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Ontario Academy of Art and Design (OCAD) is a University in downtown Toronto. Its main focus is visual arts and design. It is Canada's largest and oldest institution for art and design.



100 McCaul Street
(Queen and University) Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
(416) 977-6000


A former college, in 2008, OCAD became a university. An emphasis was placed onacademics over studio time and required full time instructors to hold an advanced degree.

=OCAD former names

  • Ontario School of Art, 1876–86
  • Toronto Art School, 1886–90
  • Central Ontario School of Art and Industrial Design, 1890–1912
  • Ontario College of Art (OCA), 1912–96
  • Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD), 1996–2010
  • Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U), 2010–present

Student Gallery

OCAD also runs a student gallery, located at 285 Dundas St. West, east of Dundas and McCaul. The exhibitions on display are specially curated and feature submitted works by students at the school.


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