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Students admitted to OCAD University prior to September 2005 (Bachelor of Fine Arts degree or AOCAD diploma program) may complete their studies without a major.

Students pursuing a Fine Art degree are able to tailor a studio education with optimum flexibility. This flexibility is well-suited to students seeking to maximize the breadth of their studio experience. It is an option generally geared to students who already hold another degree or diploma.

At the 200 level, students choose and pursue one focus area (Drawing & Painting, Integrated Media, Photography, Printmaking or Sculpture/Installation) and are expected to accumulate a specified number of credits and build upon their expertise in that same focus area throughout the learning levels. In their final year of studies, students take advanced level studio courses in lieu of Thesis Research and Thesis Presentation courses.

Students should review prerequisites for 300- and 400-level studio courses in order to make informed decisions on course selection. Some courses have a priority registration period of two weeks for program majors.

Fine Art Program Guide

Students must fulfill all requirements listed in the major program guide the year they were admitted to OCAD U. For example, a student admitted to OCAD U in 2012 must follow the major program guide published in the Fall/Winter 2012/2013 Course Calendar.

However, if program requirements change, students must adhere to the new requirements for their next learning year level.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree students must complete the requirements listed below, including 5.0 liberal studies credits.

See the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences for an outline of the degree and diploma liberal studies requirements.

200 Level Requirements
200 Level Art credits in focus area (DRPT, INTM, PHOT, PRNT or SCIN) 1.5
200 Level Contemporary Issues: Art Today, one of:
CRCP 2B01, DRPT 2B13, INTM 2B22, PHOT 2B12, PRNT 2B25 or SCIN 2B09

200 Level Art electives 1.5

Liberal studies courses 0.5
Liberal studies courses 0.5
Liberal studies courses 0.5
Total Credits 5.0
300 Level Requirements

One of the following three studio/seminars:
CRCP 3B03 Talking Communities

DRPT 3B23 The Convincing Picture: Critical Views on Painting

INTM 3B11 Media & Social Change

300 Level Art in focus area 1.5
200 or 300 Level Art electives

Liberal studies course 0.5
Liberal studies course 0.5
Total Credits 5.0
400 Level Requirements
400 Level Art credits in focus area 1.5
400 Level Art electives 1.5
200, 300 or 400 Level Art electives

Liberal studies course 0.5
Liberal studies course 0.5
Total Credits 5.0

Eligibility to Graduate

Please note that students are eligible to graduate if they:
• Have fulfilled all program requirements.
• Are in good academic standing (if 2.0 or more credits taken since last academic performance review require minimum 60% average for those courses).
• Have an overall average of 60% of higher.
• Have an average of at least 65% in designated courses of their major/program (Design only).
• Have no outstanding accounts at the University.

Non-majors must choose ONE focus area and achieve the number of specified credits in that ONE focus area throughout the learning levels. Non-majors may not pursue a minor.

* An elective may be chosen from any of the following subject areas: ASOC, BUSI, CRCP, CROS, DIGF, DRPT, FABR, INTM, MAAD (maximum 1.5 credits for program), PHOT, PRNT, SCIN. Students wishing to take an elective in any other subject area must meet with their program Chair for approval. The proposed elective course should have relevance to the student’s studies.

**Liberal studies courses (ENGL, HUMN, SCTM, SOSC, VISA, VISC, VISD, VISM and some INVC) are listed under the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and designated course type LST in the course schedule.

Last Modified:6/20/2013 3:13:32 PM