Program Information

School: OCAD University
Faculty: Faculty of Art
Degree: Bachelor
Field of Study: Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Description: This cross-disciplinary area is the first undergraduate program in Canada designed to educate artists as curators and critics. The Criticism and Curatorial Practice program recognizes that people who work in all aspects of the cultural sector benefit from the direct experience of studio-based learning. You begin with an overview of contemporary art and art history and learn first-hand about museum and gallery systems. You take courses in art writing and contemporary theory along with your studio practice. Hands-on field placements or internships in a variety of cultural institutions expand upon your classroom experiences. You may work on exhibitions, publications and with community arts organizations. This environment offers students an exciting and fulfilling future at the centre of today’s visual culture. As a graduate, you are uniquely positioned to take an active role in the following fields: independent or museum-affiliated curator, arts writer, editor, critic, community arts advocate, gallery manager or owner, exhibition designer, museum staff, arts administrator, and arts educator.
URL: Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $22,899
Careers: Conservators

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 70

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  • Grade12 English

Although the primary criterion for admission to OCAD University’s studio based programs is a portfolio assessment, strong academic skills are essential for overall success. All offers of admission are conditional upon meeting the minimum academic requirements and supplying all required documentation.

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 84] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 680]

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Portfolio