integrated Media*
Interdisciplinary Art, Media & Design**
Material Art & Design*
Photography*
Printmaking*
Sculpture/Installation*
Strategic Foresight & Innovation**
Visual & Critical Studies*

MINORS OFFERED:

Art and Social Change*
Art History*
Communication Design*
Creative Writing*
Digital & Media Studies*
Digital Media*
Drawing and Painting*
English*
Entrepreneurship & Innovation*
Expanded Animation*
Furniture Design*
Illustration*

 

Indigenous Visual Culture*
Industrial Ceramics*
Integrated Media*
Material Art & Design*
On-Screen Media*
Photography*
Printmaking*
Sculpture/Installation*
Social Sciences*
Sustainability*
Wearable Technology*

* UNDERGRADUATE ONLY
** GRADUATE ONLY

UNDERGRADUATE COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017
FULL-TIME DEPENDENT  
TUITION $ 14,888
MANDATORY FEES 1,756
BOOKS & SUPPLIES 2,325
ON-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD N/A
OFF-CAMPUS ROOM & BOARD 5,298
OTHER 6,388


NOTE: Cost of attendance at Canadian schools is shown here in US dollars. The tuition shown reflects the cost for international (non-Canadian) students. If you are a Canadian citizen planning to study at a Canadian institution, tuition costs will be lower. Please check with individual schools.

FINANCIAL AID 2015-2016 FULL-TIME FRESHMEN *
AID CATEGORY AVG PER RECIPIENT 1st YR RECIPIENTS
INSTITUTIONAL AWARDS4 $1,865 22%
FEDERAL/NATIONAL GRANTS 1,359 50%
PROVINCIAL & LOCAL GRANTS 1,539 64%
FEDERAL STUDENT LOANS 5,145 78%

AVERAGE AMOUNT RECEIVED PER RECIPIENT: $14,011
72% OF FULL-TIME FRESHMEN RECEIVED AID

NOTE: Financial aid amounts are reported in Canadian dollars.

* Most recent financial aid data available

ACCEPTANCE RATE: 69%

Acceptance Rate = The percentage of students admitted out of applications received in a given year.

ATTENDANCE RATE: 49%

Attendance Rate (also know as yield) = The percentage of admitted students who enroll in a given year.

ENROLLMENT: FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE FTE1 = 3,594

UNDERGRADUATE

FULL-TIME 3,180
PART-TIME 1,054

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS PROCESS
APPLICATION: N/A
ONLINE APPLICATION: Required
HOME EXAM: Not Required
INTERVIEW: Required
ESSAY: Required
SAT / ACT: Not Required
PORTFOLIO: Required

TRANSCRIPTS

HIGH SCHOOL: Required
COLLEGE: Required, if transferring
FACULTY: 2016-2017

FACULTY FTE1 = 214

FULL-TIME 156
PART-TIME 243
 

STUDENT/FACULTY RATIO: FALL 2016
17.7 TO 1
FTE STUDENTS PER FTE FACULTY1

RETENTION

FRESHMAN RETENTION2

FALL 2014 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2015
83%
 
FALL 2015 FRESHMEN
RETURNING IN FALL 2016
89%

SIX-YEAR GRADUATION RATE2

FALL 2009 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
66%
 
FALL 2010 FRESHMEN
GRADUATING WITHIN SIX YEARS
 
61%

UNDERGRADUATE ETHNICITY

FALL 2016

UNDERGRADUATE GENDER DISTRIBUTION

FALL 2016
68% FEMALE
32% MALE

NEW STUDENT GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION3

FALL 2016
OTHER PROGRAMS

Continuing Studies
Postgraduate Certificates

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES

Aboriginal Advising
Academic Advising
Ambient Experience Lab
Art Research Lab
Black Box Facility (Accessible Performance Lab)
Digital Drawing and Painting Lab
Digital Technology Lab
e-MOTION Lab (Data Visualization Lab)
Exhibition opportunities
First Generation/Student Success Programs
Financial Aid Office
Florence Off-Campus Studies Program
game:play lab
Indigenous Visual Culture program
Industry partnership opportunities
Imagination Catalyst (entrepreneurial incubator)
Gallery partnership opportunities
IDRC (Inclusive Design Research Centre)
IDI (Inclusive Design Institute)
International Student Services Office
Mobile Experience Lab
AICAD Exchange Program
Physical Hybrid Computing Lab
Rapid Prototyping Centre
SMAC Lab (Social Media + Collaboration Lab)
Social Body Lab, Smart Materials + Lighting Lab
sLAB (Strategic Innovation Lab)
Super Ordinary Lab
Student Mentor Program
Student Union
Visual Analytics Lab (VAL)
Writing & Learning Centre
Zero Lab

NOTE 1: "Full-Time Equivalent" is the common way to measure the relative size of colleges. This adjusts for differences in the percentage of part-time students (or faculty). For example: one full-time student = 1 FTE; three half-time students = 1.5 FTE, etc. NOTE 2: Retention and graduation rates for Art Center College of Design are calculated using the entire new student population entering Spring, Summer, and Fall terms (including a large population of transfer students), and not only "First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen" as required by the U.S. Department of Education. Thus these numbers are different than the retention and graduation reported to the U.S. Department of Education. NOTE 3: Geographic distribution is reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates. NOTE 4: Includes all institutional scholarships and grants, but does not include College Work Study or third party awards. NOTE 5: Data presented is drawn from the most recent school year available. NOTE 6: All $-amounts are shown in US dollars. Canadian $-amounts were converted to US dollars using exchange rate at the time the data were collected ($1 Canadian = $0.70 US).