Welcome Students!

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Hello new and returning students, we welcome you to a fresh term at OCAD University!

There’s been a lot of excitement in the air with O-Days activities and the start of classes. We hope you’re settling in and have everything you need to get started on a successful academic year.

This is year 141 for OCAD U, Canada’s first institution dedicated to the training of professional artists and designers. We’re the largest art, design and digital media university in Canada, combining rich and varied studio learning with contextual and historical knowledge and the sciences.

If you’re interested in learning about the university’s academic priorities and principles, please have a look at our new academic plan, OCAD University: A Transformative Student Experience.

You don’t have to look far to find OCAD U alumni: they are in every segment of the design and advertising industries, media companies and galleries across Toronto, and beyond. Many have become entrepreneurs, running their own businesses in fields as varied as medical services and music video production.  

Mark your calendars, next week Onsite Gallery, our brand new professional gallery, is hosting a staff, faculty and student preview on Wednesday September 13 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. It’s at our south campus at 199 Richmond St. W. Please join us then and say hello, or come by on Saturday September 16 for the free community street party.

OCAD University is about you – its students – and your experiences here. With an enrolment of 4,500, OCAD U gives you the benefit of to getting to know your instructors and peers in a comfortable and inclusive setting. Make the most of this opportunity and introduce yourself to the new faces you meet in your studios and classrooms.

Wishing you a joyous and creative 2017/18!


Dr. Sara Diamond 
President and Vice-Chancellor

Dr. Gillian Siddall
Vice-President Academic and Provost