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Founded in 1876, OCAD U is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD U continuously builds 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, members of the OCAD U community are uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
Our programs and research bridge fields of digital media and design, sustainability, health and wellness, cultural diversity and indigenous cultures.
Our students engage in creative studio-based, aesthetic and technical learning, together with critical, theoretical, scientific and historical knowledge and methods.
Finally, our location inspires. OCAD U is situated at the heart of the nation's art, design, business and new media capital, on the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat — the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.
Why study at OCAD University
Canada ranked #1 study abroad country
Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.
Founded in 1876, OCAD University has grown to encompass studies in many forms of art, design and new media. We also offer rich courses in humanities, business practice and science that will equip you with insight and inspiration. Our learning environment is hands-on, studio-based and inter¬disciplinary, offering a wide array of production facilities for both traditional and digital creation, and personal attention through small classes. Join a community of creative students who are the artists, designers, and media makers of the future. You’ll be guided and inspired by the best talent from Canada’s cultural capital, whether those are your professors or your mentors from among our many business and cultural partnerships.
What is Campus Life?
OCAD University is a 100 per cent commuter campus. With lots of students travelling hours a day to get to school and home again, it can be challenging to meet new friends and get involved on campus. We get it. So, we're here to help!
Campus Life, within OCAD U's Student Success Programs, ensures that students have access to social, learning and development opportunities outside the classroom. Our programs encourage enhanced personal growth, connection, engagement, leadership, self-confidence, interpersonal and team-building skills.
Campus Life at OCAD U is what YOU, the student, makes it. So, look into our programming. Find out what's happening on campus, and get ready to meet other students and get involved. Activities help support community building, enhance your student life experience and the overall quality of campus life.
Student involvement on campus
We encourage you to get involved with the campus community. There are many different ways to do so:
- Join the Student Mentor Program as a student mentee or peer mentor.
- Join or start a student-run group.
- Keep active with your peers and play in our intramural sports.
- Attend or volunteer for orientation and welcome—O-DAYS!—in late August/early September.
- Participate in shaping our educational community with a seat on university committees.
Participate in paid, elected and volunteer positions with the OCAD U Student Union.
For more information on housing near OCAD U, please visit our website.
Scholarships & funding
Financial Aid & Awards at OCAD U advises students, provides referrals to the appropriate financial assistance programs and assists with securing the resources required to meet post-secondary education costs.
Student Access Guarantee
OCAD University is committed to Ontario's Student Access Guarantee, which states, "No qualified Ontario student should be prevented from attending our publicly assisted colleges and universities because of a lack of financial support programs. The Student Access Guarantee means students in need will have access to the resources they need for their tuition, books and mandatory fees."
Funding your Education
At OCAD U, education costs will be met by a variety of sources, provincial loans/grant programs, US Loan programs, bursaries, scholarships, awards and opportunities to work on campus. In addition to the online resource information, staff in the Financial Aid & Awards office can advise students with respect to their financial situation, provide referrals to the appropriate financial assistance programs, and assist them with securing the resources required to meet their post-secondary education costs.
Proof of Your Identity Requirements
If you would like to meet with a financial aid advisor about your OSAP/Out-of-Province student loan account, you must present your student ID and/or valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s licence or permanent residency card).
For OSAP related inquiries, such as retrieving your OAN, resetting OSAP account password, authorize the release of information to a third party, etc., you must present the following two types of identification
- Proof of your Social Insurance Number (SIN): This can include your SIN card, SIN document or a Canada Pension Plan Statement of Contributions.
- Government-issued photo identification(this can include any valid photo ID issued by the Government of Canada, such as a passport, Permanent Resident Card, or a Canadian provincial or territorial government, such as a driver's licence. Any photo identification must be valid (not expired) and legible.
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