National Portfolio Day

A teacher and student review a portfolio of work together at a table
Saturday, November 7, 2015 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It’s not a competition, and no offers of admission will be made. Bring your portfolio, of your best and most recent work, and have it critiqued by the school of your choice.

Portfolio Reviews begin at 12 noon - doors open at 11:45 a.m.

For more information please visit ocadu.ca/admissions.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Toronto ON
Cost: 
Admission is free, no pre-registration required

Digital Photography Portfolio Review

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 6:30pm

Digital Photography Portfolio Review
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
6:30 p.m.

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers.

Limited availability; advance registration required
Tickets available on Onsite Gallery’s Facebook page as of Tuesday, April 30 at noon


An opportunity for amateur and professional photographers alike to have a selection of their digital photography work reviewed by professional lens-based artists Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh. Each registered participant will be assigned a time slot with one of the three reviewers.

 

Kotama Bouabane’s photo-based art practice is approached in an experimental ethnographic context. He is interested in how specific cultures are constructed by investigating people, places and things through photography and images. Boubane likes to explore how images are presented and circulated and how this influences our perception of identity and location. The research that he conducts begins with personal experiences but also references the history and theory of photographic conventions both traditionally and contemporary. Truth and fiction are inherent within the nature of the photographic medium and his work aims to blur the line between the two.

Bouabane has an MFA in Studio Arts, Photography from Concordia University, Montreal and a AOCAD from OCAD. His work has been exhibited in many galleries including Centre A (Vancouver), The New Gallery (Calgary) and Gallery 44 Centre For Contemporary Photography (Toronto). He has received many awards and grants from the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council & the Canada Council for the Arts. He lives and works in Toronto.

April Hickox is a lens-based artist, teacher and independent curator who lives on the Toronto Islands. Over the course of over 35 years, April has mined the distinctions between personal and public sites through film, video, photography and installation. Her work with objects and still lives are rooted in narrative histories that individuals accumulate throughout their lives and the ability of inanimate objects to shape memory. Currently this direction in her work continues in both photographic and video works with Provenance Unknown, and Variations a series of video works exploring the studio still life.

Hickox is currently associate professor of photography at the Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto. An active community leader, the founding director of Gallery 44 Center for Contemporary Photography, and a founding member of Tenth Muse Studio, and Artscape Toronto. For the past five years she has been a member of the curatorial board of Art with Heart Casey House. Notable exhibitions include the, Harbourfrount Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery, The Maclaren Art Centre, The Oakville Galleries, Tom Thompson Memorial Art Gallery and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography. Most recently her video work was shown at the Surrey Gallery in B.C.

Meera Margaret Singh is a visual artist based in Toronto, Canada. She holds a BA in Anthropology, a BFA in Photography from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg in Canada and an MFA from Concordia University, Montreal in Canada. Singh has been the recipient of numerous residencies and awards, most notably several Canada Council for the Arts production/creation grants, an Ontario Arts Council mid-career grant, and a Toronto Arts Council visual arts grant. She has been a selected artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts; artist-in-residence at The Art Gallery of Ontario; artist-in-residence at 1Shanti Rd in Bangalore, India; artist-in-residence at JACA Residency, Brazil; selected artist in an international residency with German photographer Thomas Struth at the Atlantic Centre for the Arts, Florida; scholarship winner and participant in the Magnum Workshop with photographer Alessandra Sanguinetti; visiting artist/instructor at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India; McCain Artist-in-Residence at the OCAD University, Toronto. She has exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. She is currently an Assistant Professor at OCAD University.

 

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers
May 8 to August 18, 2019

Curated by Francisco Alvarez, Dorene & Peter Milligan Executive Director, OCAD U Galleries

T.M. Glass: The Audible Language of Flowers presents recent series of images by lens-based artist T.M. Glass that feature blooms and vessels from unique gardens across the globe. Glass' distinct photographic style is characterized by extensive digital embellishment of textures and colours to enhance the emotion and geometry of flowers. Recently, the artist’s large-scale flower images expanded into the third dimension through advanced 3-D printing technology. Inspired by 17th century European flower paintings, the artist contends that contemporary digital photographers are also painters who work with pixels instead of oils.

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays from noon to 8 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Onsite Gallery acknowledges that the gallery construction project is funded in part by the Government of Canada's Canada Cultural Spaces Fund at Canadian Heritage, the City of Toronto through a Section 37 agreement and Aspen Ridge Homes; with gallery furniture by Nienkämper. Onsite Gallery logo by Dean Martin Design.

 

Image (left to right): Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery (199 Richmond St. West)
Website: 
https://www.facebook.com/events/380821256100495/
Email: 
onsite@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000 x456
Cost: 
Free
Image (left to right): Kotama Bouabane, April Hickox and Meera Margaret Singh.

Tips and tricks to build a strong portfolio

Don't stress out! OCAD U student Olga Kholod talks to Casey Hinton about how to build a strong portfolio when you are applying to OCAD University

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National Portfolio Day

Sunday, November 16, 2008 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It’s not a competition, and no offers of admission will be made. Bring your portfolio containing no more than 15 pieces of your best work - and have it critiqued for potential admission to the art or design school of your choice.

What should you bring?
Include a variety of finished pieces in your portfolio that demonstrate your ability to work with a wide range of techniques, materials and subject matter. Drawings may be from direct observation, such as figure drawings, still life, interiors and landscapes. Work can use coloured pencils, pastels, watercolours, oil, acrylics, marker pens, collages, etc. In addition to finished pieces, your portfolio may include works in progress. Include a sketchbook to demonstrate your creative process and work habits (e.g., a creative journal that shows the development of particular work in your portfolio). Do not matt or frame your work, or worry about the presentation. The work itself is what is of interest.

No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered at National Portfolio Days.

Colleges and Universities attending OCAD's National Portfolio Day:
Academy of Art University, San Francisco CA
Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary AB
Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA
California College of the Arts, San Francisco CA
College for Creative Studies, Detroit MI
Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus OH
Concordia University - Faculty of Fine Arts, Montreal QC
Emily Carr University of Art & Design Vancouver BC
FIDM/the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles CA
Hartwick College, Oneonta NY
Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids MI
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield MI
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia PA
New York School of Interior Design, New York NY
NSCAD University, Halifax NS
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto ON
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles CA
Parsons Paris School of Art + Design, Paris France
Parsons the New School for Design, New York NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn NY
PrattMWP, Utica NY
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence RI
Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota FL
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco CA
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville ON
Syracuse University - College of Visual & Performing Arts, Syracuse NY
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
York University - Faculty of Fine Arts, Toronto ON
York University/Sheridan College joint program in Design, Toronto ON

Representatives from OCAD will attend the following National Portfolio Day events:
Sunday October 26, 2008 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Sunday October 26, 2008 at Syracuse University, College of Visual & Performing Arts
Saturday November 1, 2008 at Kendall College of Art & Design
Sunday November 9, 2008 at The Art Institute of Boston
Saturday November 15, 2008 at Pratt Institute
Sunday November 16, 2008 at Purchase College
Saturday December 6, 2008 at Emily Carr University

For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association please visit their website.

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

National Portfolio Day

Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It's not a competition, and no offers of admission will be made. Bring your portfolio containing no more than 15 pieces of your best work - and have it critiqued for potential admission to the art or design school of your choice.
OCAD will host National Portfolio Day on Saturday, November 17, 2007. Reviews will be held from 12 noon to 4 pm, and admission is free.
Colleges and Universities attending National Portfolio Day:
Alberta College of Art & Design, Calgary, AB
Alfred University, School of Art & Design, NYSCC, Alfred, NY
Bowling Green State University, School of Art, Bowling Green, OH
California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OH
Concordia University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Montreal, QC
Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design + Media, Vancouver, BC
FIDM, The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI
Lawrence Technological University, Southfield, MI
Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia, PA
New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY
NSCAD University, Halifax, NS
Ontario College of Art & Design, Toronto, ON
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
Parsons The New School for Design, New York, NY
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
PrattMWP, Utica, NY
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Oakville, ON
The Art Institute of Boston, Boston, MA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
York University, Faculty of Fine Arts, Toronto, ON
What should you bring?
Include a variety of finished pieces in your portfolio that demonstrate your ability to work with a wide range of techniques, materials and subject matter. Drawings may be from direct observation, such as figure drawings, still life, interiors and landscapes. Work can use coloured pencils, pastels, watercolours, oil, acrylics, marker pens, collages, etc. In addition to finished pieces, your portfolio may include works in progress. Include a sketchbook to demonstrate your creative process and work habits (e.g., a creative journal that shows the development of particular work in your portfolio). Do not matt or frame your work, or worry about the presentation. The work itself is what is of interest.
No admission decisions or scholarship awards will be offered at National Portfolio Days.
OCAD attends other National Portfolio Day events throughout North America . For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association schedule visit, www.npda.org.

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

National Portfolio Day at OCAD U

A potential student speaks to a faculty member about his work.
Saturday, November 8, 2014 - 4:45pm to 9:00pm

Doors open at 11:45 a.m.
Reviews take place from 12 to 4 p.m.

The line-ups can be very long -- arrive early!

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It’s not a competition, and no offers of admission will be made. Bring your portfolio, of your best and most recent work, and have it critiqued by the school of your choice.

About the day

At our National Portfolio Day event reviews are held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and take place on a first-come, first served basis. No reservations or advanced registration is required. We recommend that participants arrive prior to the event to secure a spot in line. You will be waiting outside prior to the event so we suggest that you protect your work, bring an umbrella and a snack. Once you are inside, you will be given a map and you can join the line for the school you want to meet with.  

What should you bring?

Include a variety of finished pieces in your portfolio that demonstrate your ability to work with a wide range of techniques, materials and subject matter. Drawings may be from direct observation as well as from your imagination and memory. New media or time based work can be included. Work exploring colour, form, mixed media, and 3D approaches are welcome. In addition to finished pieces, your portfolio may include works in progress. Include a sketchbook/creative journal to demonstrate your creative process and work habits. Do not mat or frame your work, or worry about the presentation. The work itself is what is of interest.

No admission decisions or scholarship awards are offered at National Portfolio Days.

This year's participating schools:

  • Alberta College of Art + Design
  • CalArts (California Institute of the Arts)
  • California College of the Arts
  • College for Creative Studies
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design 
  • Fashion Institute of Technology
  • FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Kansas City Art Institute
  • Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
  • Laguna College of Art + Design
  • Lawrence Tech 
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts
  • Maryland Institute College of Art
  • New York School of Interior Design
  • NSCAD University (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design)
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art
  • Parsons The New School for Design
  • PrattMWP
  • Pratt Institute
  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • School of Visual Arts
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Paris College of Art
  • Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
  • Concordia University

For more information about the National Portfolio Day Association please visit their website.

Representatives from OCAD U attend several National Portfolio Day Events throughout North America. Bring your work, have it critiqued and meet with OCAD U Faculty and staff.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul Street Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
Website: 
http://www.ocadu.ca/admissions/undergraduate/preparing-a-portfolio/national-portfolio-day.htm
Cost: 
Free

Supporting Documents: Resumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio

 Supporting Documents: Resumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 7:00pm

Your professional presence on paper and online!

All students are invited to attend this session, which will outline best practices and explore current trends related to resume's, CV's, cover letters, statements and web portfolios. We will also discuss 4ormat's free services for OCAD U students.

Delivered by the Career Development office, this is part of a comprehensive series of FREE workshops intended to support student success.

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 240 100 McCaul St., 2nd Floor Toronto, Ontario

Supporting Documents: Résumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio

Supporting Documents: Résumé/CV, Cover Letter & Portfolio
Friday, September 27, 2013 - 7:00pm

Your professional presence on paper and online!

A repeated delivery of our Sept 25 offering, all students are invited to attend this session where we will outline best practices and explore current trends related to résumés, CVs, cover letters, statements and web portfolios. We will also discuss 4ormat's free services for OCAD U students.

Delivered by the Career Development office, this is part of a comprehensive series of FREE workshops intended to support student success.

 

416-977-6000 x3843

 

www.ocadu.ca/careerdevelopment

zfarber@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 1516 113 McCaul St., 5th Floor Toronto, Ontario

National Portfolio Day

National Portfolio Day
Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 5:00pm to Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8:45pm

National Portfolio Day

Have you considered a creative future?

An education in art and design is a special learning experience. National Portfolio Day is your opportunity to meet professionals from some of the finest design and visual arts schools in North America. It’s not a competition and no offers of admission will be made. Bring a portfolio of your best and most recent work and have it critiqued by a representative from the school of your choice.

 

416-977-6000 ext. 2055

 

www.ocadu.ca/prospective_students/learn_more.htm

admissions@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

Creative Workshops

 Creative Workshops
Saturday, November 23, 2013 - 4:00pm

Boost your portfolio with OCAD University

At OCAD U, we have developed a unique program of daylong Creative Workshops designed to give prospective students the opportunity to explore new territory, to build confidence in your skills as a visual communicator and to get a sense of what its like to be a student here.

Pre-registration and payment required. Visit our online registration secure payment site, https://portfolioclinic.ocad.ca, to sign up.

 

416-977-6000 ext. 2055

 

www.ocadu.ca/prospective_students/preparing_a_portfolio/Creative_Workshops.htm

portfolioclinics@ocadu.ca

 

$90.40 ($80 plus HST)

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario