Registration deadline: Friday, September 1, 2017

The Ottawa School of Art follows a tradition of alternative art schools by providing the community with the opportunity for visual expression and creative development. In addition to the vibrant arts community within the school, students have the advantage of the School​’​s ​​excellent location in the heart of the ByWard Market. The Ottawa School of Art has been celebrating visual arts training since 1879.

Registration begins in March and continues until the end of August each year, after which late fees of $25 per course apply.

Prior to registration, an interview with the Diploma Program Coordinator is a requirement for all prospective OSA credit program applicants and for returning students. The Diploma Coordinator is available during specific days for consultation. Interview appointments must be made through the front desk staff or by calling the main number of the school. To register, you must present your course contract completed during your interview with the Diploma Coordinator. Your course contract contains the list of your course selections for the year.

The credit programs operate from September to December (fall term) and from January to April (winter term). A limited number of courses are offered from April to June (spring term).

You must register in person at the front desk during office hours by cheque, debit card, cash, Visa or MasterCard.
It is necessary to become an OSA member before taking courses. You can purchase an annual membership for $30 (plus tax), valid for the entire family, at the time that you register.

Payment arrangements may be considered when the prospective student meets with the Diploma Coordinator.


The three year, 90 credit program is an comprehensive, post-secondary, fine arts training course of study with an emphasis on the practical studio experience. The Diploma Program receives students from the Ottawa area, across Canada, and around the world creating an interesting and diverse learning environment.


The one-year, 30 credit program structured for students who need to develop and expand their present body of work in preparation for applications to university, college or art school, this intensive course of study allows for a high degree of interaction with​ ​working professional artists in a studio setting.


OSA admission is on a first come, first served basis, until classes are filled. The OSA’s Fine Arts Diploma Program is registered as a Private Career College. To learn more about full-time studies at the Ottawa School of Art and requirements for admission, please visit our website at:

Start the application process by filling out the application form and bringing the items listed on the front of the form to the interview.​ Make your appointment by calling 613.241.7471.​

For further information, please email the Diploma Coordinator at:

Friday, September 1, 2017 

Available online:

Ottawa School of Art
35, rue George Street
ByWard Market
Ottawa, ON K1N 8W5


Contact Information:
Andrew Fay, Diploma Coordinator
613-241-7471 x 38


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