You will learn the skills to create installations – works of art designed for public spaces. You will use the fabrication studios to explore hands-on and digital creation. The program includes studio courses that develop your imagination, critical and technical knowledge in areas such as:
- 3D technology
- Metal work
- Plastic and metal fabrication
You will also explore the creation and meaning of objects in courses such as contemporary practice and theory.
This combination of practice and theory will make you ready to develop your creative research and and exhibit your own projects. Your learning will include an openness to many diverse cultural perspectives.
At the End of this Program...
At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree.
Jobs You Can Get
Graduates of the program work in:
- Exhibition production, installation and the making of public art
- Art gallery administration
- Art education
- Working artists, sculptors and installation artists
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
Before you focus on Sculpture/Installation, your first year at OCAD University will be in our first year art program. You will have a ton of choice in taking different kind of classes to get a good base for future years. A few are mandatory, such as art history, colour and drawing, but the rest of your classes could include:
- Sculpture concepts
- Form and structure
- Site & Intervention (create works in a specific space)
- Wearable art
- Body and technology
- Art and code
In second year, you can choose courses based on your interest and study Sculpture/Installation topics such as:
- Body & object
- Site & time
- Contemporary issues
- Exploring 3D digital objects
Third year will feature your choices or art, visual and critical studies or social sciences courses. And, it will feature more advanced Sculpture/Installation courses, such as:
- Issues in the history of sculpture
- Installation art as it relates to the body and the object
- Professional practice
In your fourth year, you can choose courses based on your interest and will work on your final-year thesis, concentrating on the production of a body of finished work and a research paper. Every student will install and exhibit their work in a public gallery. 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.