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


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How long you will study
2 - 3 Years

Domestic course fees
CAD 20000 per total

How you will study

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International course fees
CAD 40000 per total

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About Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories at OCAD University

OCAD University’s MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories is unique in Canada in its focus on contemporary production and theory across art, media, and design. Students in this interdisciplinary program engage with contemporary issues and works, while drawing on theoretical frameworks, historical contexts, and creative precedents that have shaped today’s visual and critical landscape.

Program facilities are located in the heart of Toronto’s arts and culture district, in close proximity to the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Design Exchange, the Textile Museum of Canada, the Gardiner Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum, and the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

The program is small, allowing direct access to faculty expertise and supervision. Core faculty in the program are internationally-known scholars, writers, historians, and curators, active in their fields. Faculty expertise in global art history, Indigenous theory and practice, feminist and LGBTQ2+ studies, cinema studies, performance art, photography, video games, comic art, and design studies fuels a diverse range of approaches and course offerings, and supports students’ cutting-edge research into contemporary art, design, and media.

The program is able to offer generous funding packages in many cases, and most incoming students are granted teaching assistantships in undergraduate art and design history courses, providing valuable teaching experience.

To apply to the program, you should have a four-year bachelor’s degree in art history, visual culture, film studies, communications or a similar program, with a minimum 75% (B+) average over your last two years of study.

Students can take courses across a range of offerings in contemporary art history, design history, and media studies, as well as elective courses offered in OCAD U’s six other graduate programs. Additionally, there are opportunities to develop Independent study courses with faculty members, participate in study-abroad courses, and gain credit for internships.

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMAHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study2 - 3 years
    Course starts find outDomestic course feesCAD 20000 per totalInternational course feesCAD 40000 per total

Notes about fees for this course

Depending on which course you choose to study, fees for domestic students can range from $20,000 CAD to $35,000 CAD. Fees for international students can range from $40,000 CAD to $75,000 CAD.

The instituion will be able to provide you with more detailed information about fees for specific programs.

Entry requirements

Application for admission into the MA in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories is competitive. Applicants must hold a BA, BFA, BDes, or comparable honours degree/certification with an average of 75 per cent (B+) or better during the last two years of study, or must demonstrate exceptional related experience/expertise as a practising art or design professional. All applicants must demonstrate creative and conceptual competence at a high level.

For consideration by the admissions committee, and in addition to the basic application requirements outlined below, applicants need to complete and submit the following through SlideRoom:

  • 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.
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