Ottawa School Of Art - [OSA], Ottawa, Ontario

    Ottawa, OntarioLocation
    SchoolSchool type
    Estd 1879established year

    Ottawa School of Art: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    The Ottawa School of Art (OSA) started its journey back in 1879 and currently, is a major arts institution located in downtown Ottawa, Canada. The school is a renowned higher education institute of Canada that offers intensive specialized art courses in photography, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, life drawing, landscape painting, lithography, etching, watercolor, as well as a range of specialized short courses and workshops. 

    The school offers four levels- fundamental, introductory, intermediate, and advanced- of instruction to help adult students select courses based on their expertise and experience. Each level includes courses that cover a variety of media. It is also a member of the Ontario Ministry of Culture & Communications. Children as well as teens can attend the school and for their benefit, the courses are offered in both French and English which makes it a coveted choice for studying in Canada.

    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 hosts many exhibitions.


    Type Non-profit
    Campus Setting Urban
    No. of Campuses 2
    Cost of Attendance Average 16,000 CAD
    Total Enrolment (2018-2019) 2306

    Campus and accommodation

    • In 1983, the institute’s campus went to downtown Ottawa, in a heritage building at 35 George Street.
    • At present, the institution has two campuses-
      • Downtown Campus- main campus, 35 George Street, Ottawa
      • Orleans Campus- 245 Centrum Blvd. Orleans
    • The facilities that are provided in both the campuses include Free studios, Library, Wi-Fi and Gallery access

    Housing facilities/Residence

    • The institute does not provide on-campus housing facilities.
    • Incoming international students need to arrange their housing on their own.
    • However, the school provides limited assistance in arranging housing.
    • One-bedroom apartment in Ottawa costs around CAD 1,222- CAD 1,500 CAD


    • At present, the School provides a full range of specialized art courses in the Adult General Interest Category that includes ceramics, etching, life drawing, landscape, lithography, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and watercolour.
    • There is a wide variety of short courses and workshops, such as jewelry making, mixed media, chalk pastels etc. and a few special interest courses like Art therapy and Creativity for Everyone.
    • These short courses span anywhere over 1-4 days, a weekend or two, or in succession and involve 6 hours in the studio each day.
    • It also offers courses for Children aged between 4-10 years and Teens aged between 10-12 years. Their classes include multi-media, animation and cartooning, collage, drawing, pottery, printmaking, and sculpture and construction.
    • Most of the Children’s courses are organized around a theme. Students get the opportunity to visit the collection at the National Gallery of Canada. Classes go for two hours and tuition fee includes all required materials.
    • Besides the art courses, the school’s programs include a 3-year Diploma Program in Visual Arts and a one-year Portfolio Certificate Program.
    • There is also visiting artist-in-residence workshops, and a professional exhibitions gallery, which hosts solo and groups shows by local, national and international artists.

    Ottawa School of Art Application Process

    To start the application process, all prospective international students must familiarize themselves with the OSA requirements and policies. To make a formal application for admission they must include the following with their completed application form:

    Application Portal: Apply online at the official website

    Application Fee: CAD 50 CAD + Tax

    Supporting Documents:

    • Official transcripts
    • Portfolio (10-15 recent pieces of works)
    • Resume
    • Essay
    • A copy of an official photo ID
    • Two passport-sized photographs
    • Passport
    • English language proficiency score
    • Appointment for an interview

    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

    Ottawa School of Art Cost of Attendance

    The estimated cost of living in Canada depends on several factors like tuition, books, fees, housing, dining, and personal items which is compiled for the aid of the students as follows:

    Expenses Amount / Year (CAD)
    Membership Fee 30
    Tuition 5,250
    Books and materials 2,500
    Housing 14,675- 17,940 approx.
    Meal 458 approx.
    Art Supplies 1,250/per term
    • Average estimated cost of living in Canada is 16,000 CAD.
    • International students are not eligible for coverage by Ontario or Québec health insurance plans.

    Scholarships/Financial Aid

    The institute does not have any outside funding sources.Bursaries are not awarded. However, already enrolled candidates can apply for awards and scholarships in Canada for international students. Full-time students are also eligible for work-study.

    The school offers different scholarships for Fall and Winter session, some of which are as mentioned below.

    Fall Scholarships

    Scholarship Amount Eligibility
    Ottawa Mixed Media Artists Scholarship CAD 175 each (1 fall & 1 winter) All Fine Arts Diploma students
    Lee Matasi Memorial Scholarship CAD 1,000 All first year students
    Lillian Rapport Memorial Fund Scholarship CAD 900 each (2) All Fine Arts and Portfolio Development students
    The Ted Marshall Memorial Scholarship CAD 900 each (2) All General, Fine Arts and Portfolio Development students
    Robert Hyndman Drawing and Painting Scholarship CAD 150 All Fine Arts and Portfolio Development students

    Winter Scholarships

    Scholarship Amount Eligibility
    Ottawa Art Association Fine Arts Scholarship CAD 1,000 Second year full time students
    ScribArt Painting Scholarship CAD 1,000 Second and third year full time students in Fine Arts Diploma
    David and Nicole Henderson Scholarship CAD 1,000 All full time students
    Wallack’s Fine Art Scholarship CAD 1,000- CAD 5,000 towards tuition and CAD 500 voucher for materials All first-year Fine Arts Diploma and Portfolio Development students
    Leonard Gerbrandt Printmaking Scholarship CAD 500 All General, Fine Arts Diploma and Portfolio Development students

    Alumni Network

    • Ottawa School of Art offers many on campus and off campus benefits to their alumni.
    • On-campus benefits include library services, access to galleries, exhibition etc. Off-campus deals and discounts offer choice of hotels during travelling, car rentals, travel or home services, TD insurance etc.
    • A few notable alumni include-

    Peter Adamakos – an animation and live action film producer.

    Nadine Argo – specialist in creating bronze sculpture.

    Rosemary Breault-Landry – a professional artist and instructor; the president of the National Capital Network of Sculptures.


    The school’s students get opportunity for both national and international level workshops and exhibitions. Students can pursue MFA in other universities or get freelance jobs after completion of their diploma.

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    Ottawa School of Art Overview

    Insitution type
    Private (Not for Profit)
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    Average Cost of Attendance
    $3,937 / Year

    Admission & dates

    Fall Deadlines

    March 1

    Application deadline

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    attendance cost

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    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $3,937 / Year


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    College Rating

    Based on 1 Students Rating

    8.3 out of 10
    8.0/10Social Life


    8.3 /10

    I came to know about this college through my friends who were already studying there. My keen interest in arts compelled me to explore more about the college. Along with the Ottawa School of Art, I applied to another university also. I got selected in Ottawa and had to pay $50 as an application fee.

    Course Curriculum :

    The curriculum helped me to study visual arts along with emphasis on practical studio experience. We were given practical knowledge through studio learning only. I also learned to develop mind's relationship to hand and eye. Learning in depth helped me gain a better knowledge of modern art and related techniques.

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    8 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    35 George St Ottawa, ON K1N 1K2

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    • Book Store
    • Bus Station
    • Train Station
    • Shopping Mall
    • Airport

    Book Store

    Librairie du soleil0.02 km
    All Books0.72 km
    Boutique Campus Store0.86 km
    Venus Envy1.18 km
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    Train Station

    Rideau0.13 km
    Parliament/Parlement0.85 km
    uOttawa1.06 km
    Lyon1.32 km
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    LeighFisher Canada Inc.0.86 km
    Allante Airport Transportation Services2.50 km
    Hospital Helipad4.49 km
    Hull (Expressair) Heliport5.38 km
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    Bus Station

    Rideau A0.06 km
    Rideau/sussex0.08 km
    Rideau B0.15 km
    Dalhousie / Rideau0.15 km
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    Shopping Mall

    CF Rideau Centre0.17 km
    C.D. Howe Building1.02 km
    240 Sparks1.04 km
    Place du Centre1.62 km
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    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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