Call for Applications - Design4

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Friday, August 2, 2019 - 2:15pm to Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 12:00am

DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at midnight


Design4 is an externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper-year design students in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES). Students can also be studying in the Faculty of Design at the Masters level (MDES).


Students will be selected out of a pool of applicants and will have the chance to work part-time in small multi-disciplinary teams for up to 6 months, with the goal of addressing design challenges proposed by employment partners.

Throughout this experience, students will have direct support from The Centre of Emerging Artists and Designers, while receiving critical guidance from project mentors.

Employment partners will be drawn from among four distinct groups, hence the name Design4:

• New start-up ventures
• SME private enterprise
• The cultural sector/ The Arts
• Social innovation/ not for profit


OCAD U’s principles of decolonisation, diversity & equity, sustainability and health/wellness are guiding considerations for the Design4 program.

The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers will be prioritizing support for the Indigenous & Black Youth Design Initiative developed by the Faculty of Design within the context of Design4.


• Deep industry insight and the chance to build meaningful creative professional relationships that will enhance future employment outcomes
• The opportunity to put discipline-specific design skills into practice and reflect on the portfolio-worthy work that gets produced
• The creation of an institutionally supported community of practice on campus


Current upper-year students in the Faculty of Design in their third or fourth year at the Undergraduate level (BDES) or at the Masters level (MDES)


  • Resume that includes full contact information (name, phone number and email)
  • Links to online portfolio
  • Cover letter


Please send your application to Zviko Mhakayakora,
If you have any questions about this opportunity, please contact Zviko Mhakayakora at the above e-mail address.


Call for Applications - /edition Art Book Fair 2019 Career Launcher

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2019 from October 24 to 27, 2019.

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair
Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:15am

Congratulations to Eugenia Chan (Material Art & Design 2018) and Elise Conlin (Illustration 2019) who were presented with awards at the recent 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). 

Elise received the 2019 Student Purchase Award, judged by House of IDEA and Eugenia was recognized with the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery’s Emerging Artist Award.

Both Elise and Eugenia were participating at the event as recipients of the OCAD U TOAF Career Launcher, along with 8 additional recent ILLU and MAAD grads. A full list of recipients can be found below. The Career Launcher recipients were provided with complimentary booths and the opportunity to exhibit in the 58th year of this annual event.

Now in its 58th year, the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair is Canada's largest and longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. The TOAF was established to nurture excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary work to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 360 exhibitors and attracts 115,000 visitors each year at Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.



Eryn Lougheed
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Elise Conlin
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Xulin Wang
2019 – OCAD University, Illustration

Vivian Chang
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Sze Ngn (Mikayla) Li
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Vincie Cheung
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Fiona Chen
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Hiu Tung (Akatsuki) Siu
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Skye Stutt
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

Eugenia Chan
2019 – OCAD University, MAAD

OCAD Grads Receive Awards at 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

Congratulations to Eugenia Chan (Material Art & Design 2018) and Elise Conlin (Illustration 2019) who were presented with awards at the recent 2019 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair (TOAF). 

OCAD U's commitment to support new grads: extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, June 14, 2019

As OCAD U celebrates the accomplishments of its newest graduates at today’s convocation ceremonies, the university is also proud to announce a bold new commitment to support these graduates with extended access to key career-related services and supports for the first year after they receive their degree.

NEW! Adobe Creative Cloud access extended by one year
The Adobe suite of software tools are key for creatives. OCAD U will now provide eligible graduating students who were enrolled in the Laptop Program with an additional 1-year extension to their Adobe Creative Cloud license. 

"Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of software is vital for all students coming out of the university,” said Zev Farber, Director, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers. “Retaining access to these tools as our graduates make early inroads into their professions allows them to hit the ground running, creating and making at exactly the level they need to, right from day one beyond their studies at the university.”


“We’re very proud to be able to build out our commitment to graduates to provide them with the support, resources and tools that they need to succeed in launching their creative careers,” said Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International. “The Adobe Creative Cloud access is a keystone benefit we’re proud to be able to offer, in addition the vastly expanded new programming we’ve added this past year to career development and experiential learning, delivered by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.” 

In addition to the extended Adobe Creative Cloud access, recent grads are invited to come work, collaborate and create in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at 115 McCaul St., third floor. Think of it as an extension to your studio, office or other workspace —one that is in close proximity to networking opportunities, wifi access, meeting space, career advising, and mentorship via the Creative Professionals-In-Residence program. 

But there’s even more! OCAD U has collaborated with FreshBooks, an all-in-one invoicing and accounting solution made for budding entrepreneurs to offer our graduates a free 1-year subscription. FreshBooks does all the heavy lifting and time-consuming tasks for you, leaving more time for doing the work that you love. Our commitment also includes significant discounts on annual Format portfolio subscriptions, MOO business card and promotional materials, and continued access to tools like the Talent Network student and alumni job board, Career Launcher opportunities, networking and mentorship opportunities, career advising, workshops and industry events, career transition support, and so much more. Read more about our commitment to our new and recent graduates by visiting

Extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud for one year beyond graduation

New Living Wall Garden by Raquel Da Silva in Rosalie Sharp Pavilion

Raquel Da Silva Wall Work
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 9:15am

A new living wall wall work by DRPT student Raquel Da Silva has been installed in OCAD University’s Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. This project was commissioned by the Faculty of Art and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD), and generously supported by Mercedes Benz Financial Services (MBFS) sponsorships.

As part of the Faculty of Art’s Painting in the Expanded Field course, students were asked to create site-specific proposals for a window/wallcorner in the recently renovated Rosalie Sharp Pavilion. Taking into account the building’s focus on experiential learning, the CEAD on level 3 and the publicly visible space, seventeen unique proposals were presented.

A committee of representatives from the CEAD, the Faculty of Art and OCAD U’s Health and Safety team shortlisted three proposals before selecting Raquel Da Silva’s project, Garden of CEAD. Raquel’s piece interpreted the CEAD as a safe space which provides students with the opportunities to grow and flourish. With this in mind, this project realizes the concept of a “garden” through the integration of live plants to foster the idea of growth and transformation. The piece is composed of several layers: a background design painted on the wall, wall-mounted planters and several laser-cut shapes and characters. The result is a three-dimensional wall garden that will grow over time.

Special thanks to Colette Laliberté for facilitating this project and making it possible.

Honourable Mentions:
Fourteen Art Students by Brianna Bruce
Sunseed by Hana Elmisry and Nicole Kim

Natalie King Announced as Recipient of Xpace Programming Coordinator Career Launcher

Natalie King
Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 3:15pm

Congratulations to Natalie King (DRPT 2018') who has joined Xpace Cultural Centre as the team's Programming Coordinator. Natalie will work in collaboration with the Director and second Programming Coordinator to manage, plan and execute workshops, events and exhibitions for Xpace’s exhibition spaces. Natalie will also act as a liaison between the OCAD U student body, local and national arts organizations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to Xpace.

Xpace Cultural Centre is a not-for-profit artist-run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union. We are dedicated to providing emerging and student artists, designers, curators and art writers with opportunities to showcase their work in a professional setting. Our programming responds to contemporary issues, and the interests and needs of our membership and community.  Xpace is committed to maintaining an anti-oppressive, queer positive environment, welcoming marginalized, racialized and indigenous folks.

Natalie King is a queer Anishinaabekwe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King's practice ranges from drawing, painting, and installation as well as community engagement and activism. Often involving portrayals of femme identities, King’s works are about embracing the ambiguity and multiplicities of identity within the indigenous queer femme experience. King's practice operates from a firmly critical, decolonizing, equity-oriented, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective, capturing the realities of lived lives through frameworks of desire and survivance.

As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Career Development office supports the professional development of emerging OCAD U creative talent. The Career Launchers program offers unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry leaders in order to help senior students and new graduates start their professional practice after school.

Legal Intersections #2 | Alternative Working & Studio Spaces

Legal Intersections is a four-part series addressing legal issues of importance to artists, designers, and cultural workers. The series is presented in collaboration with the Artists’ Legal Advice Services, the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers at OCAD University, and the Edward P. Taylor Library & Archives at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Call for Applications - Nuit Blanche Community Engagement Assistant

Nuit Blanche Toronto 2016, Director X presented Death of the Sun at Nathan Phillips Square as part of the exhibition, OBLIVION.
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:00am to Monday, May 13, 2019 - 12:00am


RATE: $20 /hour for 30 hours/week

TERM: Part-time, May - September 2019

DEADLINE: Monday, May 13, 2019

Nuit Blanche Toronto is seeking applications to the part-time Community Engagement Assistant position. Supported by the Career Launcher program, the position will include a full integration into the professional environment of the City Cultural Events Team at the City of Toronto. The position will include the research and development of new programming initiatives for Nuit Blanche 2020 and participation on the on-site team responsible for implementation of the 2019 Nuit Blanche event. The position will offer critical insight and valuable exposure to the planning and execution of a large-scale public art event, learnings about the range of career options available, the opportunity to develop the skills required to succeed in the arts and culture sector. 

Nuit Blanche Toronto is Toronto’s annual free all-night contemporary art event that invites adventurous residents and visitors to take to the streets from sunset to sunrise. Experience Toronto transformed by hundreds of Canadian and international artists. One night only, all night long. 


  • Assists on community engagement work to increase Nuit Blanche awareness in communities outside the core. 
  • Works with City Cultural Events Team to identify and facilitate capacity building amongst communities to gather inputs for specific public programming events.
  • Assists with the delivery of interactive educational activities that engage public, provide resource material, collect contact info for future engagement events.
  • Oversees on-site impacting surveying with audience during public programming events with support from volunteers. 



  • Graduated from OCAD University in 2018 or 2019 (undergraduate or graduate);
  • Experience assisting with community-based programs or services, and working at events, with volunteers and others;
  • Experience in developing and running public engagement activities/ events with demonstrated planning and scheduling skills;
  • Actively seeks to create an environment of equity and inclusion in working with culturally diverse and marginalized groups;
  • Team player, able to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Administrative and reporting experience, and attention-to-detail with excellent written and verbal 


  • Full contact information (name phone, and email) and current resume
  • Confirmation of eligibility
  • Cover letter outlining interest and relevant experience.


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Alexandra Hong at

For more information, visit the career launhers website


416 977 6000 Ext. 3708

Call for Applications - Xpace Programming Coordinator

Xpace Cultural Centre welcomes applications for the Career Launcher position of Programming Coordinator.