BACK TO SCHOOL: Party & Programming Launch

Xpace event poster
Friday, September 7, 2018 - 7:00pm to 11:00pm

Join Xpace Cultural Centre for our annual back-to-school party, featuring a musical performance by Myst Milano, DJ yummy baby, art by Allana Mae Cooper, Natalie King, and many more - plus snacks and drinks!

TTC from OCAD U: Take the 505 Dundas West streetcar west to Lansdowne Avenue.

Xpace is a membership-driven artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists and designers with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting.

Venue & Address: 
Xpace Cultural Centre, 2-303 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto
416 849 2864
xpace event poster

O-DAYS! WORKSHOP: Academic Essentials for First-year

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

As part of O-DAYS! 2018, this free workshop offers hands-on exercises that will give you the opportunity to build essential tools for success in both your liberal studies and studio courses. We will look at critical reading, taking lecture notes and introduction to critique.

Facilitated by OCAD U Writing & Learning Centre.




Venue & Address: 
Central Hall (Room 230), Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
O-DAYS! 2018 workshop info session

face2face: postcard exhibition 2018

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 9:00am to Friday, September 14, 2018 - 4:00pm

The annual face2face: postcard exhibition, as part of O-DAYS! (OCAD University orientation) is a new student's opportunity to participate in their first on-campus undergraduate exhibition and to introduce themself to the OCAD U community.

Students create a self-portrait postcard to show us who they are. It could be a literal likeness or a metaphorical representation!

Whether it be drawing, painting, collage or photography, traditional or digital, students are encouraged to have fun and play around with the idea of self-image and how they would like to be seen.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Ada Slaight Gallery Level 2, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
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O-DAYS! 2018

Monday, August 27, 2018 - 12:00pm to Friday, September 7, 2018 - 11:45pm

A number of department- and group-specific O-DAYS! 2018 (OCAD University orientation) activities are planned the week of August 27, 2018, culminating in the Campus Life and OCAD University Student Union (OCADSU) collaborative BIG-Day! on Tuesday, September 4, when nearly 1,000 new and first-year #OCADU2022 undergrads will descend upon campus to kick off the 2017/2018 academic year!

Additional welcome activities are being planned September 5 to 7.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Toronto ON
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
O-DAYS! 2018

Grad Studies welcomes new & returning Graduate Students!

Graduate Studies Orientation 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017 - 4:45pm

We are delighted to welcome the new and returning Graduate Students to OCAD University! On Tuesday, September 5th, new and returning students had the opportunity to learn more about the departments & services at OCAD U. The President, Dean, Graduate Program Directors, Faculty and Staff were able to introduce themselves and share important information from the Graduate Studies Office. Members across the OCAD U Community gave presentations about their respective departments and areas of service. Following the morning orientation, graduate program faculty and staff had an informal meet, greet and eat with new and returning students and exchanged research and practice interests, thesis projects, and faculty research. The day culminated in a welcome reception at the Open Gallery and featured appetizers, cash bar and live DJ. It was a huge success!

On behalf of the faculty and staff of the graduate school, we look forward to working with you as you advance your academic careers, deepen your practices and extend your research interests. Be sure to join us on September 21st for the first installment of Common Room; the monthly casual, comfortable & collegial social gathering for the graduate community, students and faculty, at OCAD University!

This month we invite you to join us for the opening of the Florence Summer Residency group exhibition. More details forthcoming.

Common Room September: Florence Summer Residency Exhibition

  • Thursday, September 21, 2017
  • Graduate Gallery, Ground Level, 205 Richmond Street West, (Level G)
  • Cash Bar & Light Refreshments


The Office of Graduate Studies

OCAD University

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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





OCAD’s Welcome Back Corn Roast

Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 8:00pm to Friday, September 12, 2008 - 12:00am

September is finally here, and a great big welcome goes out to all of OCAD’s new and returning students, faculty and staff.

Come and enjoy a good ole fashioned corn roast with locally grown corn with all the topping from The Corn Cowboys, assorted cold salads, fresh watermelon and an iced cold beverage.

Music provided by DJ Aural (Grapefruit)

Event Partners:

Office of the President, Office of the Vice-President Academic, OCADFA, OPSEU Local 576, Marketing & Communications Department and Campus Life & Career Services

Also, beforehand in the Great Hall (room 270), remember to check out the OCADSU Community Flea Market which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Butterfield Park 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Free, All Ages

O-DAYS! International Welcome

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A Welcome Reception for International Students

New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

Refreshments will be served. Watch your email for details.

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please make a notation in the appropriate field in the online RSVP form and submit it prior to August 22, 2014 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Lunch and snacks will be provided at O-DAYS!
It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, no later than August 22, 2014.

Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the university for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to get in touch with OCAD U’s Campus Life office.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario