Meet the Digital Futures

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:30pm

Please join the Digital Futures Undergraduate Program for the Second Annual Meet the Digital Futures event!

Meet the Digital Futures is an opportunity for students and faculty from the Digital Futures program and the greater OCAD community to engage with the thesis projects created by this year’s graduating undergraduate cohort. This informal exhibition includes the launch of the websites created by each of the students and the works created as part of their thesis.

This event is co-hosted by the Digital Futures Undergraduate Program and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, 115 McCaul St., 3rd Floor.
"Meet the Digital Futures" written to look like neon lights

Become a Peer Mentor!

Are you an OCAD U undergrad going into second-, third, fourth- or upper-year in September 2018?

Final withdrawal period for undergraduate & 12 week graduate courses for no refund.

Final withdrawal period for winter term undergraduate and 12 week graduate courses that began the week of January 5 for no refund. Withdraw before 11:59 p.m.

Student Mobility/Exchange Program Information Sessions

Information Sessions for undergraduate students interested in studying abroad.


Monday, February 29, 2016 - 5:00am to Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 5:00am




A Labyrinth of Writing: Finding Your Story in Another Story

Exhibition will run March 31 –  April 7

All first year students at OCAD U are invited to participate in an exhibit that will explore the role of writing in the creative process of art and design. This is an opportunity to showcase how you’ve used the writing process in your art and design projects, and to work with other students to turn your writing into new works of art and design that bring together multiple voices and stories.

Writing is both an individual and collective practice. We often write to explore ideas, figure out what we want to say, and develop our own voice and identity as authors. But our writing always also occurs in dialogue with other people’s ideas and words. How have you used writing in your art and design work this year? What new works of art, design, and storytelling can you create by bringing together other students’ submissions? What happens to your own work when it travels into, and is taken up within, other students’ project and stories?

Here’s how you can participate:

1. Send us your writing from a first-year class. We’ll accept all forms of writing (sketchbook pages, journal entries, Canvas discussions, reading responses, or essays). Your submission page can include images too, if it also contains writing. It doesn’t matter if the work isn’t perfect. We want to showcase all the ways you’ve used writing in your creative practice.

  • Submit a PDF or Digital Image (jpeg format less than 5 mb)
  • Include your name, student number, title of the work, course code and title, and instructor

2. Work with a team of other first year students and OCAD U faculty to curate the exhibit.  We’ll meet weekly in March to create new art and design projects with the submissions and to curate the exhibition. Please join us on March 10 from 1 pm to 3 pm (Room 512 113 McCaul St.) to find out more about how to get involved!

To submit your work, contact (please put “WAC Student Exhibit” in the subject line of your email)

For more information, visit:

Hosted by the Writing Across the Cirriculum Initiative



Venue & Address: 
Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative

Be a Peer Mentor: 2016/2017

Group of students
Tuesday, November 17, 2015 - 6:45pm

Are you a current OCAD University undergraduate student who will be continuing your studies at OCAD U in 2016/2017 as a second-, third-, fourth- or upper-year student? Are you interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, assisting first-year undergrad students with their transition to OCAD U next year? Recruitment has begun! Be a Peer Mentor! Find out more and sign up today!

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 1, 51 McCaul Street
416 977 6000 Ext. 275

OCAD University offers new undergraduate major in Aboriginal Visual Culture

Thursday, October 11, 2012 - 4:00am

First of its kind in Canada, the Aboriginal Visual Culture Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Fine Arts will begin enrolment in September 2013

(Toronto—October 11, 2012) Students considering a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree have a new option available to them through OCAD University in Toronto. With enrolment starting in fall 2013, the institution now offers an interdisciplinary degree in Aboriginal Visual Culture that combines contemporary Aboriginal aesthetic and social studies with a comprehensive studio-based art education.

"Our new degree program is a major milestone among a series of initiatives we have developed over the last several years that address Indigenous culture and context at OCAD U," said Bonnie Devine, Founding Chair of OCAD U's Aboriginal Visual Culture Program. "Our work has involved creating an Aboriginal student centre and support services, as well as building our curriculum, including a minor."

Combining practice-specific and interdisciplinary studio courses in the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Design with concentrations from the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences in the visual, cultural, social and political history of Aboriginal peoples, the curriculum is designed to develop students' critical, creative and practical expertise in Aboriginal cultural and artistic practices.

"This program is the first of its kind in Canada, especially when considering Aboriginal culture within the spectrum of art and design education," said Kathryn Shailer, Dean of OCAD U's Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies. "It gives students with an interest in Aboriginal issues and practices a degree program that allows them to develop their skills and knowledge, and will graduate students who will be thoughtful contributors to these concerns.

Also new next fall will be an Augmented OCAD U First Year Program for Aboriginal Students, delivered at Laurentian University in Sudbury. "Our Aboriginal Education Council set a priority for us to develop a program where students from Ontario's north can attend a full first-year program at a location roughly midway between their home communities and OCAD U's main campus in Toronto," said Devine. "Our goal is to create an environment for success, and this program will help with the challenges students experience in transitioning to the south. We're very pleased to be working with Laurentian, an institution with a well-developed support system for Aboriginal students that is committed to their success."

The new BFA in Aboriginal Visual Culture will be celebrated with a Symposium and Pow Wow on Tuesday, October 16 at OCAD University. All are invited to these free events. The symposium runs from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and the Pow Wow takes place in the afternoon, from 1 to 5 p.m.

Prospective students can apply for the Aboriginal Visual Culture BFA program now through the Ontario Universities Application Centre for the 2013/14 academic year.


Augmented OCAD U First Year Program for Aboriginal Students at Laurentian University
In an effort to improve access to art and design education for students at home in north-central and northern Ontario, OCAD University has collaborated with Laurentian University to create a full first-year program that will be delivered on the Laurentian University campus in Sudbury.

Although the students recruited for and admitted to this transition program will be OCAD U students, Laurentian students will also have access to the studio and visual culture that OCAD U will deliver in Sudbury. OCAD U students will have access to Laurentian's two-semester transition course for Aboriginal students.

Overall, the Augmented First-Year Program will assist Aboriginal students in negotiating university-level studies and ease the transition from small northern Ontario communities to urban living, first in a midsize and then in a major urban centre.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 x327 (mobile x1327)