An independent study provides students with the opportunity to undertake studies of significance to their educational objectives, where otherwise not available through the regular university curriculum. Independent studies are supervised and evaluated by your OCAD U Faculty and include a course credit.


  • Third and fourth year level students with 10.0 or more completed credits with a minimum overall average of 70% are eligible to apply for independent study.
  • Students may take a maximum of 1.5 credits in independent study and/or field placements.

Application process

  • Complete Independent Study Application Form (PDF)
  • Project Proposal: Students must also submit a comprehensive proposal (minimum 500 words) of their study project that is initialed by the supervising teaching faculty*. This proposal should: Explain goals or learning objectives, Describe the type and extent of research, Discuss specific skills and knowledge to be developed, Discuss the benefits this project will add to the student’s studies
  • *Independent studies must be approved by the Program Chair – Johanna Householder or Associate Chair – Jenn Long.  Meetings can be booked for either individual through Program Assistant Oliver Valencia –

 Deadline to submit form and proposal

2015 Fall term: July 15

2016 Winter term: November 6

2016 Summer term: April 1

Independent studies are coordinated through the Office of the Registrar.

Supervision & evaluation

  • Students are required to initiate regular meetings with their supervising teaching faculty, and complete the three formal critiques required each term.
  • During the first formal critique, the evaluation criteria for the project are to be defined by the student and the supervising teaching faculty. All critiques are to include a written narrative addressing these criteria by the supervising teaching faculty.

* Please note that not all faculty are available as independent study supervisors. Students should verify if the faculty they select is available before proceeding with their application.

***For more information or to apply for a Field Placement or Independent Student, you can contact the OCAD U’s Experiential Learning Program Coordinator:

416 977 6000 x3844