Experiential Learning Info Session

Interested in an Experiential Learning Placement for summer 2020? We’re hosting an overview info session this month to answer all your questions and guide you through the process!

Experiential Learning Info Session

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Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Interested in an Experiential Learning Placement for summer 2020?

We’re hosting an overview info session this month to answer all your questions and guide you through the process! We’ll cover:

  • What is Experiential Learning?
  • What’s the difference between a Placement Course and a Field Placement?
  • How do I find a placement partner?
  • What kind of support is available to me throughout this process?
  • What are other kinds of Experiential Learning that OCADU offers?
  • + More!


As part of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, the Experiential Learning Program offers a continuous approach to bridging formal studies with opportunities for professional, personal and civic growth.

Experiential Learning at OCAD U is informed by considered responses, guided self-reflection and critical action. More specialized than traditional co-ops, the program is structured to respond to the individuality of students’ needs and goals. Supported by the Experiential Learning Program team, students learn to take an empathetic and informed approach to building their professional community. Sign up to learn more about how you can gain valuable experience to benefit your creative career.

*The deadline to apply for a 2020 Summer Field Placement is April 3.




Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul, OCAD U

OCAD Design Students Collaborate on DesignTO's 10 Year Anniversary Look

DesignTO bus advertisement rendering.
Thursday, January 2, 2020 - 12:00am

This year, DesignTO partnered with OCAD University’s Design4 program to create look and feel of the festival’s 10th Anniversary. Working closely with DesignTO and visual communications agency aftermodern.lab, this year’s refreshed look and feel builds on the existing DesignTO aesthetic, but with a fresh point of view. Design4 introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for Faculty of Design Undergraduate students in their third of fourth year of study, or students at the Master’s level. Three students, Edwina Mui, Minju Roh, and Tanveer Sobnack were selected to participate in this project.  

With a general understanding of the DesignTO identity, the design process began with research, pulling inspiration from the existing DesignTO logo, the city of Toronto, and the work of other artists. After completing their research, the team began brainstorming and mood boarding design ideas and mapping out the purpose of the design.

Learn more about this collaboration at DesignTO’s blog.

DesignTO is Canada’s largest annual celebration of design with over 100 exhibitions and events forming Toronto’s design week, January 17–26, 2020.


Writing Across the Curriculum Roundtable

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 12:00pm

Title: Scaffolding Undergraduate Creative Experiential Learning: Effective Practices and Lessons Learned from a First-year Design Studio.

Presenters: Saskia van Kampen, FoD


This presentation will examine how the use of scaffolded assignments helped students adapt to new ways of learning and making. These assignments incorporate writing across the curriculum theory (WAC) and strategies for student learning. An important issue that this research raises is that creative processes are not chronological—they vary depending on the assignment and the individual student. This creates a variety of challenges that need to be addressed in advance of or during an assignment that is scaffolded. The central question focusing this research is: Can creative design processes, so unique to individuals, be scaffolded and if so how?

Venue & Address: 
Writing & Learning Centre Room 512 113 McCaul
WAC Roundtable March 22