*Grad Studies Info Night @ 205 Richmond

Grad Studies Info Night @ 205 Richmond
Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 11:00pm

Programs: Interdisciplinary Masters / Criticism & Curatorial Practice / Digital Futures

November 28:
- Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MDes, MFA, MA)
- Criticism & Curatorial Practice (MFA)
- Digital Futures (MDes, MFA, MA and Graduate Diploma)

Are you willing to embrace a creative future? Then you're ready to consider Graduate Studies at OCAD University — the university of the imagination, in the heart of Canada’s most culturally vibrant city.
We give ideas a place and a space. Our ability to offer graduate students a unique experience is solidly rooted in our 137-year history of delivering uncompromising art and design education. Grounded in practice, theory, research and professionalism, with an eye on experimentation and change, we deliver advanced experiential learning. Our graduate students enjoy unrivalled opportunities to practice with expert faculty, in studios, labs and through exceptional internships.

At OCAD U, we attract curious and creative students who expect something more from their education and are willing to challenge themselves to achieve it. Are you ready to explore, enrich and expand your horizons?
Join us at our Information Nights to learn more about Graduate Studies at OCAD U!

WATCH (video) :

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MDes, MFA, MA)

Criticism & Curatorial Practice (MFA)

Digital Futures (MDes, MFA, MA and Graduate Diploma)

More OCAD University Graduate Studies Info Nights:

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories (MA)
Tuesday, November 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27,6 to 8 p.m.

Criticism & Curatorial Practice (MFA)
Monday, November 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Digital Futures (MDes, MFA, MA and Graduate Diploma)
Tuesday, November 5,6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Inclusive Design (MDes)
Monday, November 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MDes, MFA, MA)
Tuesday, November 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

Strategic Foresight and Innovation (MDes)
Monday, November 4, 6 to 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 27, 6 to 8 p.m.

All Graduate Studies Information Nights are held at OCAD University, 205 Richmond Street West.

If you are unable to attend the information sessions in person, please email us with any questions about our graduate programs gradstudies@ocadu.ca

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* The Application Deadline for all programs is Monday, January 13, 2014 *

Graduate Studies at OCAD University
205 Richmond Street West
Toronto, Ontario
http://www.ocadu.ca/programs/graduate_studies.htm

For more information, contact:
Office of Graduate Studies
416-977-6000 Ext. 423 or gradstudies@ocadu.ca

www.ocadu.ca/graduate-studies.htm

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
5th Floor 205 Richmond St. Toronto, Ontario

e-Leo exhibit Launch

e-Leo exhibit Launch
Friday, November 29, 2013 - 11:00pm

Main doors (and door to 4905) Open to the Public between 5:30PM to 9:00PM

An interactive gallery showcase of OCAD U student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers

Public opening with gala launch evening featuring tours of the exhibit, a chance to meet the creatives and special guests.

OCAD University's, e-Leo exhibit is an interactive gallery showcase of student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers. OCAD University’s influential and world class Digital Futures undergraduate program combines art, design, technology and enterprise along with core skills. Graduates have a multidisciplinary toolkit to work from that helps them innovate and sets them apart from other designers.

The e-Leo exhibit includes pieces previously exhibited in MOMA and the Smithsonian but seen for the first time in Canada in this exhibit.

Student and Faculty exhibit:
On display:
New and experimental smart products, Augmented reality games, wearable technology, digital and hybrid games, cities of the future, video and sound installations.

A collaborative project between OCAD University’s DFI program and artist Marina Abramović.

Featured works by world renowned design thinkers:
Steve Mann
Edward Gajdel
Tom Barker
Nathan Phillips
Jason Mrdeza
Maryam Nabavi

As part of Project e-Leo the exhibit includes a modern-day recreation of Leonardo da Vinci created by some of Canada’s top design thinkers.

Project e-Leo Academic Research:
Project e-Leo is an academic research study that aims to answer two questions:

• Are the best design universities in the world accepting the most talented multi-disciplinary candidates or is the application process getting in the way?

• Would truly genius multi-disciplinary candidates be accepted to design programs in the world's top universities if they didn’t fit the usual mold?

The study is based around the theory that an ever changing digital world full of social enterprises will require designers with a multi-disciplinary skill set, that a traditional design education does not address. This study is also a challenge to the theory of the ‘T-shaped Designer’ put forth by the IDEO consultancy at the turn of this century which stated that to compete designers would need a core competency (the stem of the ‘T’# and to branch out #the top of the ‘T’) into other areas to be more able to adapt and deliver useful design solutions in a world with a rapid pace of change and technological advancement.

The world's top universities have developed design programs that target this problem of creating multi-disciplinary designers, but has the recruitment process changed along with their curriculum and goals?

For the purpose of this study we determined that a truly multi-disciplinary candidate would have a mix of skills in the areas of science, technology, art and enterprise with a core competency in design. We call this an ‘X-shaped Designer’. The four points of the ‘x’ being art, science, enterprise and technology while the centre of the ‘x’ is a core design competency. We further decided to create a composite character with a portfolio comprising the talents of some of the worlds top design thinkers based on one of the greatest multi-disciplinary design thinkers of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Hence the project name ‘e-Leo’.

In order to challenge the recruitment process of the design programs we applied to, our modern day Leonardo, like Leonardo da Vinci himself, did not have a formal education. Because the portfolio was comprised of the work of such influential and recognised design thinkers, there should have been no question of talent when applying for these programs. We incorporated Leonardo da Vinci’s own thoughts on design, as well as his own words into the application letters and statements of purpose.

The results of the study were varyingly encouraging and disappointing. Some universities clearly are doing what they say they are and looking for future design innovators, while others are held back by their own application process and protocols.

We will be releasing the exciting results of our study and revealing the design talent included in the e-Leo portfolio in an exhibit hosted by OCAD University in Toronto on November 29th running until December 5th, 2013. The exhibit will also include an academic symposium and industry conference on the subject. The symposium and industry conference are by invitation only, but the exhibit will be open to the public on select days including the launch on November 29th, 2013.

Please Contact:
Sabrina Lindo
Assistant, Digital Futures Initiative
T 416.977.6000 x4581
E slindo@ocadu.ca

Free

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

IT'S A START Call for Submissions

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 4:00am to Friday, January 17, 2014 - 5:00am

A pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs

Supported by the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute and the undergraduate and graduate Digital Futures Program of OCAD University.

IT’S A START
Digifest is proud to announce a unique opportunity for individuals to participate in the IT’S A START pitch competition.

What is IT’S A START?
IT’S A START is a pitch competition for digital entrepreneurs.

This competition is open to creative professionals, budding entrepreneurs, start-ups, students and recent graduates looking to pitch their ideas in a competitive format. Finalists will have an opportunity on stage during the festival to show the jury why their project deserves to win one of the prizes, which includes financing and incubation space in the George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator. We are looking for the most innovative ideas from individuals, start-ups or digital companies who have special projects that they want to take to the next level. There is no fee to apply for this competition.

How does the contest work?
The contest will be developed in the following phases.

Phase 1 – The competition officially launches in October 2013. Contestants have two months to submit their application.

Phase 2 – Applications will be accepted until Friday January 17, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the first round of finalists will be announced on Monday January 27, 2014.

Phase 3 - First round finalists will have an opportunity to attend a Creative CampSaturday February 8 & Sunday February 9, 2014) where
entrepreneurs in residence will provide mentorship support and help the finalists evolve their projects.

Phase 4 – In order to be considered for the pitch contest finale, finalists must re-submit their updated project proposals by Friday March 14, 2014 at 5 p.m. All entries will be reviewed by the IT’S A START Committee and the second round of finalists will be announced on Monday March 24, 2014.

Phase 5 – All of the second round finalists will have an opportunity to present to their mentors from the Creative Camp on Saturday April 5 or Sunday April 6, 2014 and receive coaching and feedback for the pitch contest finale.

Phase 6 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 1 will take place during Digifest on Friday May 9, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront. Twenty semi-finalists will have 60 seconds on stage before a live audience to convince the jury why their project deserves to win. The jury will then select 10 finalists to present in the Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 the next day.

Phase 7 – The Pitch Contest Finale Part 2 will take place during Digifest on Saturday May 10, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Ten contestants will have 3 minutes on stage to present to the jury and a public audience (please note that this is not a Digifest ticketed event).

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 1, Friday May 9th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the 60 second pitch at Digifest on
Friday May 9, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• Audio-visual equipment, PowerPoint presentation slides, prototypes etc. are NOT
permitted during the pitch competition. However, finalists have an opportunity to
showcase presentations/prototypes for their projects in the festival exhibit area.

Final Presentation Pitch Contest Rules for Part 2, Saturday May 10th
• Only one individual from the team can deliver the final 3-minute pitch at Digifest
on Saturday May 10, 2014.
• Each contestant will have two minutes to respond to judges’ Q & A, directly
following their pitch.
• PowerPoint presentations are mandatory for this part of the presentation
• May 10, 2014 at Corus Quay building Main Stage area where the winners will be
announced.
• NB: For technical purposes, all finalists are required to attend a dry run
of their pitch presentation before Digifest on Tuesday May 6, 2014 at The
Corus Quay building located at Toronto’s Waterfront.

What are the prizes?
We will be announcing the It’s A Start 2014 prizes soon.

It’s a Start prizes for 2012 included more than $8,000 in cash prizes, mentorship and
incubation space at George Brown College Digital Media & Gaming Incubator and OCAD
University’s Imagination Catalyst Incubator.

What Projects are eligible?
Project Criteria

The focus for Digifest 2014 is “future cities” and digital urbanism. For the IT’S A START competition, we are looking for creative, cutting-edge projects driven by conscientious and dedicated individuals that will help us solve some of today’s pressing urban challenges. Do you have an original idea that can improve the way we live, work and play? Have you developed an application or technology that will allow us to manage
complexities and build more resilient cities? Does your project connect people and
networks, ultimately enabling us to live better lives? If your project or idea fits the above-mentioned criteria then please keep reading.

Project Eligibility
• Project entries or ideas must be the original work of the applicant(s).
• Applicant(s) who have submitted to IT’S A START competition in the past and
have not qualified as a finalist can re-submit a proposal, however, you must be able to demonstrate how the project or idea has changed.

What projects are NOT eligible?
• Submissions that have won in previous IT’S A START competitions.
Who can enter?
• Start-up companies
• Entrepreneurs
• Students or recent graduates
• NB: George Brown College and OCAD University students/graduates/faculty are eligible to participate in the competition,
however, you must disclose this information in your application.

How do I enter?
There is no fee to apply for this competition. Fill out the APPLICATION FORM. You will be contacted within 3 to 5 business days upon receipt of your
application. If you do not receive this email then we have not received your application.
If you have been selected as a finalist you will be contacted with additional details
regarding the event.

Who is on the IT’S A START committee?
The committee is made up of experts from industry, academia and finance.

What are the selection criteria?
The committee will use the following criteria to determine the finalists for the
competition:
• Originality (Has this idea been presented this way before? How does your idea
compare to existing projects/ideas that address similar issues)
• Marketability (Is there a demand for your idea? Why would someone buy it?)
• Market Readiness (How much more development is needed?)
• User friendly (How easy is it to use?)
• Creativity & Design (How is the project executed? Is the overall design clear and
effective?)
• Feasibility (How realistic is your plan to execute this project? Does your budget
take into consideration the logistics, production, technical requirements and
other expenditures?)
• Probability of Success (With the right investment and support, could this idea
become a successful business?)

History
The first IT’S A START competition was held in Monza, Italy organized by Regione Lombardia, Provincia Monza Brianza and Camera di Commercio di Monza in June 2012. The next competition “IT’S A START Canada” premiered at Digifest Saturday, October 20, 2012.

Contact Us
For more information and general inquiries about the competition, contact Miriam
Brookman at mbrookman@georgebrown.ca or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3556.

For sponsorship inquiries about the competition, contact Lucia Piccinni at
LPiccinni2@georgebrown.ca or at (416) 415-5000 ext. 3152.

 

www.torontodigifest.ca/2014/itsastart/

mbrookman@georgebrown.ca

Venue & Address: 
N/A

e-Leo exhibit Symposium

e-Leo exhibit Symposium
Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 3:00pm

Main doors (and door to 4905) Open to the Public between 9:00AM to 4:30PM

An interactive gallery showcase of OCAD U student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers

An academic symposium of invited guests from academic institutions in Canada and the United States. The symposium will be hosted by President Dr. Sara Diamond and Tom Barker and will include a workshop, panel discussion and keynote addresses by Steve Mann, Edward Gajdel, Tom Barker and Sara Diamond.

OCAD University's, e-Leo exhibit is an interactive gallery showcase of student, alumni and faculty work alongside some of the world's top designers. OCAD University’s influential and world class Digital Futures undergraduate program combines art, design, technology and enterprise along with core skills. Graduates have a multidisciplinary toolkit to work from that helps them innovate and sets them apart from other designers.

The e-Leo exhibit includes pieces previously exhibited in MOMA and the Smithsonian but seen for the first time in Canada in this exhibit.

Student and Faculty exhibit:
On display:
New and experimental smart products, Augmented reality games, wearable technology, digital and hybrid games, cities of the future, video and sound installations.

A collaborative project between OCAD University’s DFI program and artist Marina Abramović.

Featured works by world renowned design thinkers:
Steve Mann
Edward Gajdel
Tom Barker
Nathan Phillips
Jason Mrdeza
Maryam Nabavi

As part of Project e-Leo the exhibit includes a modern-day recreation of Leonardo da Vinci created by some of Canada’s top design thinkers.

Project e-Leo Academic Research:
Project e-Leo is an academic research study that aims to answer two questions:

• Are the best design universities in the world accepting the most talented multi-disciplinary candidates or is the application process getting in the way?

• Would truly genius multi-disciplinary candidates be accepted to design programs in the world's top universities if they didn’t fit the usual mold?

The study is based around the theory that an ever changing digital world full of social enterprises will require designers with a multi-disciplinary skill set, that a traditional design education does not address. This study is also a challenge to the theory of the ‘T-shaped Designer’ put forth by the IDEO consultancy at the turn of this century which stated that to compete designers would need a core competency (the stem of the ‘T’# and to branch out #the top of the ‘T’) into other areas to be more able to adapt and deliver useful design solutions in a world with a rapid pace of change and technological advancement.

The world's top universities have developed design programs that target this problem of creating multi-disciplinary designers, but has the recruitment process changed along with their curriculum and goals?

For the purpose of this study we determined that a truly multi-disciplinary candidate would have a mix of skills in the areas of science, technology, art and enterprise with a core competency in design. We call this an ‘X-shaped Designer’. The four points of the ‘x’ being art, science, enterprise and technology while the centre of the ‘x’ is a core design competency. We further decided to create a composite character with a portfolio comprising the talents of some of the worlds top design thinkers based on one of the greatest multi-disciplinary design thinkers of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Hence the project name ‘e-Leo’.

In order to challenge the recruitment process of the design programs we applied to, our modern day Leonardo, like Leonardo da Vinci himself, did not have a formal education. Because the portfolio was comprised of the work of such influential and recognised design thinkers, there should have been no question of talent when applying for these programs. We incorporated Leonardo da Vinci’s own thoughts on design, as well as his own words into the application letters and statements of purpose.

The results of the study were varyingly encouraging and disappointing. Some universities clearly are doing what they say they are and looking for future design innovators, while others are held back by their own application process and protocols.

We will be releasing the exciting results of our study and revealing the design talent included in the e-Leo portfolio in an exhibit hosted by OCAD University in Toronto on November 29th running until December 5th, 2013. The exhibit will also include an academic symposium and industry conference on the subject. The symposium and industry conference are by invitation only, but the exhibit will be open to the public on select days including the launch on November 29th, 2013.

Please Contact:
Sabrina Lindo
Assistant, Digital Futures Initiative
T 416.977.6000 x4581
E slindo@ocadu.ca

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

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