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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 whose campus is 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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  • Certainly the most original building that I had the opportunity to see: a slab of concrete 3 storeys high, raised on stilts to scores of meters above the ground; You can go there on purpose but the tour "Sightseeing" bus stops right in front of...
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  • The College has a tour around the building that is its own art. Stay well behind the Art Gallery of Ontario. In the summer, go during the week to avoid queues.
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  • I didn't get a chance to enter, but outside the visual attention. It is close to the Sogol's Street and no she doesn't notice his exotic façade
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