Diverse Directions: 2016 Master of Inclusive Design Exhibit

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, May 15, 2016 - 4:00am

About the Delta cohort, Masters of Inclusive Design, 2016: Unique in perspective and talented in a diversity of fields, together the cohort found synergies to inform their individual ideations as they embedded the three dimensions of Inclusive Design in their projects: 1. Recognize diversity; 2. Inclusive process and tools; 3. Broader beneficial impact.

Visit the Exhibit and learn how these promising inclusive designers are making the world a more diversity-friendly and inclusive place.

Opening Hours: May 12 to 15, 11:00am to 6:00pm daily

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery, 49 McCaul St.
DIVERSE DIRECTIONS poster with event info and letter X made of triangles

Mary Baumstark - OCAD U's 3MT Winner

Mary Baumstark
Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 4:00am

Mary Baumstark, graduate student in the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories program will join twenty doctoral and master’s degree students from across Ontario to present his/her research at the provincial finals of the Three-Minute Thesis Competition (3MT Ontario) on April 14 in Waterloo. 

The 3MT is a communications competition for graduate students. Developed in Australia by the University of Queensland in 2008, the 3MT challenges students to explain their research in plain language in just three minutes. This is not an easy task considering a full graduate thesis can be 80,000 words in length.

The 20 competitors in the provincial competition are all winners of local competitions hosted by every university in Ontario.

Sitting across from the competitors will be a panel of judges with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. Invoking images of “American Idol,” the 3MT Ontario judges will score the quality of the presentations and the presenters’ ability to engage the audience. The judges for the 3MT Ontario are:

  • Rob Baker, guitarist for the Tragically Hip
  • David Meyers, chief executive officer of Iceberg Vodka
  • Susan Anzolin, chief financial officer for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario)
  • Ken Steele, chief futurist at Eduvation
  • Gohar Ashoughian, university librarian, Wilfrid Laurier University

The judges will select winners of the 3MT Ontario, who will receive $2,000 in total prize money. As well, the top five presenters will move onto the national level, an online competition coordinated by the Canadian Association of Graduate Schools.

The 3MT is hosted by Wilfrid Laurier University and is open to the public. More information can be found at wlu.ca/3MT.

The event will be livestreamed, starting at 10:00 AM, on Thursday, April 14 - https://livestream.com/cigionline/events/5142325


More about the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/contemporary-art-design-a...


Hello from Richmond 205

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 4:00am to Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 4:00am

Playfully, hello = hi = hey = how are you = what’s up = friends...

HELLO acknowledges that this is the first cohesive introduction of the 2015 /2016 MFA and MDES Interdisciplinary program’s work to the larger OCAD student body and faculty.
Initially considered to be a shout to attract attention, the word “hello” continues to grow in its potential to signify inclusivity as well as speak to the wonderful diversity of knowledge, skill sets, and perspectives represented through the work.
We invite you to engage with the show and then say “hello” so that we can continue the conversations that work to inform our evolving practices.

Written on behalf of IAMD first year cohort by
Jill Price (BFA 93, OT 2007, MFA 2017)

Exhibiting Artists and Designers

  • Fallon Andy
  • Carlina Chen
  • Tom Feiler
  • Quendrim Hoti
  • Karina Iskandarsjah
  • Iveta Karpathyova
  • Pascaline J. Knight
  • Max Lupo
  • Mariam Magsi
  • Annette Mangaard
  • Alexandra Majerus
  • Julian Majewski
  • Jill Price
  • David Constantino Salazar
  • Eli Schwanz
  • Samantha Sherer
  • Katrina Tompkins
  • Mel Worku


Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall - 100 McCaul
Poster for 1st Year IAMD Student Exhibition Hello From Richmond 205

Destination: Tomorrow

Saturday, April 16, 2016 - 4:00pm to Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 9:00pm

Join us for the fourth annual Digital Futures’ Masters’ program thesis exhibition, Destination : Tomorrow, showcasing 22 graduate students’ thesis work. This year’s exhibition is rich with digital storytelling, innovative geo-locative interactions and mind-expanding travels in Augmented Reality (AR). Come see how innovation and technology in the 21st century brings us together and changes the way we interact with the world around us.

Public Gallery Hours:
April 16 & 17: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
April 18 & 19: 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
April 20: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

More about the Digital Futures' Graduate Program: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/digital-futures.htm



Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery @ 49 McCaul, Toronto
Poster for DF Graduate Student Group Thesis Exhibition

Hadley+Maxwell Artist Talk

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm


March 31, 2016

12:00 PM

Room 320, 205 Richmond

Please join us for an artist talk by acclaimed Canadian artists Hadley+Maxwell. Currently based out of Berlin, Hadley+Maxwell’s installations, performances and writings employ diverse media to rework iconic images and traditional forms as they are expressed in pop-cultural, artistic and political movements. They cut into reified narratives via direct touch, transposition and refiguration, putting into play the absences cast in relief.

Hadley+Maxwell have been collaborating since they met in Vancouver, Canada, in 1997. Public presentations of their work have included solo exhibitions at Artspeak (Vancouver), Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Berlin), Kunstverein Göttingen (Germany), Smart Project Space (Amsterdam), and Project Art Centre, Dublin, and group exhibitions at galleries and festivals including the Vancouver Art Gallery, Kunstraum München, the Power Plant (Toronto), the National Gallery of Canada, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, La Kunsthalle Mulhouse (France), Witte de With (Rotterdam), the 4th Marrakech Biennale and the 19th Biennale of Sydney.

This Spring, the artists will unveil a major new public sculpture commission entitled The Garden of Future Follies at Front and Bayview in the Lower Don Lands.

This talk is presented by the Office of Graduate Studies at OCAD University.

Venue & Address: 
Room 320, 205 Richmond Street West
416-977-6000 X4366
HADLEY+MAXWELL poster with event info

3 Minute Thesis Competition

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition is a fast paced and exciting competition that challenges graduate students to distill the significance of their thesis work/research project to three minutes for a panel of judges and a diverse audience.

The Competition will be held on March 9th beginning at 9am sharp in the Student Gallery at 52 MCCAUL STREET. 


OCAD U Master's students who have  an approved Thesis  or Major  Research Project (MRP) proposal on file with the Office of Graduate Studies.
Deadline for Submissions is: Wednesday March  2nd, 2016


In three minutes or  less convey the  essence  and  significance of your  Thesis  or  MRP research using  only  a single slide. The best presentation will go on to represent OCAD University at the provincial finals to be hosted at Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, on Thursday April 14, 2016.


  • The   top   presenter  will   receive $750  as  well   as  training  and travel support to  attend the regional competition at Wilfred Laurier  in April.
  • The  runner up  will  receive $500 and travel support to attend the provincial event.
  • The "People's Choice" award winner will receive a $100 gift  card, this award is voted on by the audience.


  • Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies to request an  application form.
  • You  must  submit a completed 3MT   application form to the Office of Graduate Studies (digi­tally) no later than Wednesday March  2nd, 2016
  • Please contact the  Office of Graduate Studies with any  questions
  • A single, static PowerPoint slide is permitted
    • no animation or movement
    • No additional electronic media (e.g. sound and video files)
    • No additional props (e.g. costumes or instruments)
  • Must present in-person
  • Must relate directly to student’s thesis/dissertation research
  • Presentations limited to 3 minutes
  • Adjudicating panel decisions are final


To learn more about 3MT, visit  their website www.threeminutethesis.org

Check out UBC’s 3MT page with tips on competing in 3MT: http://3mt.grad.ubc.ca/participate/
Check out the 3MT videos from around the world here: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase


Venue & Address: 
Student Gallery 52 McCaul Street
416-977-6000 x 423
3MT Poster

Come to our Info Nights!

Graduate Programs Info Night
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 4:00am

Check out our Info Night schedule below, and register for the program/s of interest to you:

Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Thursday November 12, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register: http://bit.ly/1X9BpFz

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
Thursday November 19, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register: http://bit.ly/1OJe2je

Criticism and Curatorial Practice
Tuesday November 24, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register: http://bit.ly/1kaE9ED

Inclusive Design
Tuesday November 24, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register: http://bit.ly/1LShxmy

Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Thursday November 26, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register: http://bit.ly/1jsPKi1

Design for Health
Thursday November 26, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register: http://bit.ly/1GKDVZu

Digital Futures
Tuesday December 01, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Register: http://bit.ly/1RfHhco

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!

The Torontoist:

Digital Futures Graduate Program:

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: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/faculty-of-art/fcr-competition.htm

Grant Writing for Graduate Students

Image of the Sharp Centre for Design
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.
See more below.

For further details about scholarships and funding please click here: http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/graduate-studies/current-students/funding.htm

Please contact abrummell@ocadu.ca to RSVP and request any of the following services:

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