Ontario College of Art and Design

Ontario College of Art and Design

Ontario College of Art and Design
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7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Monday
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Friday
7:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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Neighbourhood: Downtown
At the heart of Toronto, Downtown is the destination for cheap eats and fast fashion. Cut through by hip and trendy Yonge Street, the vibe here is young, with a strong student influence from the Ryerson University Campus. As a result, the Downtown area is always in flux: undergoing the construction of new facilities, with fresh retail spaces and pop-up cafes. Home to Toronto's largest indoor shopping mall, a number of vintage cinemas, and a healthy nightlife centered on the area's Distillery District bar and clubs near the East End, it's both an easygoing daytime spot and a popular party place after sunset. It also features some of Toronto's best outdoor landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square and the Nathan Phillips Square: perfect for a concert, a skate, or a relaxing sit-down.
How to get there
  • St. Patrick • 5 min walk
  • Osgoode • 6 min walk
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Birdie
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
I have never gone to the school, nor have I ever been inside. I have seen the outside of it in person though.

Some say it’s ugly, which I can understand if you compare it to your every day building. This is not your average college, it is designed to tell a story.

This is how I see it:
The story of being an elementary student, having fun with your supplies and poking holes in your eraser with your pencils. To discover later what masterpieces you can create with those two tools: a pencil and eraser.
The pixelated holes in the eraser show the artist have evolved to be a digital artist, but the pencils are still kept because traditional art is loved just the same.

I would like to give it a five out of five for architecture/design.
Written 6 July 2023
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operalover939
Toronto, Canada2,923 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The architecture of the Sharp building is fascinating, but we were here not to tour the building but to attend a performance of a new work presented by Tapestry Opera and OCAD, 'R .U.R., A Torrent of Light. The acoustics are not top drawer, but the space works well, and the opera is very fine.
Written 4 June 2022
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RGSOUNDF
Mercerville, NJ10,789 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
On our tour of Toronto we were shown the daring futuristic building of the Sharp Centre for Design. It is located 3 blocks to the west of University Ave and easily accessed from the downtown Toronto (about 10 minutes' walk from our hotel, Shangri La Toronto).
Today, the building inaugurated in 2004, is a widely recognizable city landmark. The structure resembling an intergalactic spaceship, is a box, notably elevated from the ground and supported by pillars varying in colors and their angles.
The feat of the modern architectural thought, the Sharp Centre for Design, is the joint work of the famous British architect Will Alsop in partnership with Toronto-based Robbie/Young + Wright Architects. The design received many influential awards and praises of the world architectural and engineering organizations.
Looking to the south, down McCaul St, enjoy the view of the CN Tower.
Please bear in mind that this amazing building doesn't require a tour, admission, or exploring its interior; it can be simply viewed as a stop of your tour of Toronto.
Written 2 May 2019
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trainfan2000
Hamilton, Canada2,550 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
The design of this college is really quite unique. It appears to be a large box supported by pencils - very unique. You can wander inside and check out the interior design but it is a working art school so be prepared to mingle with the tattooed and coloured hair sported by quite a few of the students. Worth checking out if you are in the area.
Written 4 October 2018
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Dave D
Niagara Falls, Canada811 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
This is an amazing building to look at. I have never been inside but it does make a great photo. You should check out this landmark for yourself.
Written 5 January 2018
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Eirik
Toronto, Canada313 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
Normally visiting a major art school in a huge city is delightful and inspiring. Blue haired, tattooed kids working away in studios, lots of galleries, etc. Parsons in New z York, RISK, The Chicago Art Institute School Zane all great side trips. SAIC even has a film festival when students present their work that goes on for days. OCAD is just sad and empty. Walk down the street to U of T and avoid this stop...lame.
Written 9 August 2017
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colonel77
Warkworth, Canada99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
My wife is a distinguished graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design so has taken many of her friends and graphic design associates for tours through the property ...
My mother was a student there before World War II and also frequented the facilities at times ...
Many of Canada's foremost artists and graphic designers have attended and / or graduated from this school ...
Well worthy of a walk around and not just to see the new artist table building which many people believe that is all there is to the place although it appears to be quite different when fully lighted at night ...
You will appreciate your visit and should not be disappointed ...
The Art Gallery of Ontario is right in the general vicinity as well and you will find some restaurants and shoppes directly across McCall Street.
Written 19 January 2016
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Shiva
Richmond Hill, Canada129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2015
A different architecture with a checkered tabletop held by giant coloring pencils! It's an unusal architecture but a must see in Toronto. You may even go inside and visit student galleries, some have great work on display.
Written 11 September 2015
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Ricky Y
Hong Kong, China6,754 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
One must give credit to whoever was the architect who can conceptualize such unorthodox and surreal extension of the original OCAD University building and indeed salute also to the College management for being bold enough to approve the plan or we would not have to chance to marvel at such creation - perhaps the fact that this an art and design college helps. A white oblong shaped box with black checkers it is, supported by multiple tilted brightly coloured joists as if part of it is hanging in the air housing classrooms etc. I walked back and forth along the street to admire the creativity and somehow it came across my mind that yes we should try to think outside the box and sky is the limit. Should go take a look when you come by downtown
Toronto.
Written 22 August 2015
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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,297 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015
Characterised by its distinctive/controversial (you decide!) 'Table', which actually provides very welcome shade for lunching office workers and students, it's worth the short walk down McCaul Street from Dundas Street West and the Ontario Art Gallery to see it.
Written 5 August 2015
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