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OCAD UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, ONTARIO

Toronto, OntarioLOCATION
UniversitySCHOOL TYPE
Estd 1876Established Year

OCAD University Ranking, Programs, Admission Process & Living Cost

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OCADU is the largest Canadian art, design, and media university. Established in 1876, OCAD University is the third largest professional Art and Design in North America. The University offers undergraduate and graduate programs in art, design and media studies.

Why choose OCAD University?

  • QS World University Ranking: 151-200. [Art and Design]
  • The Princeton Review Admissions Selectivity Ratings: 61/99.

Why OCAD University stands out?

  • OCAD University is the 3rd largest Art and Universities in North America.
  • The university has a research funding of CAD 3.9 million.
  • OCAD University has 18 research labs including digital media research + innovation institute
  • OCAD University has the only foundry in Toronto’s downtown core.7
  • The university has an international student population of 10%
  • The student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1
  • OCAD University has an employment rate of 82%.

Statistical Highlights

Type of UniversityPublic
Number of Students4601
Number of Graduate students255
Number of undergraduate students4,346
Number of International Students450
Full-time Faculty Members250+
LanguageEnglish
Test scores acceptedTOEFL, IELTS, CAEL, PTE, COPE
Websitehttps://www.ocadu.ca

Programs offered at OCAD University

OCAD offers 17 undergraduate and 7 graduate programs in art, design and media. The 17 UG programs are divided into 3 faculties which are as follows:

Faculty of Art:

  • Cross-Disciplinary Art: Publications
  • Cross-Disciplinary Art: Life Studies
  • Digital Painting & Expanded Animation
  • Drawing & Painting
  • Integrated Media
  • Criticism & Curatorial Practice
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture/Installation

Faculty of Design:

  • Advertising
  • Environmental Design
  • Environmental Design: Interior Design Specialization
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Material Art & Design

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies:

  • Indigenous Visual Culture
  • Visual & Critical Design

The 7 programs of Graduate studies are as follows:

  • Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories    
  • Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Design for Health      
  • Digital Futures
  • Inclusive Design        
  • Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media, and Design
  • Strategic Foresight & Innovation      

Campus and Housing at OCAD University

  • Toronto Campus: OCAD U is located in downtown Toronto neighboring the Art Gallery of Ontario. The campus is well-connected to various parts of the city by public transport and is easily accessible for pedestrians. Classes are small and there is good quality technical support in all OCADU shops and studios.
  • Florence Campus: OCAD U Florence Off-Campus Studies is open to a limited number of students of all departments who have completed at least two years of study. Florence Off-Campus Studies offers different levels of learning: 300 level, 400 level and an Advanced Visual Studies Certificate for graduate students.

Student Housing

OCAD University has no on-campus housing available for students. However, students can easily find accommodation in the area near the campus. Students can find affordable housing at the following:

  • Places4Students.com
  • Housing Info Fair at OCAD U
  • Parkside Student Residence
  • U of T HOUSING SERVICES

OCAD University Application Process

Prerequisites

Prospective students need to start with the following before applying for the University-

  • Statement of Intent (required for all programs)
  • Portfolio (required for all studio BFA, BDes programs) or
  • Writing sample (required for the BA in Visual and Critical Studies)
  • Official transcripts
  • English Language Proficiency Test results

General Eligibility Criteria

  • For Undergraduate program: Applicant must have completed 12 years of secondary education to be eligible.
  • For Graduate program: Candidate should have completed 16 years of post-secondary education to be eligible.

English Language Requirement

An international candidate must prove his/her proficiency in English through English Language Tests accepted by OCAD University.

Following tests and scores are accepted by the University as a measure of English Proficiency: -

Test NameMinimum Scores Required
TOEFL84 - iBT with no subtest score below 19
580 - PBT
IELTS6.5, with no band below 5.5
CAEL70 with no subtest score below 60
PTE58 with no subtest score below 56

What to do next?

  • Interested students must select the program and check its requirements on the official website.
  • Student, domestic or international, have to apply on ouac.on.ca.
  • Applications are to be submitted on SlideRoom.
  • Application fee: CAD 125  + a SlideRoom submission fee (CAD 10 to CAD 18). 

Expenses to be incurred at Acadia University       

Given below are the outlines of expenses a student may bear while studying at the Acadia University-

Tuition Fee

OCAD University charges tuition fee depending upon the credit load. Same is given in the table below:

Tuition Fee for UG program:

Credit Load0.250.50.751.01.52.02.5
Domestic Students Fees (in CAD)348.03696.061,043.431,392.122,088.182,784.243,480.30
International Students Fees (in CAD)1,128.782,257.563,386.344,515.126,772.68 9,030.2411,287.80

Tuition Fee for Graduate program:

Credit Load0.511.522.5
Master of Arts in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Domestic Students Fees (in CAD)1,350.062,700.124,050.185,400.246,750.30
International Students Fees (in CAD)2,395.064,790.127,185.189,580.2411,975.30
Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Domestic Students Fees (in CAD)1,350.062,700.124,050.185,400.246,750.30
International Students Fees (in CAD) 2,395.064,790.127,185.189,580.2411,975.30
Master of Design (MDes) in Design for Health
Domestic Students Fees (in CAD)1,407.062,814.124,221.185,628.247,035.30
International Students Fees (in CAD)3,446.066,892.1210,338.1813,784.2417,230.30
Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Domestic Students Fees (in CAD)1,350.062,700.124,050.185,400.246,750.30
International Students Fees (in CAD)2,395.064,790.127,185.189,580.2411,975.30
ProgramDomestic Students Fees (in CAD)International Students Fees (in CAD)
Master's in Digital Futures6,236.809,267.80
Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design1,899.904,630.90
Master of Design in Inclusive Design4,932.806,691.80

Financial Aid provided by OCAD University

OCAD University is dedicated to providing financial assistance to its students. Students are provided funding through the following options:

Scholarships

OCAD offers the following scholarships to its new and continuing students:

ScholarshipAmount (in CAD)
Entrance Scholarships500 per term
President's Scholarships3,750 per term
Dean's Scholarships2,000 per term
OCAD U Graduate Scholarship1,000 per term
Age-Well & OCAD U Graduate Scholarship15,000
Blue Ant Media Scholarship In Digital Futures3,125 per term
CIBC Inclusive Design Entrance Scholarship6,250 per year
Delaney Entrance Graduate Scholarship6,250 per year

Bursaries

Bursaries are small amounts of money provided to supplement other sources of funding. OCAD offers bursaries of varying amounts to help students afford tuition, books and other mandatory fees.

Work while you study

OCAD University has an Institutional Work Study Plan. Students can find on and off campus employment through this program. Students can earn up to CAD 16 per hour in these jobs.

Students are required to meet certain requirements to be eligible for the program. They must apply through the university’s dedicated employment portal called Talent Network.

OCAD University Alumni Network

OCAD University has wide alumni network across the globe. It has produced some prominent names in the creative industry. The university offers benefits like home, medical, travel insurance, and career advising. The alumni have direct access to Magnet which the official job seeking portal of OCAD University.

The OCAD University has many prominent faculty and alumni members, reflecting the high quality of academic standards at OCAD.

  • Peggy Adam – French comic book artist, illustrator
  • Myfanwy Ashmore – conceptual artist[64]
  • Barbara Astman RCA – artist, photographer
  • Yank Azman – actor
  • Rebecca Belmore – artist
  • David Blackwood – Canadian artist
  • Shary Boyle – Canadian artist who works with sculpture, painting, drawing, and performance
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$ 16,3811st YEAR
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20 MONTHS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

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May 31

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
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May 31

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May 31

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 16,3811st YEAR
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20 MONTHS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 15,1751st YEAR
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May 31

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

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May 31

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 20,6311st YEAR
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May 31

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 15,1751st YEAR
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May 31

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 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 16,3811st YEAR
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20 MONTHS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58


2 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 15,1751st YEAR
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2 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58


4 YEARS

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May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
FEES

4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
FEES

4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
FEES

4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
FEES

4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
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4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

2 YEARS

Course Duration

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
$ 15,1751st YEAR
FEES

2 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58


2 YEARS

Course Duration

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

$ 20,6311st YEAR
FEES

4 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58


2 YEARS

Course Duration

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58

2 YEARS

Course Duration

May 31

Application Deadline

 EXAM SCORES     IELTS  6.5  |  TOEFL  84  |  PTE  58
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OCAD University Overview

Institution TypePublic
Student Population
DLI NumberO19332928222
Application Cost$100
Accreditation AUCC
Average Cost of Attendance$20,631 / Year

Test Scores for International Applicants

ExamsAvg. ScoreMin. ScoreMax. Score% Submitted
Language Proficiency
IELTSCheck Detailed Score-6.5- -
Reading-6--
Writing-6--
Listening-6--
Speaking-6--
PTE-58- -
TOEFLCheck Detailed Score-84- -
Reading-20--
Listening-19--
Speaking-22--
Writing-20--

Attendance Cost

$20,631

Attendance Cost

The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

Tuition Fees
Undergraduate Programs$20,631 / Year
Post Graduate Program$15,175 / Year

Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

Institutional Accreditations
Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
Program Wise Accreditations
Interior Design ProgramsCouncil for Interior Design Accreditation
RANKING
  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018

  • QS World University logo

    QS World University

    RANKED  #101 - #150

    Design (International)

    College rating

    based on 1 student ratings

    6.2/10

    9/10academic
    2/10infrastructure
    10/10placements
    8/10faculty
    7/10extracurricular
    1/10accommodation

    Reviews

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    Shannon hyatt, CANADA Bachelor of arts [b.a] advertising
    OCAD University
    Current student , Batch : 2023
    6.2
    STUDENT SATISFACTION RATINGS

    SHANNON'S REVIEW

    I found out about this college because when I was researching the different digital art programs I wanted to go to this program that really stood out. OCAD is a school dedicated to teaching future artists and creators. I also applied to Ryerson but to get into OCAD I needed a portfolio (Ryerson didn’t need one even though it was an art program) and I liked that everyone in the program would have been at a similar or higher level than me because they had been screened with a portfolio. After I got my conditional acceptance they told me I needed only a 70% average in my grade 12 years to be able to go to their school and I got an 84%.


    Course Curriculum - 

    I enjoy all my courses at the moment and I think they’re very good at OCAD at teaching you something and then giving you time in class to try it out and ask questions and learn more about the concept hands-on.

    9 /10
    academic
    8 /10
    faculty
    2 /10
    infrastructure
    1 /10
    accomodation/food
    10 /10
    placement
    7 /10
    extracurricular
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