OCAD University

  • 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON, M5T 1W1view map
  • (416) 977-6000
  • (416) 977-6006
  • www.ocad.ca

Fact Sheet

  • 1876
  • University
  • Specialized
  • English

What the Students Say

Five Things:

  1. Diverse, multicultural, "infectious" sense of creativity
  2. Studio-based programs; small, intimate classes
  3. Most instructors are professional artists and designers
  4. In heart of downtown; active player in Toronto arts scene
  5. Some growing pains as it moves from college to university

Courses With Kudos

Fine Arts (drawing, painting), Design (industrial, graphic), New Media, Advertising

Student Sound Offs

"It is a combination of academics and concept driven, hands-on art and design. Both intellectually stimulating and extremely rewarding creatively."

"Since we're taught by faculty who are artists themselves, they know the particularity of the struggle to make art, as well as what we're up against in choosing it as a lifestyle. What they have to teach us truly prepares us for this - good and bad."

"It feels like an open forum. We're given walls to draw on and express anything we desire, opinions fly around, discussion happens in the very hallway between studios - the sense of freedom and lack of restriction makes the school in general feel very intellectual without being pretentious."

"Everyone is an artist. Everyone is unique ... We all love art, and we all have opinions. We're not afraid to be different, and express ourselves."

"Now that it is becoming a university our studio time is decreasing every year in order to accommodate the mandatory liberal studies. This leaves us with ... less studio time overall."

"The school spirit some what lacks, there are nearly no clubs, sports groups, residences or events. Not all of us are the stereotypical 'art students' and I feel that the school has pigeon holed us this way somewhat."

"Our school is so small it's like a high school, we don't have a medical service or a gym... Our library is very small, very often our prof tells us, 'Go to the library of UofT or Ryerson or York, they have more references.' "

"It's right downtown so you're not stuck at some depressing campus, like York. There are lots of things to see and do either after class or in between classes."

"Always art shows in the hall spaces, very inspiring and helps us see what other departments and programs are doing."

"Students tend to dress up out of the ordinary -- bright pink shoes, yellow socks, torn stockings, real handcuffs as a belt, multi-coloured hair..."


Student survey results and additional indicators

For: OCAD University
Institution size classification: Very Small   (see the methodology)

    Notes
  1. Latest survey update: October 2011
  2. Other data sources: latest available data shown
  3. All letter grade results are student satisfaction data

Legend

Canadian University Report - Student Survey
 

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Overall Student Satisfaction

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Satisfaction N/A A-

Quality of Teaching

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Overall Quality of Teaching and Learning N/A A
Out-of-Class Communication Between Students and Instructors N/A A
Academic Reputation of Faculty Members N/A A-

Academic Resources

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Ease of Course Registration Process N/A B+
Number of Courses to Choose From N/A B

Campus Atmosphere

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Sense of Community on Campus N/A A-
Sense of Community Within Your Faculty N/A A-
Sense of Personal Safety and Security N/A A+

Class Size

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Class Size N/A A+
Average # of Students in First Year Class N/A 55
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 29%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 63%
Percentage of First Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 8%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with < 30 Students N/A 56%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 30-100 students N/A 41%
Percentage of Fourth Year Classes taken with 100+ Students N/A 2%

Technology

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Speed of On-Campus Internet Connection N/A B-
Availability of Computers On-Campus N/A A-
Access to Course / Teaching Materials On-Line N/A A-
Labs and Research Equipment N/A B+

Physical Infrastructure

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Classrooms and Lecture Halls N/A B+
Student Residences N/A B
General Attractiveness of Buildings N/A A-
Physical Fitness, Sports and Recreational Facilities N/A B+

Libraries

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Availability of Books / Articles / Periodicals N/A A-
Study Spaces in the Library N/A A-
Library Hours of Operation N/A A-

Employment

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Relevance and Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills Needed for Future Career N/A B+
Reputation of the University Among Employers N/A B+
Co-op / Internship Opportunities N/A B
Career and Employment Services N/A B+

Off Campus

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
The City or Town in Which the Institution is Located N/A B+
Quality of Public Transportation N/A C
Variety and Quality of Cultural and Sports Activities and Events N/A B+
Affordability and Quality of Places to Hang Out Like Restaurants, Bars, clubs or Coffee Shops N/A B
Availability and Affordability of Off-Campus Housing N/A B-

Athletics

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Recreational and Athletic Programs and Services N/A B+
Percentage of Students Using Campus Recreation and Athletic Programs and Services N/A 70%

Student Services

Results for: All fields of study Results Average
Academic Support Services (e.g. Writing Clinics, Learning and Study Skill Workshops) N/A A-
Academic Counselling and Advising Services N/A B+
Campus Bookstore N/A B
Services for International Students N/A B+