OCAD University

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA)

Program Information

School:OCAD University
Faculty:Graduate Studies
Field of Study:Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Description:The MA program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories critically explores current creativity and cultural production.This program offers students a compelling array of perspectives to investigate and assess the ever-shifting worlds of contemporary art, design and new media art. Moderate class sizes, top-notch faculty and exceptional access to resources combine to create an enriching and stimulating intellectual environment dedicated to learning. The program readies students for rewarding careers in academia and the cultural community. OCAD University is one of only a few institutions in North America that concentrates solely on contemporary artists and issues, and is the first program in Ontario to offer a specialization in design history at the graduate level.

The approach to learning at OCAD University is creative and flexible, borrowing from the often unconventional and hybrid strategies used by 21st century artists and designers, which challenge traditional forms of analysis. OCAD University’s program in contemporary cultural production supports, through rigorous scholarly and cross-disciplinary methods, the production of pioneering research into newly emerging art and design practices. Our unique, innovative academic program offers students three areas of specialization: Contemporary Art History, Design History, and New Media Art History. Drawing on the long established discipline of art history and sharing analytical techniques, theory and terminology, these three areas of study are complementary. However, these areas of investigation and specialization bear and retain their own distinctiveness, which is emphasized in field-specific seminars and independent study. While students may take courses in any one of the three specializations, one field will be selected as the focus for the degree.
URL:Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories (MA) at OCAD University
Length:2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $19,736

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*75
Test Scores:
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 90] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 7] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Paper Based) [min. 600]
Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research Interests
  • Portfolio
Research Proposal: Maximum 250 words that clearly outlines your background and describes your research interests; bibliography and illustrations may be included. Writing Sample: Not more than 20 pages, which can be in published or manuscript form; if manuscript, the text must be typed and the context in which it was produced identified. CV: Applicants should include an updated copy of their curriculum vitae.

* The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on July 25, 2017

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