OCAD University's 102nd Graduate Exhibition (GradEx)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 6:30pm to Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 5:00pm

This year, GradEx is a five-day exhibition spread across three buildings on campus including the iconic Sharp Centre for Design. The university will throw open its doors, inviting the community to see works by the creative minds of OCAD U’s Class of 2017.

Students from undergraduate and graduate programs will show their final thesis work to an audience of more than 40,000 guests, some of whom attend the show to recruit new talent for their own galleries and firms.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. 113 McCaul St. 115 McCaul St.
Gradex 102 Poster

Industrial Design Online Fundraiser

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 3:45pm

Fourth Year Industrial Design Students at OCAD University have an ongoing online campaign to help them fund this year's GradEx.


You can support this/see more here.

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Alumni Lounge at GradEx

Alumni Lounge at GradEx 2017
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

OCA/OCAD/OCAD U alumni are invited back to campus on May 6 for the 6th annual Alumni Lounge at GradEx.

Come enjoy catered refreshments and a comforting space to take a break from the hustle and bustle of GradEx. Meet and mingle with fellow alumni from across departments and the decades. There will be kid-friendly activities available. We'll also have members of the volunter-run Alumni Association so you can meet them and learn more about how to get involved as a volunteer.

**New location for 2017** Please note we'll be in Room 284 (Level 2) at 100 McCaul.

Please note that while this event is complimentary, registration is required via the secure link above in order to enter the Alumni Lounge.

Alumni Lounge at GradEx is presented by OCAD U Alumni Relations with generous support from TD Insurance.


Venue & Address: 
Room 284, 100 McCaul Street Toronto ON

Are you ready for GradEx?

In case you missed it, OCAD U’s GradEx Information Package has everything you need to know to succeed

GradEx 102 Needs You! Student Monitor Paid Positions

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 - 9:45am

Response Deadline: Friday, March 31, 2017


Attention Students!*

It’s that time of year again! We’re hiring student monitors to work during the 102nd Annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx), which is open to the public from Wednesday, May 3rd 2017 to Sunday, May 7th 2017.

Student monitor shifts are available starting Tuesday, May 2nd 2017, and continuing through to Monday, May 8th 2016.

Work includes setup, greeting and directing visitors, and more! 

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate 102 years of talent at GradEx and to work on a team.

Smart Serve Certification:
While not required for all positions is a bonus.

Students are required to complete a mandatory training session on Wednesday, April 26, 2:00PM – 3:00PM. This is a paid training session.

In addition, all monitors selected to work during GradEx will be required to complete an Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) online customer service learning module: http://access.cou.ca/#    


Student Monitor Pay Rate:
$13.38 per hour

Meghana Ravi

In your response, please include your:

  • Availability
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Year of study
  • Indicate if you are Smart Serve certified
  • Indicate if you are legally eligible to work in Canada and possess a Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • If you have worked as a student monitor in the past

* Fourth-year and graduate students who are exhibiting in the Graduate Exhibition are expected to be with their displays throughout the event.




GradEx 102 creative revealed

Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Photo of Dalbert B. Vilarino
Photo of Dalbert B. Vilarino

Congratulations to Dalbert B. Vilarino!

 OCAD University congratulates fourth-year Illustration student Dalbert B. Vilarino, whose creative concept was selected to represent GradEx 102 this year. The selection process involved a multi-stage process of financial compensation for the selection and development of work.  An open call was posted to all OCAD U students in October 2016, inviting them to submit a creative proposal and samples of existing work. The process included a jury made up of faculty, staff, students and external industry experts which was further refined to take into account feedback. Final jury members were selected based on their understanding of issues of diversity, race, oppression and inclusion. 

The concept playfully captures the collaborative energy of both OCAD U’s diverse students and their creative practices. “The central action of the image is four people creating and collaborating on work that is highly creative and forward-thinking, as representative of the best aspects of OCAD U's student body,” says Vilarino. “Further, all of the activity is placed inside a large, surreal room, which has fragmented and disrupted planes to suggest the ability of the students to overcome the restraints of reality in producing the very best work in their respective fields."

More than 900 OCAD U artists and designers from the Class of 2017 will be exhibiting at the biggest GradEx ever – OCAD U’s 102nd from May 3 to May 7.

On behalf of the GradEx jury, OCAD University thanks all the students who submitted their concepts for consideration.

Students can learn more about the creative process at a discussion on March 6. Students can ask questions or provide feedback about  the process to determine this year's GradEx creative and meet the creative jury leadership.

Creative concept selected to represent GradEx 102

GradEx Information Forum

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The GradEx information forum for graduating students is Wednesday, March 29. 

This forum will have essential info about your participation in GradEx. Learn what the 102nd Annual Graduate Exhibition is all about and how you can capitalize on 40,000 people coming to see your work. the forum will cover the schedule of events, how to book equipment, and safety and security rules, among other important things you to need to know. An info package will be sent to you soon via your student email. 


Venue & Address: 
Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul St.
Gradex forum poster

GradEx Creative Process Discussion

Monday, March 6, 2017 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Questions or feedback about the process to determine this year's GradEx creative? Join us on Monday March 6 to meet the creative jury leadership.

Venue & Address: 
Room 322, 230 Richmond St. W.
Gradex forum poster

GradEx Creative Reveal

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

We'll be revealing the creative (the poster) for this year's GradEx on Wednesday, March 1. This is your chance to see the new creative before it's launched and to meet the student who designed it. 


Venue & Address: 
Auditorium, Room 190, 100 McCaul St.
Gradex forum poster