OCAD U's commitment to support new grads: extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud

Friday, June 14, 2019

As OCAD U celebrates the accomplishments of its newest graduates at today’s convocation ceremonies, the university is also proud to announce a bold new commitment to support these graduates with extended access to key career-related services and supports for the first year after they receive their degree.

NEW! Adobe Creative Cloud access extended by one year
The Adobe suite of software tools are key for creatives. OCAD U will now provide eligible graduating students who were enrolled in the Laptop Program with an additional 1-year extension to their Adobe Creative Cloud license. 

"Adobe's Creative Cloud suite of software is vital for all students coming out of the university,” said Zev Farber, Director, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers. “Retaining access to these tools as our graduates make early inroads into their professions allows them to hit the ground running, creating and making at exactly the level they need to, right from day one beyond their studies at the university.”

“We’re very proud to be able to build out our commitment to graduates to provide them with the support, resources and tools that they need to succeed in launching their creative careers,” said Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International. “The Adobe Creative Cloud access is a keystone benefit we’re proud to be able to offer, in addition the vastly expanded new programming we’ve added this past year to career development and experiential learning, delivered by the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.” 

In addition to the extended Adobe Creative Cloud access, recent grads are invited to come work, collaborate and create in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at 115 McCaul St., third floor. Think of it as an extension to your studio, office or other workspace —one that is in close proximity to networking opportunities, wifi access, meeting space, career advising, and mentorship via the Creative Professionals-In-Residence program. 

But there’s even more! OCAD U has collaborated with FreshBooks, an all-in-one invoicing and accounting solution made for budding entrepreneurs to offer our graduates a free 1-year subscription. FreshBooks does all the heavy lifting and time-consuming tasks for you, leaving more time for doing the work that you love. Our commitment also includes significant discounts on annual Format portfolio subscriptions, MOO business card and promotional materials, and continued access to tools like the Talent Network student and alumni job board, Career Launcher opportunities, networking and mentorship opportunities, career advising, workshops and industry events, career transition support, and so much more. Read more about our commitment to our new and recent graduates by visiting ocadu.ca/commitment

Extended access to Adobe Creative Cloud for one year beyond graduation

How to become a professional artist

2015 Kingston Prize for Canadian portraiture winner Jen Mann (BFA, Printmaking, 2009) talks about how she's made it as a professional, full-time artist.

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OCAD U alumni influencing public art spaces in Toronto

Together, by Jihee Min, a participatory mural installation created for CreativeTO
Monday, April 22, 2019 - 4:30pm

Jihee Min selected for Public Art Mentorship

OCAD University’s alumna Jihee Min is the selected artist mentee for a Public Art Mentorship launched by The Sustainable Thinking and Expression on Public Space (STEPS) Initiative, a charitable organization that works with large scale public artworks, along with Brad Golden + Co.  There were more than 125 applicants from across the country.

The Public Art Mentorship will run until December 2019, giving Jihee Min the opportunity to develop a full understanding of large-scale public artworks while gaining valuable portfolio-building experience. The program is managed under the mentorship of Steve Driscoll, a Canadian artist who has a contemporary approach regarding traditional Canadian landscape.

Jihee Min received a BFA with Honours in Sculpture & Installation from OCAD U in 2005. She uses her own experiences to explore the idea of identity and cultural dislocation. The artist works with a wide range of media such as drawing, performance and photography and has received many grants, awards and scholarships.

Click here to learn more about Jihee Min’s work.

Jennifer Fryer and Rosena Fung develop art panel in St. James Town

OCAD alumni Jennifer Fryer and Rosena Fung have developed an art panel for Tridel Corporation in partnership with The PATCH Project (under the STEPS Initiative) and the students of Art City, a charitable organization that offers after-school art programs to kids residing in St. James Town.

The project titled “Our City, Our Home” celebrates Toronto and the St. James Town’s neighbourhood. With joyful colours, the art panel celebrates the differences and similarities of residents and visitors of the area. The work is part of the St. James Town Cultural Plan,  that uses temporary public art initiatives to engage local residents.

Jennifer Fryer studied Illustration at OCAD U and her work has appeared in prominent news outlets such as the National Post and the Toronto Star. Rosena Fung is also an OCAD U Illustration graduate and her work has been included in major news outlets such as The Globe and Mail and The Boston Globe.

Click here to learn more about Jennifer Fryer and here for Rosena Fung’s work.

Our City, Our Home by Jennifer Fryer, Rosena Fung and the students of Art City, highlights the diversity of St. James Town

OCAD U grad named Creator of the Year in Montérégie, Quebec

Friday, April 12, 2019

OCAD University graduate Yechel Gagnon was recognized at the end of March as Creator of the Year in Montérégie, QC, a $5000 prize given by the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ). The 17th edition of the award gathered more than 80 people from the Monteregian artistic community, along with partners and friends of the culture.

CALQ awards the prize to those whose achievements are distinguished by their quality and outreach. Members of the jury highlighted “the high quality of Yechel Gagnon's work and, more particularly, her fascinating work on texture and materials. This amazing artist, with a rich and original practice, enjoys an important influence, locally and abroad.” 

The artist also recently installed a large-scale public art piece at the Sorel-Tracy waterport, in Quebec, and was very honoured with the prize. 

Born in Longueuil, Quebec, she holds an AOCAD with Honours in Drawing and Painting.

Click here to learn more about Yechel Gagnon and her work.




Justin Case and the Closet Monster by Mark Julien

Mark Julien's graphic novel
Thursday, December 13, 2018 - 7:30am

Justin Case and teh Closet Monster by Mark Julien is a joyfully-arted story about two coseted gay men -- one a priest -- and the "closet monsters," magical creatures from a parellel dimension who help them come out.



Design & Innovation talk by Phil White

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Phil co-founded Cervelo Cycles with Gerard Vroomen in 1995. (the name Cervélo is a portmanteau of cervello, the Italian word for brain, and vélo, the French word for bike). Over the next ten years it became the engineering leader in the bike industry and, arguably, completed redefined it. With a focus on technical and marketing innovation, Cervelo grew from a garage startup to become the most popular triathlon bike in the world (based on the Ironman bike count) and the most popular bike in pro cycling (based on Cycling News reader polls). Tour Magazine recognized Cervélo as the continued engineering leader when they found it was the fastest bike in every category that they tested- aero road, lightweight road, and TT/triathlon. 

Cervélo was the first bike company in decades “to put our money where our mouth is”, and drive the sport forward by starting our own pro cycling team - the Cervélo Test Team- which became the #1 ranked team in the world within 6 months. But the Team also innovated in many other areas as well including fan engagement and product development as well as behind the scenes. 

After the sale of Cervélo to Pon Holdings in 2012, I stayed with Pon as the non-executive Chairman of Cervélo, and as a Board member & the Chief Innovation Officer of Pon Bike. In July 2017 Phil  left his positions at Pon and Cervélo to pursue other adventures in innovation, mobility, and performance. 

Phil continue to believe in the power of entrepreneurship, innovation, & design. He has been a guest lecturer on these topics at a variety of Universities and Colleges in Europe and America including, the University of Toronto, Ontario College of Art & Design University, Universities d’Ottawa, and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). As well as an advisor and Board member to a number of companies and organizations, and has been a regular guest on various business & technical forums.


Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul Street, 2nd Floor
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Call for Applications - Critical Distance Centre for Curators Design & Comms Assistant

Call for Applications - Critical Distance Centre for Curators Design & Comms Assistant
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 3:00pm to Monday, December 3, 2018 - 12:00pm


DEADLINE: Monday, December 3, 2018
RATE: $17/ hour, 10 - 12hours/ week 
TERM: Part-time, January – December 2019 (48 weeks) 

Working with the Director and fellow team members atCritical Distance, the Design & Communications Assistant supports and contributes to the development and implementation of strategic outreach/marketing initiatives and provides design and production support for print/digital materials relating to our exhibitions, publications, website, social media feeds, and newsletters. 

Critical Distance is a not-for-profit project space, publisher, and professional network devoted to the support and advancement of curatorial practice and inquiry in Toronto, Canada, and beyond. With a focus on critically engaged, collaborative, and cross-disciplinary practices, underrepresented artists and art forms, and community outreach and education in art and exhibition-making, Critical Distance is an open platform for diverse curatorial perspectives, and a forum for the exchange of ideas on curating and exhibition-making as ways to engage and inform audiences from all walks of life. 

CDCC is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment and encourages candidates who reflect the diversity of our communities to apply. As always, we thank all participants for their time, energy, interest, and support.


The Design & Communications Assistant will support or be responsible for a variety of projects and tasks based on incoming level of experience and the evolving needs of the organization, including: 

  • Developing and producing media releases and marketing materials, posters/signage/way finding, print collateral/didactics, exhibition catalogues, web-based content, newsletters, surveys, and templated documents with an eye toward supporting, extending, and improving upon our existing graphic identity and house style. 
  • Aiding in development and implementation of strategic communications initiatives such as marketing campaigns, social media strategy, enhancements to our website and curator/artist registry, curatorial network and community building, accessibility initiatives, audience outreach and visitor engagement, and donor/partner/sponsor relationship-building. 
  • Managing projects from start to finish including scheduling, concepting, cost estimating, design development, presentation, and production in collaboration with team members, guest curators, artists, writers, and others. 
  • Assisting with exhibition/event documentation through visual (photo/video) means for digital and print platforms (website/catalogues). Developing content for newsletter, social media, e-commerce, etc. 


  • Must have graduated from OCADU in 2017 or 2018.
  • Candidates with excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills, strong initiative, and willingness to work independently as well as collaboratively are encouraged to apply. Extreme attention to detail, ability to give and receive feedback, and desire to learn a must.
  • High-level typography skills and mastery of Adobe Creative Suite, plus ability to design for both print and web applications, as well as fluency with social media platforms, HTML/CSS, and Google Apps. 
  • Photography/videography skills and knowledge of digital interactivity and accessibility would be major assets.
  • Thorough knowledge of design history, interest or experience in exhibition/environmental design, and a desire to help make connections across disciplines, cultures, and contexts are huge plusses. Interest in curatorial practices and contemporary art contexts in Toronto,Canada, and beyond also a plus.


  • Full contact information (Name, phone, and email), a confirmation of eligibility and a current CV
  • A cover letter outlining interest and relevant background


Please submit all written components in one (1) PDF to the attention of Tak Pham tpham@ocadu.ca

For more information, visit the Career Launchers Website

Venue & Address: 
Critical Distance for Curators No. 302 — Artscape Youngplace 180 Shaw Street Toronto, Ontario M6J 2W5
416-977-6000 Ext. 361

OCAD Artist Alley 2018: Holiday Edition

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 - 2:00pm to 8:00pm

Looking for unique gifts for friends and family this holiday season? Come to OCAD's student-run Holiday Artist Alley: Holiday Edition, where you will find a wide variety of beautiful posters, prints, zines, stickers, greeting cards, ceramics, fashion, jewellery items and more from local creators. This event is open to the public.

Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers. There are ATMs in the building.
We are a wheelchair accessible space. Please take the main lobby rear elevators to Level 2, Great Hall.

Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/ocadartistalley to view Artist Profiles leading up to the event!

If you want to volunteer or have questions, please email ocadartistalley@gmail.com

The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, created with support from OCAD Student Union, giving students and alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.
Poster art by Becky Wu.

Please register your intent to attend through our Eventbrite link (tickets NOT needed for entrance): https://bit.ly/2P6y7sr

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Free Admission
Holiday OCAD Artist Alley

Call for Applications: Holiday Artist Alley

Apply Now: Holiday Artist Alley
Monday, October 15, 2018 - 12:00pm to Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 11:45pm

We would like to showcase talent from current OCAD U students and alumni across all programs so every art form is welcome! Deadline to apply is Saturday, November 3, 2018 (11:59 PM)

This event will be held in the Great Hall in 100 McCaul Street (2 to 8 PM), on Tuesday, December 4, 2018.

More details to apply on our Page OCAD Artist Alley
If you have questions, please contact: ocadartistalley@gmail.com

Please consider volunteering with us! Volunteers will be guaranteed space to sell their work.

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall (Level 2), 100 McCaul Street
Free to apply and participate

O-DAYS! OCAD Artist Alley

Wednesday, September 5, 2018 - 11:00am to 5:00pm

Need new paintings or sculptures to decorate your room? Maybe a one-of-a-kind jacket, or a custom ring? Some prints, zines, or stickers?

This event is open to the public so come by and support local artists!
**Remember to BRING CASH as most artists do not have card readers**

We'll be revealing Artist Profiles leading up to the event... Follow us on Instagram: instagram.com/ocadartistalley/

The OCAD Artist Alley is a student initiative, in collaboration with OCAD U Campus Life and O-Days! 2018, to give students and alumni across all programs the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work.

Poster art by Becky Wu.

Eventbrite link: (coming soon)*: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ocad-artist-alley-2018-tickets-49075457013 
*Tickets NOT needed for entrance.

VOLUNTEER! Or ask Questions:
Please contact: ocadartistalley@gmail.com

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U's Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street
Artist Alley poster