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History
OCAD University is Canada’s largest university of art and design and was the first school of its kind in Canada to be dedicated exclusively to the education of professional artists in fine and commercial art. Established in 1876 by the Ontario Society of Artists, the University was originally known as the Ontario School of Art. In 1912, it was incorporated as the Ontario College of Art. In 1996, it was renamed the Ontario College of Art & Design. In 2010 the act to change the name to OCAD university was introduced and officially passed. Today, OCAD University is the third largest of approximately 40 professional art and design universities in North America.

OCAD University received official status to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Design in 2002. Its university status has led to a number of significant changes such as a renewed curriculum, a new professorial structure for faculty, a research mandate, a new system of governance, and the introduction of minors and graduate programs.

OCAD University (http://www.ocad.ca/) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” The University 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.

Special Characteristics
Located in the heart of Toronto’s thriving cultural community, OCAD's campus provides unsurpassed resources for artistic inspiration and appreciation. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the exhibitions and collections housed within easy access of the campus.

OCAD’s faculty is composed of active professionals who have achieved both national and international reputations. The studio-based environment at the university allows students to work with these artists and designers in small classes and to receive individual attention. The 3,500+ member student population represents a wide variety of geographical, cultural and educational backgrounds, and creates a vibrant, energetic atmosphere.