OCAD announces new Graduate Studies Programs

An undergraduate degree-granting university since 2002, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to announce three new graduate degree programs, to begin in July 2008.

“The launch of the first graduate programs at Ontario College of Art & Design is a significant milestone in the history of our university and reaffirms the importance of the role of artists and designers in our globally and technologically advanced village. OCAD is proud to be at the forefront of this innovative wave,” stated President Sara Diamond.

“These graduate programs mark OCAD’s continuing partnership with Ontario’s and Canada’s community of artists and designers,” stated Michael Owen, Vice-President Research & Graduate Studies. “Moreover, these programs build on OCAD’s history, academic and practice-based strengths and our commitment to innovation and prosperity in Ontario.”

Master of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice (MFA)
OCAD’s new MFA in Criticism and Curatorial Practice reflects the new demands of art and design criticism and curatorial practice. It is a full-time, two-year, 60-credit program comprising four core seminars (critical theory, research methods, history of exhibitions and critical writing); four core practice- and issues-based studio/seminars (including a collaborative group exhibition); three elective seminars or studios; individual research; a summer internship or study abroad; and a thesis exhibition and critical essay or written thesis.

Interdisciplinary and international in scope, the program brings together a small group of practicing artists, designers and critics in each cohort and features a first-year course in collaboration with the Art Galley of Ontario.

Students entering the program will have an honours-equivalent four-year bachelor’s degree in studio art or design, or art history/visual culture, or a related discipline and several years of practical experience.

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design
Blending art, media and design production with critical theory, the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design results in an MFA, MDes, or MA degree depending on a student’s primary discipline. This full-time, two-year 60-credit program is comprised of two core disciplinary studios/directed studies; three core interdisciplinary studios/directed studies; two core seminars (critical theory and research methods); two elective seminars and a thesis project and supporting paper (MFA and MDes) or a written thesis and minor supporting creative project (MA).

The program challenges students to investigate, research, and produce creative works that combine art, design and cross-disciplinary academic study to create new, hybrid forms of visual and social research and production.

Candidates for this program will feel comfortable working in an experimental environment where the outcome of their interdisciplinary efforts is not crystal clear at the outset and where the path of discovery may take them into unexpected places. Upon entering the program they will have strong disciplinary expertise in art, design, art history/visual culture or a related discipline, plus an appropriate undergraduate degree and several years of practical experience.

Executive Master of Design in Advertising (EMDes)
The Executive Master of Design in Advertising degree is unique in Canada. It is a cutting-edge program available at OCAD and specially designed for advertising and marketing professionals in the field who seek a higher level of knowledge with the added international perspective, all within an executive format. This is the only Executive Master of Design in Advertising program in Canada that allows professionals to continue working while pursuing an advanced degree.

The two-year EMDes program is comprised of three intensive two-week summer sessions in Toronto, the first session running July / August, 2008; and six off-site visits of four days each at renowned international advertising and marketing companies.

Participants will: learn to think globally and master the new language of the global marketplace; become advanced multi-dimensional thinkers and holistic problem solvers; recognize the value of social and environmental responsibility; learn from the masters in the industry; receive a terminal degree (equivalent to an MFA in the U.S.A.) meeting the highest level Canadian and U.S. teaching requirements.

For complete details on each program, please visit www.ocad.ca/gradstudies.