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OCAD University is Canada’s "university of the imagination". Established in 1876 by the Ontario Society of Artists, the university was originally known as the Ontario School of Art, was the first school in Canada dedicated exclusively to the education of professional artists in fine and commercial art, and was incorporated as the Ontario College of Art in 1912. In 1996, it was renamed the Ontario College of Art & Design and in 2010, the name changed to OCAD University, reflecting the institution's university status. Today, OCAD University is the third largest of approximately 40 professional art and design universities in North America.

The OCAD U act, passed by the Government of Ontario in 2002, allowed OCAD University to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Design. University status has led to a number of significant institutional changes such as renewed undergraduate curriculum, graduate studies programs, a new professorial structure for faculty, and the introduction of research programs. 

The university's refreshed vision and mission will ensure that OCAD University fosters a community of students, faculty and alumni who make compelling advancements as cultural leaders, educators, innovators, creative thinkers and strategists in the field of emerging technology and in the art and design professions. This community will contribute significantly to local and global cultural initiatives and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

Special Characteristics
OCAD University is located in the heart of Toronto, Canada's largest centre for design, culture and business. As one of the world's most multicultural cities, Toronto is a vibrant nexus that brings a diversity of creative forces together. Our students are encouraged to take full advantage of the university's downtown location, which links to an extended campus of design studios, art galleries, artist-run centres and museums.

Leading Canadian and international artists, designers and scholars, OCAD University's professors represent Canada's largest art and design faculty. Diverse, dynamic, and provocative, the faculty is comprised of working professionals who love to teach, and academics who pursue research that extends the boundaries of what we know. The studio-based environment at the university allows students to receive individual attention and work with educators in smaller class settings. The 4,000+ member student population represents a wide variety of geographical, cultural and educational backgrounds, and creates a vibrant, energetic atmosphere.