Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto

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OCAD University, formerly the Ontario College of Art and Design, is a public university located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The school is within the Grange Park neighbourhood, and adjacent to the Art Gallery of Ontario. The school is Canada's largest and oldest educational institution for art and design. OCAD U offers courses through the Faculties of Art, Design, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and alternative programs. The enabling legislation is Ontario College of Art and Design University Act, 2002.HistoryThe University's beginnings stretch back to the project of the Ontario Society of Artists whose objectives included the development of art education in Ontario. The Ontario Society of Artists passed the motion to "draw up a scheme" for a school of art on 4 April 1876, and the first School of Art opened on 30 October 1876, funded by a government grant of $1,000.CurriculumIn 1971–72, Roy Ascott radically challenged the pedagogy and curriculum structure of the College.In 2008, OCAD president Sara Diamond changed the pedagogy. She emphasised academics over studio time and required full-time instructors to hold an advanced degree. There was some controversy as two faculty resigned over the changes. in 2010, Tom Travis, then president of Dalhousie University in Halifax, was conducted a confidential review of how OCAD was managed. He found that the number of senior faculty and administrators was excessive. He recommended that deans be given more autonomy. Sara Diamond adopted most of his 30 recommendations, for example, giving department deans more power.
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  • This is an amazing building to look at. I have never been inside but it does make a great photo. You should check out this landmark for yourself.  more »
  • Normally visiting a major art school in a huge city is delightful and inspiring. Blue haired, tattooed kids working away in studios, lots of galleries, etc. Parsons in New z York, RISK, The Chicago Ar...  more »
  • Toronto art school is a unique architecture and attractions. Would make the new building they put somebody on the existing buildings of no earthquake is funny, though quite why so. I hope your visit and the adjacent art gallery of Ontario.
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