If you want to be surrounded by inspiring architecture and creativity, OCAD University, formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design, is the place. It's a public university, and you can't get much closer to the art community in Toronto as OCAD is located within the Grange Park neighbourhood and adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario. Canada's largest and oldest educational institution for art and design, OCAD offers courses through the Faculties of Art, Design, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and alternative programs.
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If you want the time to create and do your work, look no further. OCAD combines a studio-based education with liberal studies, which is recognised with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), a Bachelor of Design (BDes) for undergraduates. If you are looking for a more in-depth program and a masters, you can join one of six graduate programs that include: an Interdisciplinary Master's in Art Media and Design (MA, MFA or MDes), a Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA), a Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes), an Executive Master of Design in Advertising (EMDes), a Master of Design in Inclusive Design (MDes), and a Graduate Program in Digital Futures (Graduate Diploma and MA, MDes, MFA).
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There are nine galleries at OCAD that exhibit art, design and digital media work by students and internationally renowned professional artists, designers and researchers. The exhibitions provoke critical cultural conversations and champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and integration of emerging technologies.
Barbara Astman, class of 1950, belongs to a visionary group of artists who have continued to radicalize visual culture since the early 1970s by defining new ways of seeing. Over four decades, she has explored a wide range of photo-based media and produced work, which has received national and international recognition. She is represented in public, corporate and private collections including the National Gallery of Canada, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Her artist’s archives are held in the E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives.
Born in Upsala, Ontario, Rebecca Belmore, class of 1988, is an artist currently living in Vancouver, British Columbia. She is internationally recognized for her performance and installation art. Since 1987, her multi-disciplinary work has addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance. Belmore was Canada's official representative at the 2005 Venice Biennale.. Belmore is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the 2009 Hnatyshyn Award.
Shary Boyle’s, class of 1994, practice impressively integrates multiple elements: the personal and the political; the emotional and the intellectual; the expansive and the focused; and the abject and the mainstream. Early works include drawings and hand-bound books based on ideas of childhood, power, gender and sexuality, while later works focus on the technically challenging genre of porcelain sculpture.