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Great place to work and lots of inspiration

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Amazing architecture

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Best post-secondary school ever.

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Sicuramente uno degli edifici piu' interessanti da fotografare a Toronto

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The building is breathtaking! There is really nothing like it

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Beautiful place! Worth a visit after visiting the museum which is wright in front of it!

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Beautiful structure from the outside. Great food court across the street. Those students are lucky!

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Beautiful building. Tour buses constantly come by to gawk at it. It's unfortunate (for them, not us) that they don't come inside though- the insides are full of hidden gems. The stairwells are filled with different types of graffiti and media, and there are art installations on multiple floors at times. Bathrooms are always dirty though, but otherwise great place to study fine arts.

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Took a continuing ed course here. The teacher was great, the lessons were great but we always had to spend time at the beginning cleaning up so we could actually use the room. For what I spent on the class I kinda expected to just be able to come in, take the class, and leave.

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Not really into spending thousands a semester for such a mediocre curriculum, careless professors and a president who won't even make eye contact with the students who make this whole education business a thing. Even worse is Health & Wellness Centre, which is bound to result in making you sicker (of living such a poor academic life). This place was unfortunately not more than a major waste of time and money for me, and a "learning experience" that you don't need institutionalized education to develop your own skills, portfolio, projects and ambitions. F*ck OCAD.

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It's a great landmark. Go and support the Grad Exhibit every May.

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Please don't waste your time, money, mental and physical health, and just don't go here.

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Alsop designed Sharp Centre for Design building on his signature stilts.

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this has to be one of my favourite places in Toronto. The way that this building is designed from top to bottom is magnificent first of all can I say it's so easy to find because it stands out from every other building a second the inside once you step in it's like boom! Wow! You just want to explore the whole place at once but there's so much to see that you have to snap back into reality. I love how art students can have their art displayed for people too see how hard they've worked also the 'yellow staircase' is so cool to walk through you never know what your going to find around the corner! I suggest going here

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Now I am not an overly critical person, save for the gross generalizations I might make about contemporary art, artsy types, or just plain types in general. Okay I am critical. But I will allow for some room in the narrow space I give to the arts scene when it comes to some of the tremendous architecture in this city. Tremendous might not be the perfect word to describe the OCAD building (located in downtown Toronto), it would be more apt for me to call it insane. Even the wacky fine arts students, peddling around on unicycles with purple hair, balloon skirts and polka dot sneakers cannot top their schoolhouse which looks like a giant, windowed shoebox sitting atop four long - and I mean REALLY long - coloured pencils. Even if you do not own a flat, black, leather portfolio case, even if you prefer PC to Mac, even if Barney Rubble is a name far less foreign to you than Matthew Barney, OCAD is a quick sight, well worth checking out.

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I don't go to OCAD so I can't comment on the actual education. I'm going to copy everyone else and just talk about this campus/building, because it's quite the sight. From the outside it looks like a horribly-coloured kaleidoscopic eyesore. Black and white top, perched precariously on multicoloured...I don't know, but they definitely look inadequate for the weight they are holding. Either way it's a cool place to infiltrate, while dressed as hipsters. Make sure you have bags under your eyes, a spiral bound notebook, and some stubble (if you are a guy). My friend and I successfully infiltrated this building to discover the following awesome features: 1) outside the building are bike racks. Souped up fixies galore. I spent a full ten minutes drooling. 2) The doors leading in are tinted orange. You pass through an orange tinted room before really entering the building. The effect is psychedelic, even without drugs. 3) Taking the elevator up to the top floor (because it wouldn't take us anywhere else...weird...), you will arrive in the black and white box thing. Wandering around, we found lots of cool art and designs on the wall. We found classrooms with ergonomically designed chairs. We found hip modern furniture. We found window enclaves painted neon colours. I wish we had found a bouncy castle. 4) The study halls have extension cords hanging from the ceiling in self-retracting coils. Need to plug in your laptop? Just reach up, pull, and plug. Awesome! 5) We found a course evaluation form. It was designed and laid out impeccably. I'd actually read my syllabuses if they were so clean and efficient. Looking out the window, you'll notice how high up you are, and how not visibly supported you are. Either cool, or terribly frightening. Or both. Behind OCAD there is a park and a shallow fountain-pool thing that is fun to wade through. I bet that's where all the ocad students get their raves on.

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That main building was quite a sight to see and they allowed us to go up to the top and peer out the windows. On the top level, there are a few showcases with art and designs that I thought were very nice but, I'm no artist. I can only appreciate things as I see them. The students seem very artsy fartsy and they had good things to show in the hallways. The world needs art. It makes our living space so much more liveable. Art and design is even in the very can of cola that I'm drinking right now.

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By far the best idea school on the planet...period. You may not learn the best technical skills, (i.e. computer etc.) but you will learn to think outside of the box, create and develop unique concepts...something that is desperately lacking and in increasing demand no matter what industry you go in to.

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How can one NOT love a building that resembles a checkered rectangular prism held up by a fistful of multicoloured pencils? Brilliant. It's one of my favorite structures in North America.

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There are reasons to go here. You'd have thought Scott Pilgrim would have wandered around once or twice. The building is a unique design, and there is always art on the Second Floor, and right off the elevator on the sixth floor. It's a good free place to wander around at any time of the day, or night. And then there's the yellow staircase. This should be a notorious Toronto location. If one were to say "The Yellow Staircase" everyone should know what people are talking about. It's at its best when the graffiti is up. This is an art school, after all, and they normally know what they're doing. But it's painted over now and then. Mind you this just clears the canvas for another batch of constantly changing insights. My real question: How many people have used that yellow backdrop to take naked pictures? Dozens? Hundreds? Thousands? I can not count myself amongst them - but still, I wonder. It is an art school, after all.

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I have no idea about the quality of the education provided within the walls of this art institution. However, if Will Alsop's brilliant design for this gravity-defying skybound rectangle on pencils inspires its students as much as it moves folks like me who pass by, then OCAD is probably turning out geniuses. With Frank Gehry's fantastic new design for the Art Gallery of Ontario just steps away, these blocks are the epicenter of great architecture in Toronto.

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We have worked with graduate students from OCAD University on a few creative projects and their imagination and desire to explore is unsurpassed in the design industry. An eagerness to find new forms, creative solutions and one of a kind kitchen and washroom experiences for customers raises the bar on personal hygiene and food preparation environments.

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My experience with OCAD U as a student has overall not been positive. Still, keep in mind I don't know if this applies to all majors. The school provides little to no help in getting jobs after graduation. Good: Location, food court nearby has variety despite the size, free admission to AGO. Mostly quality MACs in the labs, but finding a spot can be hard during certain times of the day. The people are usually polite and nice. Relatively inexpensive (though with the new uni branding who knows how long that'll last). The building looks pretty at night. Bad: Lack of space. Most importantly in my experience Education is not too practical, at least in my major. There were a few good profs that really care and teaches straightforward skills, but for the most part the courses are full of theoretical and conceptual BS. Majority of profs are snooty and really biased and only like what they like. They won't train you, but merely give you the assignment, say a few things and hand it back. They might be interesting people to occasionally converse with, but they fail to deliver as mentors (with a few exceptions). I hear there isn't a strong sense of community. Also lacks the post-secondary campus experience. Overall: If you want to be experimental, your not dead set on what you want, but know you like art and looking to try new things OCAD would be a good school. I heard for illustration, if you want to be an editorial and maybe storybook illustrator it might be a good choice. Others in my program and even those outside admit If you want to perfect hardcore fundamental skills especially drawing, and also software, this school doesn't provide the means to do so, you're on your own. Especially those who are looking to break into animation, film, game, entertainment. Comics are hit and miss. If you want a foot in industries that require a STRONG foundation in drawing, painting and digital software, this is likely not the school for you. I had to learn mostly those skills that on my own and from friends who are in a different art school. I dropped out of OCAD recently and transferring to a school/program that better suits me, I wished I had done it earlier. It's just a place to go and get a degree. One of my breaking points for me was, when I learned more from online tutorials than I did at OCAD, also my sheridan friends being mostly happy with their programs, and I never felt that way about ocad. I knew what career I wanted to do, what skills I needed, and OCAD was not giving me that. I'm not saying it is 100% awful, but it certainly didn't fit me. I'm glad I took the advice: you must be a self-learner to succeed in art and not depend on school. That is true, however if your paying thousands of $ and 4 years of your life, your school should do a generous bit of the teaching, otherwise why not just be self taught? (now if you wanna be a teacher...). Throughout the entire years I was doing projects/practise outside class, getting an internship and generating interest, so please don't jump to the conclusion that I'm a lazy student just because I gave this school a bad review (thought I guess its hard to be fully engaged if you don't enjoy it). I'm just a student that figured what I want and that ocad wasn't the best match. If you feel ANY school is sucking the joy you once had of making art instead of making it stronger, take that into consideration. Sorry for the long post (and if there are typos), but I hope this helps.

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