OCADU Industrial Design Students Awarded at ACIDO Rocket Awards 2017

Primo by Richard Revie
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

Each year the Association of Chartered Industrial Designers of Ontario (ACIDO) hosts "Rocket" -a competition for Ontario's graduating industrial designers. 

Graduates nominated at the top of their class from OCAD University, Carleton University, and Humber College have the opportunity to pitch their thesis projects and compete for top awards. 

This year, OCADU Students represented 7 of 25 shortlisted student works and Richard Revie and Samantha Vanveen went home with three awards!

Primo – 2 ACIDO rocket category awards one for sports & recreation

“Primo provides a product, service, and social platforms to guide beginners through the challenges harnessing their behavior in a constructive pathway to optimize their success and safety.”

Richard Revie was supervised by ID faculty members Jules Goss and David Quan.

More info on his product can be found here


Azalea- Design for incontinence

1 Category award in Health & Wellness

Samantha Vanveen supervised by ID faculty members Job Rutgers and Ranee Lee

“Approximately twenty-five percent of North America’s population experiences incontinence, whether it’s a temporary or ongoing problem. Since the majority of these people are women, the goal is to provide a sustainable solution that allows the user to go about their day without the stress existing disposable products impart.”

More info on her product can be found here

All the shortlisted Rocket of OCADU entries can be found here:
- Primo by Richard Revie
- Azalea by Samantha Vanveen
- Living Water byVictoria Biglands
- Urban Egg Farming by Paolo Aguila
- O by Luke Park
- KODEN by Martin Luu
- Frego by Ji Yeon Han


MAAD Rugs at Weavers Art Showroom

Students from the Surface Design 1 classes and Rachel Babineau
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 1:15pm

Nine rugs designed by OCADU students in the Material Art & Design program are featured in the Weavers Art's flagship showroom at 1400 Castlefield Avenue and on their website in the "New and Exciting" collection.

Although the rugs are currently up in the showroom, there will also be a launch in the fall. Congratulations to students with rugs on display!

Faculty facilitator: Lynne Heller

Student designers:

Rachel Babineau (alumna)

Mariam Ben Belfadhel

Allie Gregory

Mudassir Mohammed

Domenic Sgamelluri

Hatley Walker

Michael Pourvakil, President and owner of Weavers Art, also gave out three prizes for rug designs to the students of MAAD-2009 Surface Design 1.

Faculty facilitators: Chung-Im Kim, Ana Galindo

Prize winners:

First place and the winner of $500 cash prize, Emma Enright 

Second place and the winner of $250 cash prize, Amanda Larsson

Third place and the winner of $100 cash price, Derry Gunawan

Many thanks to faculty facilitators Lynne Heller, Ana Galindo and Chung-Im Kim!
The rugs can be found on the website: http://www.weaversart.com 


MAAD-2009 Surface Design 1's student Emma Enright
Weavers Art Showroom

Susan Campbell awarded at the Nth Degree exhibition in St. Charles Missouri

"Zoned Out" by Susan Campbell
"Zoned Out" by Susan Campbell
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 1:30pm

Graphic Design Sessional Instructor Susan Campbell has been awarded the Going Solo Juror's Choice Award for her sculpture installation called "Zoned Out" at the Nth Degree, a juried exhibition of works that uses numbers or mathematics, currently taking place at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri. Two of her works are included in this exhibition. 

About the project:

"Zoned Out is a sculptural installation comprising of a large clearance zone, flanked by clusters of smaller zones, which converge and unfold on top of one another, competing and jostling for monopoly of a finite space. The homogeneity of the forms stems from a branch of urban semiotics associated with urban planning. The actual forms themselves are mapped and modelled from clearance zones found in public and private parking lots located in Oshawa’s central core.

The title Zoned Out refers to the use of urban planning tools and the potential exclusionary impact of zoning ordinances to segregate certain demographics while marginalizing or displacing others.

With this in mind, the installation amounts to a mapping of socially contentious zones, while attempting to document and interpret patterns of urbanization, pedestrian safety, and rezoning strategies."
- via susancampbellartist

You can see the list of the Award Winners here.


Awards and Medal Winners Results

OCAD University announces the results of the Awards and Medals program. 

OCADU Advertising Grads Win at Cannes and D&AD

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 3:00pm

Congratulations to several recent grads from the Advertising Program at OCAD, winning major awards at some of the most important industry award shows.

The most sought after awards in industry are Cannes and D&AD. Winners from of Young Lions Canada winners qualify to move onto  a chance to compete at the official Young Lions and Young Marketers competitions in Cannes. 

Congrats go out to:


Gold Film:

Jake Bundock, Art Director, Rethink


Bronze Film

Justin Luu, Art Director, Juniper Park/TBWA


Silver Cyber:

Alec Carluen, Art Director, J.Walter Thompson Canada



 Graphite pencil:

Ariel Riske, Copywriter,  Zachary Bautista, Art Director

Executive Creative Director: Nellie Kim


Winning a ‘graphite pencil’ from D&AD, London, England, is Ariel Riske/Copywriter and Zachary Bautista/AD pulled off campaign and identity for “Give –a-Care Collection”

ReThink Breast Cancer

We should also mention CD behind this is campaign is also grad Nellie Kim, co-founder of Lg2, Toronto, last year’s Agency of the Year!

Congratulations to all OCAD grads!

Assistant Professor Audrey Hudson Awarded a SSHRC Award

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 2:30pm

Assistant Professor Audrey Hudson has been awarded a SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) Connections grant.
She is a co-applicant on this project that will bring together hip hop cultural workers across the nation to celebrate the work that's being done in and around education and will take place around an existing hip hop festival in Montreal from August 10-12.
The Co-Applicant team consists of researchers from McGill, University of Ottawa, McEwan University, University of Alberta and I am the OCAD University connection. Plus several collaborators on the project from east to west.



Student Recognition: Celebrating leadership & excellence

Student volunteer award winners with Dr. Sara Diamond
Tuesday, March 21, 2017

OCAD U students were honoured for their outstanding extracurricular leadership contributions to the community at Campus Life’s recognition and awards dinner on March 14, 2017.  Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University attended the dinner and was on hand to present the awards.

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students, supported by OCAD Student Union and Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International, acknowledges an outstanding student whose advocacy and leadership, promoting and advancing human rights, equity and social justice. This year’s recipient, Maya Wilson-Sanchez, uses art and design as tools for social change. Her work in social justice and engagement as a curator—most notably for the recent We are Symbols and Intra-action exhibitions—encourages others to think critically, and push for empowerment, decolonization and equality.

Peer Mentor Awards, supported by First Generation Programs, acknowledge peer mentors who have made outstanding contributions to the Student Mentor Program over the past program year. This year’s recipients, Sandra Samy Ibrahim and Xulin Wu, demonstrated enthusiasm and positivity, while sharing their wealth of knowledge and insight to their student mentees. Their commitment in navigating the university systems and programs, and their inclusive and supportive approach, helped make OCAD U a welcoming, dynamic and engaging campus.

A special Commitment Pin was awarded to the following peer mentors who have shown commitment to the Student Mentor Program for three years or more: Arashdeep Chahal, Aruvi Rajasingham, Hilary Thich and Samantha Waters.

New this year, the Student Group Leader of the Year Award, made possible by Imagination Catalyst, was presented to a student group leader who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role. The inaugural recipient, Ali Al-Awadhi, Muslim Student Association, demonstrated outstanding contributions  ̶  from hosting on-campus social opportunities, coordinating field trips, to working on the creation of the University’s first Multi-Faith Space.

Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International, acknowledged the commitment and leadership of OCAD Student Union executive and student participants in Board of Governors and OCAD U Senate.

Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, presented a special Excellence in Student Services Award to Samara Diaz Sanchez who has worked in Financial Aid & Awards since 2015. Samara has served students with expertise, empathy, enthusiasm and excellence. Her dedication and savvy social media skills, helped break down financial barriers for her student peers.

Student group leaders and intramural team captains: Special interest, student-run clubs and the five-year old Intramural Program at OCAD U allow interaction among students, support faith and culture, and create an atmosphere of diversity while encouraging self-development, entrepreneurship, social responsibility, environmental awareness, and fitness and well-being. Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, acknowledged student group leaders and intramural team captains for their leadership and contribution to community.

The evening was made possible by First Generation Program; Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations and Office of the President.


Back row (l-r): Rabeea Syed, Maya Wilson-Sanchez, Dr. Sara Diamond, Xulin Wang, Aruvi Rajasingham.
Front row (l-r): Ali Al-Awadhi, Sandra Samy Ibrahim, Samara Diaz Sanchez

Fourth Year Awards & Medals Application Deadline

Monday, February 13, 2017 - 9:00am to Monday, March 20, 2017 - 4:00pm
416-977-6000 x250

Your brain on books

To mark another amazing book awards season (see here, here and here) INSTUDIO asked 2016 Illustration grad Daria Domnikova to chart the inner landscape of a reader, with stunning results. You can join Daria any time in celebrating the joy of reading or view more of her work online.



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Scholarships & Awards Programs Information Sessions

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - 3:00pm

To learn more about the Scholarships & Awards Programs, students, faculty and staff are invited and encouraged to attend this information session. Additional sessions are scheduled on the following days:
General Information Sessions:
* Febrary 9, 11:30 - 12:30 pm, Rm. 240
* February 11, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, Rm. 240
* February 24, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Rm. 240
* February 26, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, Rm. 284

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 240 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario