The Ontario College of Art and Design is the oldest and largest university of art and design in Canada. It is situated in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was established in the year 1876 by the Ontario society of Artists. It was originally known as the Ontario School of Art. In the year 1912, the school finally adopted the name Ontario College of Art. However, considering the significant role of the school in visual art education it adopted the name Ontario College of Art and Design in 1996. It received the official permission to grant the Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Design degree in the year 2002. The Ontario College of Art and Design has more depth and breadth in the visual arts and designing programs than in any other school of its kind.
The Ontario College of Art and Design offers Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Design degrees. Under the design program, students need to choose from advertising, illustration, industrial design, environmental design and graphic design. Under the arts faculty, courses include drawing and painting, integrated media, photography, printmaking, sculpture installation and criticism and curatorial practice. There is a separate faculty for liberal studies.
The Ontario College of Art and Design is dedicated exclusively to a visual culture and is regarded as a creative hothouse. New ideas and creative work are inspired by a vibrant community life. Its reputation continues to soar by the highly qualified graduates who are recognized for their wide skills in innovation and creativity and for their ability to bring about changes in the world.
The Ontario College of Art and Design offers student services which include financial aid and awards, campus stores, health and wellness center, library, housing services, laptop programs, disability services and writing and learning center. It also has computing services, audio-visual and imaging services, counseling and course valuation facilities for students.