GradEx 2017 creative – Call for submissions

GradEx 2017 Call for Creative
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 - 4:00am

Open to all current OCAD University students

Showcase your talent by submitting an application to design the creative concept for GradEx 2017. The selected design will be used on posters, the event website, ads and other promotional materials. This is a great opportunity to have your work featured at one of Canada’s largest art, design and digital media exhibitions, and for your design to capture the energy, creativity, and hard work of the 2017 graduating class.

It’s simple:

  1. Send us a written proposal that outlines your approach in terms of design process and inspiration (one page maximum), include your current resume and examples of your work. The selection committee will be judging your application based on your existing work, only.
  2. Three selected students will receive $500 each to develop their approach. Selections will be made based on your ideas, resumes and existing work.
  3. The student whose work will be used in GradEx 2017 promotional materials will receive $2000 for their concept. OCAD U will be responsible for producing the promotional materials (posters, ads, etc.) and will cover associated costs.

Submit your concept by November 1, 2016

Submission details at


Submission Key Dates

Stage 1: Proposal Outline
Deadline date for submission November 1, 2016.


Stage 2: Jury Selection of Three Submissions
Three students will be selected and notified by phone and email by November 9, 2016


Stage 3: Further Development
Each of the three selected students will be paid $500 to further develop their approach which will be due for submission November 23, 2016. Further briefing details around the creative development will be provided at this time and the three selected student will be asked to sign a participation agreement.


Stage 4: Final Jury Selection
Upon further review of the concepts developed by the three selected students, one of the three will be selected by the jury to be used in promoting GradEx 2017 and the student will be paid $2000. This selection will be made by November 30, 2016.


Selection Criteria and Process

All proposals will be evaluated based on creativity of approach (submission), experience and qualifications (resume), and previous works (submitted samples of existing work). A jury comprised of faculty, students and external industry members will make up the selection committee. Following selection of the three students, they will be asked to mock-up the final design which will then be presented for final selection by the Jury.  OCAD University has the right to refuse the final design.


Submission Details
Full info, including how to submit can be found at:


Open to all existing OCAD University students

Venue & Address: 
GradEx 2017 Call for Creative

Student Monitors Needed for GradEx (Paid Positions)

Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 4:00am to Thursday, May 1, 2008 - 4:00am

UPDATE: 90% of the positions have been filled! There are still a couple positions available on the evening of Thursday, May 8, but Smart Serve training is required for these positions. You can learn more about Smart Serve at the link below. Thank you!!
The Marketing & Communications department at OCAD is hiring a team of student monitors to help with preparations for the annual Graduate Exhibition, which is open to the public from Friday to Sunday, May 9 to 11.

Student monitor shifts are available starting Tuesday, May 6, until Monday, May 12. Work includes hanging signage, setting up displays, counting, greeting and directing visitors, collecting surveys, selling bar tickets, take-down and more.

Smart-Serve training, while not required, is an asset.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the Graduate Exhibition behind the scenes—-to see what you’ll be preparing for when you reach Fourth-year!

Students are required to complete an Orientation session.

Sarah Mulholland, Marketing &
416-977-6000 x 327 or
Please include your availability, and indicate if you are Smart-Serve certified!

* Fourth-year students who have work in the Graduate Exhibition are expected to be with their displays throughout the event. Fourth-year students not participating in the show itself are welcome to work as Student Monitors.


OCAD Graduate Exhibition Visual Brainstorming Workshop

Friday, February 1, 2008 - 11:30pm to Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 2:30am

Regardless of year, department, or major, we are calling on all OCAD students to be involved with this year's grad show. Come out on Friday, February 1 for a chance to have fun, meet other students, eat free food, and flex your creative muscles. The focus for this workshop is to develop the visuals to go along with the theme that has been chosen based on the submissions we received. We want this to be exciting and engaging for all involved, but it is also a chance to really improve upon the grad show and make it our own. For those of you who are not graduating this year, it's a great chance for you to get a glimpse at what's involved in putting on the grad show thereby making your own grad show that much better. Did I mention there's free food!?

Check your student email for more detailed information and to find out the chosen theme or just show up and share your creativity!

If you are interested in joining the grad committee or have any questions or concerns please email Grad Committee meetings are held every Monday from 3-5 and Thursday from 9-11:30. Please feel free to come out!

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario

GradEx 101 draws 40,000 visitors

Group shot of medal winning students with Dr. Sara Diamond
Monday, May 9, 2016 - 5:30pm

From opening night on Wednesday, May 4 to closing on Sunday, OCAD University was teeming with excited visitors for its annual graduate exhibition, GradEx 101.

More than 900 students exhibited their thesis projects throughout the campus. On Wednesday night, special guests, medal winners and their friends and families joined faculty members for Celebrate Excellence, a private party where the names of medalists were announced.

In her speech, Laura Thipphawong, the first medal winner in the Visual and Critical Studies program, reflected on how the support and inspiration of faculty members and her peers influenced her. “Not only have they encouraged me in getting a head start in my career, being immersed in an environment centred on the things I truly care about has made a world of difference.”

“Tonight is an evening of great pride, where we give back to the city of Toronto through the presentation of the talent who will contribute to social, economic and cultural transformation here and far beyond,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor.

High school students came by the busload on Thursday and Friday, enjoying the wide range of art, design and digital media projects, some asking about the admissions process.

On Saturday, over 200 alumni, from the Class of 1952 to the Class of 2015, came back to campus to enjoy VIP treatment in the Alumni Lounge.

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Delaney Capital Management, First Capital Realty, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CP24 (Media Supporter), NOW (Media Supporter) and Steam Whistle Brewing (Event Supporter).





OCAD University celebrates the class of 2016

Installation of 50 damaged basketballs made of concrete
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 6:15pm

OCAD University is throwing its doors open for GradEx 101, a public exhibition and celebration of more than 900 graduating students, the next wave of creative thinkers, makers and collaborators.

One graduating student in each program is awarded the OCAD University medal acknowledging creativity, mastery of technique and high academic standards. This year, 21 medals will be awarded, the most ever, with 15 undergraduate and 6 graduate programs acknowledging excellence among their students.

“I am so proud to show Toronto the accomplishments of this group of talented creative thinkers who have grown and flourished with the support of the university’s faculty and academic staff, experts in their respective fields,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor. “Increasingly, from the public sector to large corporations, leaders are turning to artists and designers to explore the human interface of their products and services and to solve problems.”

Medal-winning thesis projects include a vast installation of concrete basketballs, questioning the meaning of Blackness in athletics; unsettling paintings that reinterpret popular folklore; and a portable “toolkit” of bowls and implements that allow for home cooking away from home.

The winners showcase their works along with those of their peers in the iconic Sharp Centre for Design at 100 McCaul St. and three additional campus galleries at 49, 52 and 60 McCaul St.

GradEx 101 runs Wednesday, May 4, to Sunday, May 8. The public is invited to opening night celebrations on Wednesday, May 4, from 6:30 to 11 p.m.*

Admission is free.

For details and a complete event schedule, visit

2016 medal winners

Faculty of Art:

Faculty of Design:

Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences:

Graduate Studies:

  • Mary Callahan Baumstark – Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
  • Barbora Racevičiūtė – Criticism and Curatorial Practice
  • Monica Virtue – Digital Futures
  • Jacob Willow – Inclusive Design
  • Esmaa Mohamoud– Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design
  • Smriti Shakdher – Strategic Foresight and Innovation

OCAD University’s annual Graduate Exhibition is generously supported by Presenting Sponsor Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, Delaney Capital Management, First Capital Realty, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, CP24 (Media Supporter), NOW (Media Supporter) and Steam Whistle (Event Supporter).



New GradEx Creative Review

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Graduating students are invited to join the GradEx marketing team on Monday, April 11 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Auditorium for a presentation on a new creative concept representing your GradEx. We recognize how important this campaign is in representing you. This is your opportunity to provide your feedback.

Any questions can be sent to Kanyika Yorke at   

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St., Room 190 (Auditorium)

GradEx 101 Student Monitor Recruitment

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:00pm to Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00pm

GradEx 101 Needs You!

Student Monitor Paid Positions

Response Deadline: Friday, April 15, 2016

Attention First, Second and Third-year Students!*

It’s that time of year again! The Marketing & Communications department at OCAD University is hiring student monitors to work during the 101st Annual Graduate Exhibition (GradEx), which is open to the public from Wednesday, May 4th 2016 to Sunday, May 8th 2016.

Student monitor shifts are available starting Tuesday, May 3rd 2016, and continuing through to Monday, May 9th 2016.

Work includes hanging signage, setting up displays, counting, greeting and directing visitors, collecting surveys, selling bar tickets, taking down displays and more. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate 101 years of talent and to experience GradEx behind the scenes — to see what you’ll be preparing for when you reach your final year!

Smart Serve Certification:

While not required for all positions it is a definite bonus.


Students are required to complete a mandatory training session on Friday April 22, 2:00PM – 3:00PM. This is a paid training session.

Student Monitor Pay Rate: $13.38 per hour

Contact: Robin Buxton Potts, Public Affairs Coordinator
x 3020

In your response, please include:

  • 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 students who have work in the Graduate Exhibition are expected to be with their displays throughout the event

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St Toronto On
416 977 6000 x3020

GradEx Information Forum for Graduating Students

GRADEX101 Information Forum Banner
Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Are you graduating from OCAD U this year? Do you plan on showcasing your work in GradEx? Learn what the 101st annual Graduate Exhibition is all about and how you can capitalize on more than 30,000 people coming to see your work.

Thursday, March 31st
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Auditorium, Room 190
100 McCaul Street

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street Auditorium, Room 190
GradEx Needs You! poster with event info and photo of GradEx attendees

100th OCAD U Graduation Exhibition Award Winning Poster

Poster for the 100th GradEx
Friday, February 5, 2016 - 6:00pm

Gary Taxali's poster for the 100th OCADU Graduation Exhibition was accepted into the Communication Arts Illustration Annual! 

It's the professional illustration annual competition that gets the most entries (as it's international and has the most reach), and so being selected by the jury is a very nice honour.  It will be published in July of this year. For more information:

GradEx100 in the media

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 6:45pm

The 100th edition of OCAD U’s graduate exhibition did not go unnoticed by the Toronto media. Several journalists attended opening night as well as subsequent days of the show.  

The Globe and Mail’s Simona Chiose highlighted graduates from the Faculty of Art, while the Toronto Star’s urban issues columnist Christopher Hume took a closer look at Environmental Design.

BlogTO ran a photo essay on its top 30 art picks, while SheDoesTheCity featured a photo spread focusing on fashion and attendees.

CP24 broadcast live from the Great Hall interviewing medal winners starting at 7 a.m. and returned to capture the party wrap-up at the end of the night. These were just some of the media outlets that dropped in to capture the festive mood of the biggest GradEx ever.