Program Information

School: OCAD University
Faculty: Liberal Arts & Sciences
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Description: Beginning in the 2014/2015 academic year, students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Visual and Critical Studies with an Art History specialization in the creative and dynamic environment of Canada’s premier art and design university. The unique features of this new BA program include: an emphasis on the expanded field of modern and contemporary art history, which includes design, photography, architecture, performance and new media as well as painting and sculpture; integration of select studio courses into the core program of study, which provides students with the opportunity to pursue studio minors; a range of innovative interdisciplinary minors to choose from, such as Indigenous Visual Culture and Digital Futures, as well as minors in English, Creative Writing and Social Science; access to international study opportunities, including OCAD U’s flagship Florence Program; and a fourth-year honours seminar, which provides students with the opportunity to produce a major research paper. Core faculty members in the BA in Visual and Critical Studies are internationally recognized scholars in the fields of art, design and new media art histories, and are professionally active in the fields of curating and publishing. The range of their scholarly expertise in Asian, Latin American, African, Islamic, Indigenous, Canadian, Medieval, Renaissance and modern European visual culture ensures that the study of art history at OCAD U is genuinely global in scope.

The exceptional educational experience offered by the BA in Visual and Critical Studies prepares graduates for careers in curating, arts management, arts journalism and criticism, publishing, and digital industries, such as writing for websites and gaming. The program’s academic specialization and breadth — with more than 90 visual culture courses and more than 80 breadth courses in English, Humanities, Social Sciences and Science/ Technology to choose from — also provides a thorough foundation for post-graduate study in art history and related fields.

URL: Visual and Critical Studies 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.

  • English

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 84] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 580] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5]

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Portfolio

Submit a writing sample. You will be emailed the topic for the writing sample after your application has been processed.