How it works

All applications for admission are made online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC). The only entry point is in September each year. The recommended deadline to apply for all programs at OCAD University is February 1. Applications may be considered after this deadline if space is available. Offers of admission to OCAD U’s programs are based primarily on the strength of the applicant’s portfolio or writing sample. All offers are conditional upon meeting the minimum academic requirements and supplying all required documentation.

Admissions checklist

Admissions timeline

Application timeline of dates and deadlines

Important Dates and Deadlines

(Additional dates may be added, please check often)


September 16, 2021 – 105 application for International or Canadian Applicants Not Currently Attending an Ontario High School opens through the OUAC  

October 1, 2021 – 101 application for Current Ontario High School Students opens through the OUAC  

December 15, 2021 – Access to SlideRoom made available for all applicants  

January 13, 2022 – OUAC application for 101 applicants. OCAD U will continue to accept applications from 101 applicants until February 1, 2022  

February 1, 2022 – OUAC application deadline for all applicants for all programs. Some programs may continue to accept applications after this deadline if space is available. Information about late applications will be made available after this deadline.  

February 10, 2022 – Deadline to submit portfolio or supplemental items through SlideRoom. Late applicants will be given specific deadlines.  

March 1, 2022 – Deadline to submit interim/midterm transcripts for all applicants who are currently enrolled in school. Applicants who have completed their studies by this deadline should provide final official transcripts by this date.  

March 29, 2022 – OCAD U will begin to send out results of applications to applicants  

May 27, 2022 – Latest date an applicant (who applied by February 1, 2022) can expect to receive results of their application  

June 1, 2022 – Deadline to accept an offer of admission through the OUAC  

June 9, 2022 – Deadline to pay admissions confirmation deposit

July 14, 2022 – Recommended deadline to submit all final official transcripts and any other required documentation to satisfy any conditions of the offer of admission.  

August 15, 2022 – Final deadline to submit all final official transcripts and any other required documentation to satisfy any conditions of the offer of admission.    

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