Digital Futures Alum Profiled by the Torontoist

Yifat Shaik
Friday, October 9, 2015 - 4:00am

OCAD U Digital Future’s alum, Yifat Skaik (MDes ’14), is already making waves within the city’s digital landscape. She was recently interviewed by the Torontoist for their I Want Your Job Series, as the current Toronto Public Library Innovator in Residence. Through her classes and lectures, Yifat is bringing intimidating practices, like 3D Modelling, to a general audience, helping Torontonians without any previous technical abilities create finished 3D models.

To learn more about Yifat’s work, and the Toronto Public Library Innovator in Residence position, check out her full profile on the Torontoist.

Congratulations Yifat!

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Image courtesy of Yifat Shaik.

First Capital Realty Public Sculpture Competition 2016

Poster with Nick Crombach's bronze goat sculpture
Monday, November 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 5:00am

First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket and drugstore anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, has made a substantial commitment to sponsoring a public sculpture competition available to all OCAD U students currently enrolled in 3rd and 4th year, Graduate Studies students, as well as recent graduates. Through this competition, in its 5th year running, First Capital Realty is offering the career defining opportunity of producing a sculptural work that will be prominently displayed on an exterior site of one of their shopping centres. In addition to providing an OCAD U student with this fantastic opportunity, one of First Capital Realty’s main goals of this collaboration is to "add aesthetic value to the property/ies and to enhance the experience of visitors to its centre."

This competition will commence on Monday, November 2, 2015.
The deadline for submissions is January 27, 2016
The winner of the competition will be announced on Monday, March 14, 2016

For Competition Guidelines, Site Plan, and Student Agreement, please see:

Grant Writing for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:30pm

This workshop will provide information about how to effectively structure the content of your research proposal, and how best to put your case study forward for your upcoming SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). It will be helpful to bring questions specific to your individual proposals along with a draft of your current research proposal.

Facilitator: Dr. Lynne Milgram.

Dr. Lynne Milgram’s research is rooted in anthropology, but lends itself to interdisciplinary collaborations of all kinds. Analyzing the commoditization of crafts, consumption and small-scale entrepreneurial activities in the northern Philippines, Milgram’s doctoral research traced the channels through which women exercise agency in their changing roles in craft production and trade with the advent of global market forces. Subsequently analyzing the socioeconomic and political impacts of microfinance development projects mounted throughout the Philippines, Milgram explored the relationship between the institutional claim to empowerment and the capacity of program structures to generate ‘real’ opportunities for women.
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For further details about scholarships and funding please click here:

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

Remote Access: If you wish to attend this workshop via GoToMeeting please email us and we will circulate the meeting invite link.


Dr. Lynne Milgram’s Bio (contd.)

Milgram’s ongoing projects examine Philippine women’s engagement in the global trade and consumption of secondhand clothing between the Philippines and Hong Kong and women’s work as street vendors. Both enterprises straddle legal/illegal practice and have emerged as growing arenas of labour given increasing rural-to-urban migration and declines in formal-sector jobs. Milgram’s most current project analyzes the shifting dynamics of urban trade livelihoods based on the sale of fresh produce. Here she highlights that the public market players, men and women, who activate these supply routes operate in a finely-tuned urban trading-scape – one that challenges the hegemony of governments’ framing of such trade approaches as “pre-modern” and inefficient. Milgram demonstrates that the vendors and marketers engaged in the aforementioned trades operationalize multiple work options to simultaneously negotiate their positions as sites of globally competitive economic activity and local struggles over state restructuring. Milgram makes her findings applicable for policy formation by government and non-government organizations seeking to sustain livelihood opportunities for women via a range of appropriate initiatives.

Lynne Milgram has published this research in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and edited volumes. She has guest edited special journal issues: Asian Studies Review (2005), “Edgy Things: Negotiating Borders and Identity in Asian Material Culture,” and City & Society (2014), “Norms, Networks, and Informality in the Urban Global South: Unmapping Regulatory Space.” Milgram has co-edited the following volumes: (with K. M. Grimes, 2000) Artisans and Cooperatives: Developing Alternative Trade for the Global Economy; (with R. Hamilton, 2007) Material Choices: Refashioning Bast and Leaf Fibers in Asia and the Pacific (2007); (with K. E. Browne, 2009) Economics and Morality: Anthropological Approaches; and (with K.T Hansen and W. E. Little, 2013) Street Economies of the Urban Global South. Material Choices won the TSA (Textile Society of America) Book of the Year Award, and Street Economies won the SAW (Society for the Anthropology of Work) Book of the Year Award.

Lynne Migram’s most current SSHRC awards include:

1. SSHRC Institutional Grant, Awarded by OCAD University Faculty Grant. From Market to Market: Filipino-Canadian Entrepreneurs Refashion Transnational Business Landscapes. One-year award from April 1, 2015-March 31, 2016.

2. 2015 SSHRC “Insight Grant,” Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Can-Phils CREATE (Canada-Philippines Collaborative Research on Alternative Transnational Economies). Co-applicant with Dr. Philip Kelly (PI) (York U).
Tenure of Award: 2015-2019.

3. 2012 (ongoing) SSHRC “Insight Research Grant,” Social Sciences and Humanities Research
Council of Canada. Contested Livelihoods: Food Provisioning Systems in Urban Southeast Asia. Principal Investigator. Tendure of Award: 2012-2016.

Lynne Milgram’s earlier SSHRC awards include: 1991-1995 (PhD Fellowship); 1998-2000 (SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship); 2000-2003 (SSHRC Standard Research Grant); 2004-2007 (SSHRC Standard Research Grant); 2008-2011 (SSHRC Standard Research Grant.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514, 5th floor, 205 Richmond Street West

OGS/SSHRC Information Session for Students

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Interested in applying for an SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide 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 to to reserve your spot!

Venue & Address: 
Room 420 205 Richmond Street West

OGS/SSHRC Information Session for Graduate Students

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Interested in applying for an SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies

For further details about scholarships and funding please visit:

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

Remote Access: If you wish to attend this workshop via GoToMeeting please email us and we will circulate the meeting invite link.

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Venue & Address: 
Room 420, 4th floor, 205 Richmond Street
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KAPSULA Press partners with OCAD University for a special issue

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

A special edition of KAPSULA Magazine will feature a selection of texts in association with OCAD University's Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories MA program at OCAD University. The issue will be released on September 18, 2015.

KAPSULA collaborates with OCAD University's Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories MA program (CADN) to publish interviews, papers and image-based works from their 2015 conference, Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... Disciplinary Fuzziness and the Future(s) of Art Criticism. The conference, held March 27-28, 2015, featured Keynote presentations from Dr. Sarah Thornton, author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts and Seven Days in the Art World and Canadian performance artist Brendan Fernandes. The conference explored the boundaries, binaries, and interdisciplinary practices that condition contemporary art and society.  Makers and thinkers participating in the conference addressed the ways art and its many disciplinary iterations continue to morph and change.

Special issues of KAPSULA have been created in collaboration with University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Art History Graduate Student Association of York University (AHGSAY). Released monthly, KAPSULA Magazine currently publishes more content focused on critical issues in contemporary art than any other publication in Toronto.

Digital Futures graduate students exhibit at City Hall anniversary

3D City Magic installation by Mehnaz Aydemir
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

1965 was a rather amazing year: Canada got its own flag, Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from Selma to Montgomery, Sonny & Cher released their hit single “I Got You Babe” and Toronto’s futuristic new City Hall opened for business.

As part of the 50th-anniversary celebrations for City Hall – one of Canada’s most distinct architectural landmarks – two students in OCAD University’s Digital Futures graduate program created and mounted installations (OCAD U was an official exhibit partner for the anniversary event).

Beam Me Up!

With her interactive installation Beam Me Up!, Monica Virtue sought to transport visitors through time. Inspired by the Star Trek transporter set, Virtue incorporated sensors and wireless radios, as well as videos she created from images drawn from the City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Film, Television and Digital Office.

3D City Magic

Mehnaz Aydemir’s interactive installation featured a replica of City Hall created on site during the day by a 3D printer. In addition, Aydemir produced a children’s game that involved participants selecting and holding Plexiglas models of 12 historic Toronto buildings and activating a screen that provided information on the structures they had selected.



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Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:00am to Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 4:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design University presents the 2015 Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the innovative, creative, human-centric thesis works from 12 graduating students.

The works on display frame an understanding that the digital future lies not solely within emerging technologies, but rather is catalyzed by the relationships we build, the communities we support and the people and processes that can be transformed through innovative technology and human experience combined.


Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, noon to 5 p.m.
Monday, April 20 to Wednesday, April 22, noon to 7 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Open Gallery, 49 McCaul Street, Toronto  

REB Workshop for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:00pm


Whether the research is unfunded or funded, whether the funding is internal or external, or whether the research will or will not be submitted for publication, Research Ethics Board approval is required.

This workshop will provide graduate student focused insight into the REB process.

Any OCAD U research that involves living human participants or human biological materials (whether from living or deceased individuals) must be reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the university. Research projects or pilots (including student projects/training, feasibility studies, etc.) conducted under the auspices of OCAD U and using human participants require ethics approval before the research may begin.

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Venue & Address: 
Room 7301 3rd Floor, 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
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3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

3 Minute Thesis Competition
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

An opportunity to present your thesis or MRP topic to the community, gain feedback, and network

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (or major research project) and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is an exercise in consolidating and clarifying research discoveries in a clear and compact manner.

OCAD University’s 3MT competition is an excellent opportunity for the OCAD U community to hear about the dynamic work of graduate students at OCAD U. Students will present concise summations of the research they are conducting for their thesis or MRP and how they are pushing the limits of traditional art, design and academia.
The competition will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Auditorium (Room 190) at 100 McCaul Street. The top two presenters will also represent OCAD University at the second annual, province-wide 3MT™ competition in April at McMaster University.

We hope to see you then!

Office of Graduate Studies
205 Richmond Street West, Level 5

3MT History
The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

During 2011 and 2012 the 3MT competition became even more widely known throughout the world and is now held in twelve countries.

See some of the past 3MT presentations from around the world here:

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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