Grant Writing for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm

This hands-on workshop givin by Dr. Lynne Milgram, will provide research proposal writing support and context for your upcoming CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). Please bring draft copies of your proposals to work on in the session.

B. Lynne Milgram is professor of anthropology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, OCAD University. Her research on gender, development and globalization in the Philippines analyzes the cultural politics of social change with regard to microfinance and to women’s work in crafts and in the secondhand clothing trade between the Philippines and Hong Kong. Her current urban-based research explores issues in formal/informal work, legal/illegal practice, the transformation of urban public space, and market modernization. Lynne has published her work widely in academic edited books and journals and since beginning her PhD studies in 1992, Lynne has had continuous financial assistance from a variety of granting bodies.

Please RSVP here.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514, 5th floor 205 Richmond Street West
416-977-6000 x4367

External Funding Workshop for Graduate Students

Dollar sign Clip
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Are you interested in applying for a CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide current OCAD University Graduate students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP here.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies

*Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please email so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514 205 Richmond Street West
416.977.6000 x4367

Feminists in Games (FIG)

Feminists in Games (FiG) is a SSHRC-funded network development grant in partnership with Dr Jennifer Jenson at York University. The purpose of the project is to gather an international research association of digital media researchers to better understand the origins and consequences of the gendered digital divide and intervene in its reproduction.

OCAD University Graduate Researcher Madeline Ashby is funded to produce research for distribution by FiG. For Great Justice is a manual for feminist activism in the video game culture, community, and industry. It chronicles and examines successful strategies for activism, including examples from Occupy Wall Street, the Riot Grrls, Pussy Riot, and others. It models these movements and highlights the most effective traits of each. It then advises on strategies for activism and agency within online gaming communities and corporate video game development environments. With these strategies in place, individuals and communities can work more effectively for gender justice at work, at home, and at play.

FiG has funded 5 proposals for projects to receive incubator funding listed at and Emma Westecott from OCADU will mentor the PsXXY¥borg (pro­nounced “cyborg”) project with game artist Hannah Epstein.


Materials and publications reviewed and created over the course of this project will be collected in the library of a group on the academic social bookmarking service zotero.

Reflections on research will be gathered on Tumblr for easy access, populated with links of interest and lengthier reflections on the design of compelling information interfaces.

Project Deliverable Downloads:

In development.

Project blog:

Poster with blue bands for the event
Monday, September 10, 2012 - 7:15pm
Lab Member: 
Madeline Ashby

Diverse Directions: 2016 Master of Inclusive Design Exhibit

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 4:00am

About the Delta cohort, Masters of Inclusive Design, 2016: Unique in perspective and talented in a diversity of fields, together the cohort found synergies to inform their individual ideations as they embedded the three dimensions of Inclusive Design in their projects: 1. Recognize diversity; 2. Inclusive process and tools; 3. Broader beneficial impact.

Visit the Exhibit and learn how these promising inclusive designers are making the world a more diversity-friendly and inclusive place.

Opening Hours: May 12 to 15, 11:00am to 6:00pm daily

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St.
DIVERSE DIRECTIONS poster with event info and letter X made of triangles

Mary Baumstark - OCAD U's 3MT Winner

Mary Baumstark
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 4:00am

Mary Baumstark, graduate student in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program will join twenty doctoral and master’s degree students from across Ontario to present his/her research at the provincial finals of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT Ontario) on April 14 in Waterloo. 

The 3MT is a communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT challenges students to explain their research in plain language in just three minutes. This is not an easy task considering a full graduate thesis can be 80,000 words in length.

The 20 competitors in the provincial competition are all winners of local competitions hosted by every university in Ontario.

Sitting across from the competitors will be a panel of judges with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Invoking images of “American Idol,” the 3MT Ontario judges will score the quality of the presentations and the presenters’ ability to engage the audience. The judges for the 3MT Ontario are:

  • Rob Baker, guitarist for the Tragically Hip
  • David Meyers, chief executive officer of Iceberg Vodka
  • Susan Anzolin, chief financial officer for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
  • Ken Steele, chief futurist at Eduvation
  • Gohar Ashoughian, university librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

The judges will select winners of the 3MT Ontario, who will receive $2,000 in total prize money. As well, the top five presenters will move onto the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

The 3MT is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and is open to the public. More information can be found at

The event will be livestreamed, starting at 10:00 AM, on Thursday, April 14 -


More about the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Program:


Hello from Richmond 205

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 4:00am

Playfully, hello = hi = hey = how are you = what’s up = friends...

HELLO acknowledges that this is the first cohesive introduction of the 2015 /2016 MFA and MDES Interdisciplinary program’s work to the larger OCAD student body and faculty.
Initially considered to be a shout to attract attention, the word “hello” continues to grow in its potential to signify inclusivity as well as speak to the wonderful diversity of knowledge, skill sets, and perspectives represented through the work.
We invite you to engage with the show and then say “hello” so that we can continue the conversations that work to inform our evolving practices.

Written on behalf of IAMD first year cohort by
Jill Price (BFA 93, OT 2007, MFA 2017)

Exhibiting Artists and Designers

  • Fallon Andy
  • Carlina Chen
  • Tom Feiler
  • Quendrim Hoti
  • Karina Iskandarsjah
  • Iveta Karpathyova
  • Pascaline J. Knight
  • Max Lupo
  • Mariam Magsi
  • Annette Mangaard
  • Alexandra Majerus
  • Julian Majewski
  • Jill Price
  • David Constantino Salazar
  • Eli Schwanz
  • Samantha Sherer
  • Katrina Tompkins
  • Mel Worku


Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall - 100 McCaul
Poster for 1st Year IAMD Student Exhibition Hello From Richmond 205

Destination: Tomorrow

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:00pm

Join us for the fourth annual Digital Futures’ Masters’ program thesis exhibition, Destination : Tomorrow, showcasing 22 graduate students’ thesis work. This year’s exhibition is rich with digital storytelling, innovative geo-locative interactions and mind-expanding travels in Augmented Reality (AR). Come see how innovation and technology in the 21st century brings us together and changes the way we interact with the world around us.

Public Gallery Hours:
April 16 & 17: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
April 18 & 19: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
April 20: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

More about the Digital Futures' Graduate Program:



Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery @ 49 McCaul, Toronto
Poster for DF Graduate Student Group Thesis Exhibition

Hadley+Maxwell Artist Talk

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


March 31, 2016

12:00 PM

Room 320, 205 Richmond

Please join us for an artist talk by acclaimed Canadian artists Hadley+Maxwell. Currently based out of Berlin, Hadley+Maxwell’s installations, performances and writings employ diverse media to rework iconic images and traditional forms as they are expressed in pop-cultural, artistic and political movements. They cut into reified narratives via direct touch, transposition and refiguration, putting into play the absences cast in relief.

Hadley+Maxwell have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver, Canada, in 1997. Public presentations of their work have included solo exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Kunstverein Göttingen (Germany), Smart Project Space (Amsterdam), and Project Art Centre, Dublin, and group exhibitions at galleries and festivals including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kunstraum München, the Power Plant (Toronto), the National Gallery of Canada, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (France), Witte de With (Rotterdam), the 4th Marrakech Biennale and the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

This Spring, the artists will unveil a major new public sculpture commission entitled The Garden of Future Follies at Front and Bayview in the Lower Don Lands.

This talk is presented by the Office of Graduate Studies at OCAD University.

Venue & Address: 
Room 320, 205 Richmond Street West
416-977-6000 X4366
HADLEY+MAXWELL poster with event info

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is a fast paced and exciting competition that challenges graduate students to distill the significance of their thesis work/research project to three minutes for a panel of judges and a diverse audience.

The Competition will be held on March 9th beginning at 9am sharp in the Student Gallery at 52 MCCAUL STREET. 


OCAD U Master's students who have  an approved Thesis  or Major  Research Project (MRP) proposal on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.
Deadline for Submissions is: Wednesday March  2nd, 2016


In three minutes or  less convey the  essence  and  significance of your  Thesis  or  MRP research using  only  a single slide. The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, on Thursday April 14, 2016.


  • The   top   presenter  will   receive $750  as  well   as  training  and travel support to  attend the regional competition at Wilfred Laurier  in April.
  • The  runner up  will  receive $500 and travel support to attend the provincial event.
  • The "People's Choice" award winner will receive a $100 gift  card, this award is voted on by the audience.


  • Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies to request an  application form.
  • You  must  submit a completed 3MT   application form to the Office of Graduate Studies (digi­tally) no later than Wednesday March  2nd, 2016
  • Please contact the  Office of Graduate Studies with any  questions
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
    • no animation or movement
    • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files)
    • No additional props (e.g. costumes or instruments)
  • Must present in-person
  • Must relate directly to student’s thesis/dissertation research
  • Presentations limited to 3 minutes
  • Adjudicating panel decisions are final


To learn more about 3MT, visit  their website

Check out UBC’s 3MT page with tips on competing in 3MT:
Check out the 3MT videos from around the world here:


Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
416-977-6000 x 423
3MT Poster

Come to our Info Nights!

Graduate Programs Info Night
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

Check out our Info Night schedule below, and register for the program/s of interest to you:

Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Thursday November 12, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Thursday November 19, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Tuesday November 24, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Inclusive Design
Tuesday November 24, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Thursday November 26, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Design for Health
Thursday November 26, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Digital Futures
Tuesday December 01, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM