Why You Should Study Art and Design in Canada

By OCAD University Modified on September 15, 2017

Join a vibrant art and design community where you’ll get to work alongside a diverse group of peers.


International students make up a significant portion of the art and design colleges and universities in Canada and there many reasons for it! Check them out below.

  1. 1) Be part of a cultural mosaic, not a melting pot. With the Multiculturalism Policy coming into effect in 1971, Canada officially cemented itself as a nation that is committed to cultural freedom for all individuals. Over the years, Canada has garnered a reputation for not only being a tolerant society but an accepting one.
  2. 2) Gain a quality education. 95 percent of international students recommend Canada as a study destination. This is largely due to the fact that Canada boasts world recognized post-secondary institutions that foster strong research, industry connections, and creativity.
  3. 3) Rest assured, Canada is a safe country. With two decades of decline in crime, Canada continues to be one of the safest countries in the world . Canada is also home to some of the world's most livable cities.
  4. 4) There’s more than one type of art or design student in Canada. There is a strong community of diverse and interdisciplinary artists and designers in Canada. Students are often encouraged to explore different aspects of art and design by marrying multiple disciplines. Check out some of the work from students from Canada’s largest and oldest art and design university, OCAD U.
  5. 5) Be part of a global and accessible art and design community. Programs offered at institutions such as OCAD University in Canada’s downtown core give students the opportunity to actually work with industry professionals that are both globally connected and accessible. This provides students a unique experience that not only enhances their learning experience but also strengthens their opportunity for future employment.
  6. 6) You will be motivated to make an impact on society. As an art or design student in Canada, you truly have a say as to what sort of influence your work has in our society. Your work is valuable and worth expressing and educators will guide and encourage you to push beyond the boundaries in order to create meaningful work.