OCAD University

Ontario College of Art & Design University is a public university of art and design located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The main campus is adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario, within the Grange Park neighbourhood. The school is Canada’s largest and oldest educational institution for art and design. OCAD U offers courses through the Faculties of Art, Design, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and alternative programs. The enabling legislation is the Ontario College of Art and Design University Act, 2002 (previously the Ontario College of Art & Design Act).

OCAD offers a Bachelor of Arts (Visual and Critical Studies).

The school combines a studio-based education with liberal studies, which is recognised with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Design (BDes), an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art Media and Design (MA, MFA or MDes), a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA), a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes), an Executive Master of Design in Advertising (EMDes), a Master of Design in Inclusive Design (MDes), and an Interdisciplinary Master’s in Digital Futures (Graduate Diploma and MA, MDes, MFA).

Previously, the institution offered a four-year associate’s diploma (AOCA or AOCAD) but this was discontinued once the institution was given university status and degree-granting authority in 2002. An academic program is available to alumni to allow them to take additional courses to convert their diplomas to full BFA or BDes degrees.