OCAD University's Rapid Prototyping Lab, and our 3D scanner. Photo: Lorella Zanetti.

OCAD University’s Rapid Prototyping Lab, and our 3D scanner. Photo: Lorella Zanetti.

Artists and designers are smart. We are creative thinkers and creative problem solvers. We are emotionally intelligent, have capacity for great insight and innovation and see the world through a slightly different lens. These attributes – along with your own interests and skill sets – can be very valuable in the creative industry, but are also desirable in science, technology, business, marketing, healthcare and digital industries. With this in mind, OCAD U strives to offer students an atmosphere and curriculum where they can explore their passions: creative or otherwise.

Our new Life Studies specialization in the Faculty of Art strives to do just that. This new offering allows students to explore the figure and body of various forms of life and biology, infusing scientific observation within the context of contemporary art practices. Courses will explore bio-mimicry, wearable technologies, figurative painting, 3D modeling and animation.  This program can lead to a creative career in the fields of medical illustration, prosthetics or ergonomics, animation and gaming.

Many of our faculty members work in the world of science through their creative practice and are excellent examples of the diverse directions a post-secondary education in art & design can take you. Sculpture faculty member, Francis LeBouthillier has been working on life-saving training devices, using his sculpting skill set for doctors who practice neo-natal surgery. You can watch a video about his work on our blog or read about it on Research Matters.


Sculpture and OCAD U Faculty Francis LeBouthillier poses with his life saving training devices for Doctors.

Kate Hartman, another faculty, works with wearable technology exploring how clothing, fabrics and textiles can be responsive to their environment or the wearer.

Martin Leifhebber who teaches in Environmental Design, runs his own architecture firm Breath, which focuses heavily on sustainable architecture exploring innovative materials and processes.

Judith Doyle, who teaches in Integrated Media and Director of the SMAC Lab (Social Media and Collaboration) has worked with patients at Baycrest Hospital’s Memory Link Program which is a specialized, cognitive training to help patients with amnesia learn to use digital devices and create works of art.

At OCAD U we see the value of what our students, graduates, faculty and alumni do in a variety of fields everyday. And it is amazing. Imagination is changing the world.