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Ontario College of Art & Design

The Sharp Centre for Design and other OCAD facilities as seen from McCaul Street
Established 1876
Type Public university
President Sara Diamond
Staff 156 full-time; 229 part-time
Location Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Campus Urban
Students 2767 Full Time, 700 Part Time
Colours silver     
Affiliations AUCC, IAU, COU
Website ocad.ca

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.[1] 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.[2] Courses are offered through the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, Faculty of Liberal Studies and alternative programs.

OCAD's current president is Sara Diamond, a practising artist and designer who has served as the Artistic Director of Media and Visual Art and as the Director of Research at the Banff Centre.[3]




Name Changes

Inside a class in 1931.

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. [4]

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.[5]

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."[6] Any name changes to OCAD must be approved by the Ontario Government and be granted Royal Assent.


In 1969-70, Roy Ascott radically challenged the pedagogy and curriculum structure of the College.[7]

Sharp Centre for Design

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.[8] 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[9]. 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.

Undergraduate programs

Faculty of Art

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. [10]

Faculty of Design

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. [11]

Notable faculty members

Faculty and staff of OCAD have included

Notable alumni

External links

See also


Coordinates: 43°39′11″N 79°23′28.3″W / 43.65306°N 79.391194°W / 43.65306; -79.391194


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