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Basic Requirements for Admission
The primary criterion for admission to OCAD University's studio based programs is a portfolio assessment. All applicants will be scheduled for a portfolio assessment. A $40 fee, payable in advance to OCAD University, is required to cover the cost of the portfolio reviews.  

Admission to OCAD University's new non-studio degree program (BA Honours) will be based on a combination of academic requirements and supplemental application materials. 

All offers of admission are conditional upon meeting the minimum academic requirements. Ontario secondary school students must successfully complete an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including the following:

  • Six 4U/M courses with an overall final average of 70%
  • 4U English (ENG4U) with a minimum final grade of 70%

An applicant whose native language is not English and who has not completed four full years of study in an English school system is required to provide additional documentation of English proficiency. For more information please visit: www.ocadu.ca/prospective_students/admission_requirements/english_proficiency.htm.

Failed and Repeated Courses
If a course has been taken more than once, the highest reported successful grade will be considered.

Timing and Process for Admission Decisions
The only entry point for all programs is September. All applications must be received by February 1, 2014.

In order to facilitate making offers of admission in a timely fashion, the majority of the portfolio reviews will be held during OCAD University's Study Week, February 18 to 21, 2014.

OCAD University will begin making offers in April based on the results of the portfolio assessment, available acadmic records and supplemental application documents.

Additional Admission, Application and Program Information
Applicants may only apply to one program and are required to choose a non-studio degree program (Bachelor of Arts) or a studio-based degree program (Bachelor of Design or Bachelor of Fine Arts). While applicants are required to make this choice so that they can focus their studies in one area of interest, they will still have the opportunity to learn a broad range of concepts, skills and knowledge that are common to all programs.

Undergraduate Degrees and Areas of Major
OCAD University offers a Bachelor of Arts(Honours) in Visual and Critical Studies, a Bachelor of Design (BDes) and a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA). Areas of major in the BDes and the BFA include: Advertising; Criticism & Curatorial Practice; Cross-Disciplinary Art; Digital Futures; Drawing & Painting; Environmental Design; Graphic Design; Illustration; Indigenous Visual Culture; Industrial Design; Integrated Media; Material Art & Design (fibre, metalsmithing/jewellery); Photography; Printmaking; and Sculpture/Installation. Further information about our degrees, majors, specializations, minors, academic courses and graduate degrees can be found online: http://www.ocadu.ca/programs.htm.

For more detailed information about OCAD University's programs and the admissions process please visit: www.ocadu.ca/prospective_students.htm