O-DAYS! Welcome Day

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 9:00pm

The Campus Life and OCAD Student Union (OCAD SU) collaborative WELCOME DAY sees nearly 1,000 new and first-year undergrads descending upon campus to kick off the 2019/2020 academic year!

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Participation is encouraged but not mandatory.
There will be no Photo ID or Locker Rental services on Welcome Day.

FREE > No RSVP required.

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE
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O-DAYS! Workshop: Compass--Navigating your First Year

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, August 30, 2019 - 4:00pm

Facilitated by the Writing & Learning Centre

Due to the limited number of spaces, you must be able to attend both days of COMPASS in order to register. Lunch is provided for both days.

COMPASS is an in-depth and interactive two-day event for new first-year students. Through short workshops, hands-on activities, games and social opportunities, we aim to help you transition to your first year at OCAD U. Sessions may cover topics such as:

  • first year: what to expect
  • strategies for success
  • accessing available resources and support
  • managing your time and energy
  • communicating with your instructors
  • critique: the students’ perspective
  • note-taking, reading, and writing strategies
  • life on campus: Q&A with upper year students

COMPASS is open to any first-year student (to a maximum of 70 students) but may be especially helpful for students who have had a break in their schooling, who are the first in their family to attend post-secondary, or who don’t have a background in art and design education (such as through their high school).

Due to the limited number of spaces, you must be able to attend both days of COMPASS in order to register. Lunch is provided for both days.

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity!

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
Room 512, Level 5, 113 McCaul Street (MCC) Above Grange Food Court
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Cost: 
FREE
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O-DAYS! Exchange Student Welcome

Friday, August 30, 2019 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Are you an Exchange Student?

New Exchange Students are invited to this session to get important information about academics, health insurance and more. OCAD U students who have studied abroad will be there with helpful advice. Watch your email for details.

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
international@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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O-DAYS! Campus Life Connect U

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

This social activity is designed as an informal social opportunity to connect those new undergrads who may wish meet and connect with others in advance of the Labour Day weekend and Welcome Day (Tuesday, September 3). This activity is hosted by Campus Life and Student Mentor Program and pizza* will be served. All new first-year undergrads are welcome! Special guest and inspirational speaker Andy Thibodeau will enlighten and entertain!

A brief 45-minute Campus Tour will depart at 5 p.m., led by OCAD U Peer Mentors.

FREE> Click here to RSVP and attend this activity!

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St. (SPA) or access via Grange Food Court, 113 McCaul St. (MCC)
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE
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O-DAYS! Workshop: Managing your Time and Energy

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Facilitated by the Writing & Learning Centre

A re-organization of your time, energy and resources is an important part of the transition to OCAD U. In this free workshop, we will discuss strategies and tips on how to organize your time, set realistic goals and gain insight into your personal work style. We will engage in hands-on activities that will assist you in setting priorities, developing a schedule and managing your stress for the years ahead. Participants should bring their course schedules and any day-timers or calendars they currently use.

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity!

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, Level 2, 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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O-DAYS! International Student Welcome

Thursday, August 29, 2019 - 10:30am to 3:00pm

Are you an International Student?

Join us at OCAD U’s annual International Student Welcome to learn about life in Toronto, working in Canada, health insurance and much more! Staff from the Office of International Student Support and current OCAD U international students will be there to give you advice and answer your questions. Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, August 27 or Thursday, August 29, 2019

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
OR
1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The same session will be held four times, but you only need to attend once. Choose the day and time you would like to attend.

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity! 

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
international@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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O-DAYS! International Student Welcome

Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Are you an International Student?

Join us at OCAD U’s annual International Student Welcome to learn about life in Toronto, working in Canada, health insurance and much more! Staff from the Office of International Student Support and current OCAD U international students will be there to give you advice and answer your questions. Snacks will be provided.

Tuesday, August 27 or Thursday, August 29, 2019

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
OR
1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The same session will be held four times, but you only need to attend once. Choose the day and time you would like to attend.

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity! 

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick St.or access via Grange Foodcourt, 113 McCaul St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
international@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
FREE
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O-DAYS! Workshop: Academic Essentials for First-year

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Facilitated by the Writing & Learning Centre

This free workshop that offers hands-on exercises that will give you the opportunity to build essential tools for success in your first year courses at OCAD U. We will look at critical reading, taking lecture notes and introduction to critique.

FREE > Click here to RSVP and attend this activity!

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
Room 230, Level 2, 100 McCaul St.
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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O-DAYS! 2019

Monday, August 26, 2019 - 12:15pm to Friday, September 6, 2019 - 11:45pm

Be sure to check the orientation schedule page and register to attend (where required) a variety of optional workshop and social/connection opportunities!

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/orientation
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Cost: 
Free
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OCAD Artist Alley Show & Sale

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

This student-run initiative will showcase talent from current upper-year students and alumni from across all programs. Support emerging local artists and enjoy an afternoon shopping for unique art! 

See event listing for more details. Follow @ocadartistalley on Instagram for previews. 

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall, Level 2, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
http://www.facebook.com/ocadartistalley
Email: 
ocadartistalley@gmail.com
Cost: 
Free admission
updated Artist Alley Poster 2019

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