MARTK'D Sneaker Design Tournament

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - 3:00pm to 7:00pm

OCAD University is proud to collaborate with MARTK’D which celebrates art on sneakers.  The partnership was formed to execute a creative engagement initiative in the form of a sneaker design tournament.  The tournament will give 40 of Toronto’s up-and-coming high school artists from the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board the opportunity to showcase their creative skills through live competition in front of an audience. Artists will use VANS sneakers as a blank canvas and Sharpies to create their own designs, to be judged by audience members and special guests.


The format is as follows:

Two qualifying rounds will consist of 20 artists each, 40 artists in total.

The top four artists from each round, voted on by the crowd, will advance to the finals.

The eight finalists will compete to become named the ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion!

The MARTK’D ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion will receive an educational scholarship + merch.


WHAT: MARTK’D- Sneaker Design Tournament  

WHEN: Wednesday October 12th 2016, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE:  OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON
416-977-6000 ext. 4869
40 Artists. 10 Schools. 3 Rounds. 20 Mins to Create. 1 Champion. Poster with event info and sponsors

Industrial Design student needs your vote in Sneaker Championship!

Rendering of sneaker by Artur Wrona, design student
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 4:00am

Artur Wrona, a second year Industrial Design student, has made it to the second round of competition in the World Sneaker Championship held by Pensole Footwear Design Academy in conjunction with Foot Locker.

The top 64 designs were announced Sunday March 20, voting continues through Thursday, March 24. Entries come from all over the world, including Poland, Hong Kong Sweden and Mexico.

Wrona describes his sneaker design:

“Inspired by Vancouver’s urban and natural landscapes, this lifestyle sneakerboot features a premium wool felt upper along with a lacing system that wraps around the perimeter of the midfoot allowing the wearer to lace the shoe in as many different ways as he can imagine.”

Cassels Brock Pitch Competition

Cassels Brock Pitch Competition
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

OCAD U CO and Imagination Catalyst would like to invite you to our new office space at Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts to participate in our
7th annual Cassels Brock Pitch Competition.

The competition will showcase new startups founded by OCAD U alumni who will compete for $5000 in start-up funding.

The event runs from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in our new innovation campus space at Daniels Waterfront: City of the Arts building at 130 Queens Quay East and Lower Jarvis.


Venue & Address: 
Daniels Waterfront: City of The Arts. 130 Queens Quay East M5A 3Y5 Toronto, Ontario
416-977-6000 x4258
New Waterfront innovation campus

Results from several industry competitions have just been announced!

Photo by Aliya Ghare
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 - 2:00pm



Congratulations to 4th year students Aliya Ghare (see above image), Jinke Wang, Francesca Chan, and 3rd year student, Lily Snowden-Fine, all of whom have work chosen to appear online as part of The American Illustration archive at

Their illustrations were among 315 images chosen from over 8,000 submitted worldwide. This year’s distinguished jury included: Damien Correll, Google; Jim Datz, The New York Times Op-Ed; Phoebe Flynn Rich, Rachel Ray Everyday; Alison Forner, Simon and Schuster; Na Kim, Farrar, Straus and Giroux; Michael Mrak, Scientific American; and Ivylise Simones, WIRED.




Toko Hosoya, 2nd yr student, was awarded The Society of Illustrators 60 (Professional show), GOLD AWARD, for the Uncommissioned category. Toko also had work chosen for the 2018 Student Scholarship Exhibition. Lily Snowden-Fine was awarded for 2 pieces and is the recipient of the Nancy Lee Rhodes Roberts Scholarship Award which comes with a $5,000.00 cash prize. Exhibiting this May in New York’s Museum of American Illustration with Toko and Lily, will be 4th yr students Adam De Souza and Jisu Lee, 3rd yr student Eryn Lougheed Crowell, and 2nd yr student Mia November. 


The winning images were selected from 8,700 entries submitted by American and Canadian universities. A jury of professional peers, including illustrators and art directors chose the most outstanding works created in 2017-18.





Andrew Watch, ILLU 2017, won the BRONZE AWARD and a Merit. Varvara Nedilska, 3rd yr student, won a Distinguished Merit and 2 Honorable Merits. Adam de Souza was awarded a Distinguished Merit and multiple Honorable Mentions. Aliya Ghare, Cindy Lee, Cameron Miller, Ann Sheng, Lily Snowden-Fine were awarded Merits. Varvara Nedilska and Cindy Lee, ILLU 2017, both won multiple Honorable Mentions, while Jisu Lee and ILLU 2017 graduates Christopher Dupon-Martinez, Anna Kwan and Adam Marin were awarded individual Honorable Mentions. 


3x3 is the first publication devoted entirely to the art of contemporary illustration. Published in the United States and distributed worldwide, its sole interest is in sharing what’s shaping international illustration.





Francesca Chan and Jenn Woodall, 4th yr students, were runners up for CQ51. Sarah Mason, 4th yr, was a winner and runner up, while Olivia Di Gregorio, 3rd yr, and Cameron Miller, ILLU 2017, were runners up for CQ50. Erin McCluskey, ILLU 2017, was a runner up for CQ49. And Janine Kwok (4th yr) and Chris Tu, 3rd yr, were runners up for CQ48.


Creative Quarterly is an international journal focussing on promoting the work of the creative community.




Varvara Nedilska and Eryn Lougheed Crowell won student awards for 2017. Winners for 2018 will be announced in the summer.

Applied Arts has been published in Canada since 1986 to a readership of 46,000 creative and marketing professionals.




Design Exchange Student Competition

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 4:45pm

We hope that you will share this competition with your students, it is an excellent opportunity for them to think practically in their field, meet experts in their field, exposure, experience for their CVs, and the winning cash awards AND they can submit projects that were made for course-assignments!


About Connect: ONTRACK


This year, students studying in all design disciplines are invited to submit proposals that imagine barrier-free features for public transportation in Ontario that are accessible to the greatest number of individuals.


Participation is open to all currently enrolled students studying design (including, but not limited to: industrial, architecture, graphic, digital, interior, and landscape) at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Ontario in a college or university program.


The overall prize is $2K, and 12 additional prizes from $1.5K (4), $1K (4), and $500 (4). These winners will also have their work exhibited at Design Exchange and honoured at an Awards Ceremony at DX. Students can submit individually or as a group (in which case cash prizes are divided equally). It is free to submit

Attached is the competition brief, which we hope you will share with your students. If you or your students have any questions please contact Sophie Quick at


Hult Prize 2018: Quarter Final Campus Competition at OCAD University

Hult Prize Challenge: Harnessing the Power of Energy
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm

We are proud to announce the annual Hult Prize Quarterfinals Campus Competition at OCAD University: 

In partnership with the United Nations, the Hult Prize Foundation has created the world’s largest student movement and crowdsourcing platform dedicated to solving the most pressing social challenges on the planet. The 2018 Global Finals awards a winning team with 1 million USD in start-up capital and world renowned business-design mentorship. A quarterfinal round of the Hult Prize competition showcases diverse teams of brilliant minds with big ideas from across OCAD University. The winning team gets to by pass 20,000 plus applicants and fast track to regionals! 

Come compete with your team or simply join us on Saturday December 9th 2017 to watch the next wave of social entrepreneurs! 

Free admission

Register your team here:

Application deadline: Wednesday, December 6th 

Venue: Auditorum Rm. 190, 100 McCaul

Snacks and socializing! 

#hp18ocadu #PowerforGood

#Socent #HultPrizeEffect 

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Rm. 190 100 McCaul Street
Hult Prize Challenge: Harnessing the Power of Energy


Design Competition: Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 11:45am

​Design Exchange and Disney invite students studying at OCAD University to participate in a design competition to win a chance to collaborate with Disney at EDIT this fall.

Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future envisions a not-so-distant future that focuses on a contemporary and sustainable way of living. Submissions should thoughtfully consider sustainable solutions to interior and industrial design while simultaneously communicating Mickey Mouse's personality. 

The winning submission will be fabricated and exhibited in Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future at EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology, an unprecedented, 10-day international design festival that explores how design, innovation and technology can address today's global issues and envision a world where all people prosper. From September 28 to October 8, EDIT will transform 150,000 sq.-ft. space at East Harbour (formerly Unilever Soap Factory) in Toronto into exhibitions, workshops, talks and architectural installations.

Currently enrolled OCAD U students and 2017 graduates may submit projects individually or as a group (maximum four students per group submission).

Extended deadline: Sunday, August 13 2017, 11:59 p.m.

Questions? Contact Carla Rojas in the Faculty of Design at


Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future is presented by Design Exchange in partnership with Mickey Mouse and the Walt Disney Company of Canada, and produced by Giant Containers. Partners: OCAD University and Giant Containers. ​

For more information about EDIT, click here.

EDIT Design Exchange


Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

The format is as follows:

Two qualifying rounds will consist of 20 artists each, 40 artists in total.

The top four artists from each round, voted on by the crowd, will advance to the finals.

The eight finalists will compete to become named the ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion!

The MARTK’D ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion will receive an educational scholarship + merch.


WHAT: MARTK’D- Sneaker Design Tournament  

WHEN: Wednesday October 12th 2017, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE:  OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 

11 OCADU Illustration, Graphic Design and MAAD Students, Finalists at Adobe Awards

Monday, June 5, 2017 - 11:15am

11 OCADU Illustration, Graphic Design and MAAD Students have been shorlisted for the Adobe Design Achievement Award.

Aliya Ghare - Illustration
Highway Of Tears. Social Impact - Photography / Print / Illustration / Graphic
Moth Holes. Social Impact - Photography / Print / Illustration / Graphic

Ka Young Lee Lee - Illustration
Odd One In. Fine Art - Illustraton

Salwa Majoka - Illustration
Technological Sanctuary. Fine Art - Illustration

Jon Iñaki - Illustration
Sigil For Strong Bones. Commercial - Print / Graphic / Illustration

Ashley Proulx - Graphic Design
Design As Experiment. Commercial - Print / Graphic / Illustration
Data Visualization - Child Labour. Social Impact - Photography / Print / Illustration / Graphic

Aqil Raharjo - Graphic Design
Knots Tie Neckwear Packaging. Commercial - Packaging Design
The Ultimate Donuts Subway Map. Commercial - Print / Graphic / Illustration

Regan O'Connell - Graphic Design
"Perspectype" 3D Alphabet. Fine Art - Graphic Design / Print

Cindy Lee - Illustration
Family. Fine Art - Illustration

Jasmine Jeung - Illustration
#Fakenews 2017 Pandemic. Social Impact - Web / App / Game Design

Fylbert Marion Tan - Graphic Design
The Reyes Global Trade Inc. Logo and Patterns. Fine Art - Graphic Design / Print

Olivia Wong - MAAD
Void. Fine Art - Graphic Design / Print