Ottawa, OntarioLOCATION
Estd 1879Established Year

Ottawa School of Art, located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, is a major art institution in the region Ottawa School of Art is. Children as well as teens can attend the school and for their benefit, the courses are offered in both French and English.

Why choose Ottawa School of Art?

  • Ottawa School of Art is a member of –
    • The Council for the arts in Ottawa
    • The Ontario Arts Council
    • The Ontario Ministry of Culture & Communication
    • The Canada Council
    • The Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton.
  • Provides summer classes for children, teens and adults.
  • Provides hands-on training by practicing artists
  • Owns Ottawa School of Art Main Gallery and the Lee Matasi Gallery for exhibitions

What students say?

  • The staff and instructors are really helpful.
  • There are multiple different mediums one can learn about here.
  • There are two galleries that are free.
  • There is an art store open to the public.
  • The school host many exhibitions.


Type of InstitutionNon-profit
Number of Campus2
Faculty Members65

Campus and Residence

Ottawa School of Art has two campuses – Downtown Campus and Orleans Campus.

  • Downtown Campus – main campus at George Street, Ottawa
  • Orleans Campus – at Centrum Blvd, Orleans

Facilities provided at both the campuses

  • Free studios
  • Wireless internet access
  • Library
  • Access to the galleries
  • No on campus housing available

Program, Faculties and Divisions –

Two main programs are offered here –

  • Fine Arts Diploma Program  
  • Portfolio Certificate Program

Level of Study –

  • Diploma and
  • Certificate

Ottawa School of Art Application Process


  • Original Transcripts
  • Portfolio
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Letter of Reference

What to do next?

  • Fill the application form on the official website
  • Submit a project description.
  • Submit the required documents
  • Submit the application form and pay the application fee of CAD 50
  • A Skype interview may or may not be done by the school

Cost and Expenses –

Tuition fee for general students for different programs are as follows –

Application fee -$ 56.50
Individual Membership fee -$ 33.90
Tuition fee (per course)-$ 375
Per apprenticeship per term (for 3rd year only) -$ 400
Graduation Review fee -$ 100

Tuition fee for general students for different programs are as follows –

Application fee -$ 56.50
Individual Membership fee -$ 33.90
Tuition fee (per course) -$ 525 CDN
Tuition fee for full-time study -$ 5250 CDN
Books and materials -$ 2500 CDN
  • Rent for one-room apartment can range between $ 550 to $ 800 US per month
  • Average annual living expense in Canada is of CAD 16,000

Scholarship, Bursaries and Financial Aids –

Ottawa School of Arts provides scholarships, loans, bursaries, and awards to the deserving students to complete their studies –

Scholarships -

Fall scholarships

Ottawa Mixed Media Artists Scholarship$ 175
Lee Matasi Memorial Scholarship$ 1000
Lillian Raport Memorial Fund ScholarshipN/A
The Ted Marshall Memorial Scholarship$ 900
Shelia Durno Memorial Scholarship$ 200
Fritz allgoewer Memorial Scholarship$ 200
Robert Hyndman Drawing and Painting Scholarship$ 150
Totem Pole of Canada Scholarship$ 460
Lillian Evenchick Memorial Sculpture Scholarship$ 1282

Winter scholarships

Ottawa Mixed Media Artists Scholarship$ 175
Ottawa Art Association Fine Arts Scholarship$ 1000
ScribArt Painting Scholarship$ 1000
David and Nicole Henderson Scholarship$ 1000
Wallack’s Fine Art Scholarship$ 1000
Leonard Gerbrandt Printmaking Scholarship$ 250
Corrie Gibson Memorial Study Scholarship$ 500
Hollyhock Painting and Drawing Scholarship$ 500

Work while you study –   

  • International students can work off campus while studying at the college.
  • Students can work up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks
  • Students must have a study permit and be enrolled in a full time program

Alumni Network –

Ottawa School of Art provides following on campus and off campus benefits to their alumni:



  • Library Services
  • Access to the galleries

Off-campus Deals and Discounts

  • Choice Hotels, give discount to make travel more enjoyable
  • Perkopolis, provide discount on tickets, hotels, car rentals, and travel and home services
  • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, offer discount for combining home and auto policies

Following list shows the names of some of the notable alumni:

  • Peter Adamakos – is an animation and live action film producer.
  • Nadine Argo – specialises in the production of beautiful bronze sculpture.
  • Dhanashri Athavale Bapat – worked as a freelancer designer.
  • Helen Beauchamp- is a recognised & versatile integrated arts educator, art consultant, designer and an artist.
  • Mary Behrens – is an American artist.
  • Rosemary Breault-Landry – a professional artist and instructor and the president of the National Capital Network of Sculptures.
  • Dana Brezina – adept in classical drawings and a painter in oils.
  • Fabio Cattelan – is an art, design and technology instructor. He has acted as a director for seven stage production.
  • Dawn Dale – is a teacher who teaches drawing, mixed media and conceptual art practices.


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1 yearonlineEnglish
3 yearsonlineEnglish
Male : Female Ratio
Application Deadline
August 31, 2018
Start of Application process March 01, 2018
End of Application process August 31, 2018
Acceptance Rate
Total Applications
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