OCAD U School of Continuing Studies registration policies are listed below. It is the responsibility of each student to read and understand these policies before registering. Please contact the School of Continuing Studies at if you have any questions.


Students are not registered for a course until they complete the payment process. Registration for courses is on a first-come, first-served basis. Unless otherwise indicated, students must be at least 18 years old to register for courses.

All Continuing Studies students must comply with OCAD U’s Respectful Work Learning Environment Policy.
All Continuing Studies students must be aware of  OCAD U's Academic Misconduct Guidelines for Continuing Studies Students. 
All Continuing Studies students in classes with a life model must observe the Etiquette Rules for Working with a Life Model.

Course Cancellation

While every effort is made to run our courses as scheduled, the School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to cancel a course up to seven (7) days prior to the course start date, if there is not sufficient registration in that course. If it is necessary to cancel a course, every effort is made to contact enrolled students. If the course is cancelled, enrolled students will be given the option to transfer to another course or receive a full refund.


Course withdrawals are subject to a 15% administration fee. The School of Continuing Studies must receive the notification of withdrawal no later than seven (7) days prior to the start of the course. Material fees are non-refundable. Students may withdraw from a course via their student portal, by phone or by email. No refund is given for withdrawal on or after the course start date unless an official exception is granted based on compassionate grounds, such as a death in the family, or a medical emergency. In such cases a written request for refund, accompanied by appropriate documentation from a third party must be submitted. Under no circumstances will refunds be granted for requests received after the end of a course.


No transfers will be granted after course start date. Students are able to transfer to another course via their student portal if notification is received no later than seven (7) days prior to the start of the course that you are currently enrolled in. To request a transfer to another course prior to the first class, please contact the School of Continuing Studies. While there is no charge to transfer, you may be required to pay the difference in course or material fees. It is not possible to transfer to a course that has already started, or to a class that is full.

Campus Access

Continuing Studies students are only permitted in classrooms, computer labs, and studios on campus during their scheduled classes. Registered students will receive an official course confirmation by email. This document serves as an ID on campus. Students are advised to carry this document with them during class times and may be asked to present this document and photo ID to campus security. Continuing Studies students using the university's computing and networking facilities, must comply with OCAD U’s IT Acceptable Use Policy.

Access to Faculty

Continuing Studies faculty are professional artists, designers and technicians within their given fields. Our faculty do not have office hours outside of class time, and are not available to respond to inquiries from students or prospective students prior to the start of class. Each instructor will outline their availability to students at the start of each course. Students who repeatedly make demands of instructor time outside of these parameters, either in person or by email, will be removed from the course.

Contact List

When you register for a course or course notification, you consent to be added to the Continuing Studies contact list. You will receive email notifications about new courses, programs, special offers, and upcoming registration deadlines. To unsubscribe yourself from our contact list, please click: unsubscribe or email: You may also unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the link at the bottom of our emails.

On-Site Courses and COVID-19 Protocols

We are delighted to be welcoming Continuing Studies students back to campus for in-person courses. Please follow the below requirements in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment at OCAD U.

  1. MASKING PROTOCOL: Masks are no longer mandatory at OCAD U. As the decision to wear a mask is now one of individual choice, we ask that all members of the community demonstrate respect for those who continue to wear masks for health and safety reasons. Masks will continue to be supplied on campus at masking dispensers.

  2. STAY HOME IF YOU ARE ILL: To maintain a healthy OCAD U community, it is imperative that you stay home if you are sick or have COVID-19 symptoms, even if they are mild. As a member of the OCAD U community, we expect you to monitor your health and to stay home when you are feeling unwell. If you have COVID-19 symptoms or test positive, please follow the isolation requirements of Toronto Public Health. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, cough, or runny nose, should stay home from school, work and social events until the fever clears and symptoms have been improving for at least 24 hours. Please familiarize yourself with what to do if you are a close contact of someone who has COVID-19.

  3. PRACTICE GOOD HAND HYGIENE: It is important to follow good hand hygiene practices by washing or sanitizing your hands often.

  1. VACCINATION STATUS: Stay up-to-date with your COVID-19 vaccination status, and get boosted. At this time we do not require you to be vaccinated to come on campus.

OCAD U continues to maintain good air quality by meeting or exceeding the recommended target of six air changes (ACH) or air change equivalents (ACHeq) in instructional and co-curricular spaces.

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