Students in our program also get experience in the studio making art themselves. We believe that people who work in all areas of the art and culture world benefit from this hands on experience.
In this program you’ll learn about professional practices in museums, galleries and many other creative institutions. You’ll benefit from studying with artists, curators, writers and designers. You’ll also learn how contemporary art and design productions and exhibitions reach the public.
At the End of this Program...
This exciting four-year program will earn you a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
- For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
- Statement of Intent
- Official transcripts
- See detailed academic requirements here
Jobs You Can Get
Graduates of this program have found careers in:
- Museums, art galleries and artist-run organizations
- Exhibition production
- Arts administration and advocacy
- Art consulting for private collections or auction houses
- Grad programs in art history, museum studies or cultural studies
- Working in arts publications and social media
Internships & Experiential learning
OCAD U offers so much more than co-ops because creative careers take many forms. Our career services help you build a professional community, valuable experience and skills you need for a meaningful career. Get access to:
- Short experiential learning placements from among hundreds of organizations
- Creative in-class projects with real-world industry partners
- Exclusive summer internships
- Gallery exhibitions of your work
- Freelance creative opportunities
- Jobs after graduation
What You'll Do in the Program
All art students, including those going into Criticism and Curatorial Practice, take the First Year Art program. You’ll have lots of choices to explore different kinds of classes and to establish a strong base for your future years. A few courses are mandatory, such as Global Visual Culture, Time-based Media, and Drawing Across the Disciplines, but the rest of your classes could include:
- Art & Code
- Body & Technology
- Curating: Nature & Culture
- Indigenous Sculpture
- Sculpture concepts
- Wearable Art
In second year, you’ll take Museums, Galleries and Alternative Spaces and studio courses based on your interest in art or design. You’ll take an Art or Design History course of your choice and:
- Art History and Visual Culture
- Contemporary Issues: Art Today
- An English course of your choice
In third year, you’ll take The Work of the Curator. This class gives you professional experience and an experiential learning course that could include the opportunity to study at the AGO or work in one of the OCAD U galleries. You’ll also take courses based on your studio interest in art or design. And, you’ll take:
- A Question of Beauty: Reframed
- Art Writing: Practice and Ideas
- Professional Practice
- History and Theory of Art Criticism
In fourth year, you will work on your thesis project and take the Proseminar (a course with graduate and undergraduate students) that puts you in direct contact with professionals in the field. You could curate your own show in one of the OCADU galleries. You’ll take breadth courses based on your interest in humanities and the social sciences. Finally, you’ll also showcase your work at GradEx - OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.
In all undergraduate programs you can choose to take a minor alongside your major to explore and expand your practice. Minors give you the opportunity to pursue a focused secondary field of study in addition to or sometimes instead of taking electives in your program and can help you look better for employers or in grants or grad school applications. You don’t need to choose a minor on your application – rather once you start at OCAD U, you’ll be able to choose from over 90 electives that can build towards one of our 25 focused minors. Learn more about Minor Programs here.