|Ontario College of Art & Design|
The Sharp Centre for Design and other OCAD facilities as seen from McCaul Street
|Staff||156 full-time; 229 part-time|
|Location||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Students||2767 Full Time, 700 Part Time|
|Affiliations||AUCC, IAU, COU|
The Ontario College of Art & Design (commonly referred to by its acronym, OCAD; pronounced /oʊ.kæd/, oh-kad) is Canada's largest and oldest university for art and design. It is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on McCaul Street beside the Art Gallery of Ontario. The school combines an experiential, studio-based education with liberal studies, which is recognized 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's in Criticism and Curatorial Practices (MFA), a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, or an Executive Master's of Design in Advertising (EMDes). The school has a student body of approximately 3,500 and close to 400 full-time and part-time faculty members. Courses are offered through the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of Liberal Studies and alternative programs.
Founded in 1876 at the Toronto Normal School by the Ontario Society of Artists, the Ontario College of Art & Design was originally known as the Ontario School of Art. In 1931, the school adopted the name Ontario College of Art. The school changed to its present name in 1996. 
On August 2, 2007, it was announced that OCAD is considering changing its name to reflect its status as a degree granting university. The term College in OCAD's title often causes confusion amongst the general public and potential students.
On April 15, 2008, it was announced that the Board of Governors voted in favour of recommending that OCAD's name be changed from "Ontario College of Art & Design" to "OCAD University." Any name changes to OCAD must be approved by the Ontario Government and be granted Royal Assent.
In 2004 work was completed on a new expansion. The "Sharp Centre for Design", designed by architect Will Alsop, of Alsop Architects, in a joint venture with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects Inc. It consists of a box four storeys off the ground supported by a series of multi-coloured pillars at different angles and is often described as a tabletop. The $42.5 million expansion and redevelopment has received numerous awards, including the first-ever Royal Institute of British Architects Worldwide Award, the award of excellence in the "Building in Context" category at the Toronto Architecture and Urban Design Awards, and was deemed the most outstanding technical project overall in the 2005 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.
Students in the Faculty of Art may choose from several majors to enroll in, including: Criticism & Curatorial Practice, Drawing & Painting, Integrated Media, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture/Installation. 
A number of majors are offered in the Faculty of Design, where "Design and Humanity" is strongly emphasized: Advertising, Environmental Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Industrial Design, and Material Art & Design. 
Faculty and staff of OCAD have included