OGS/SSHRC Information Session for Students

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Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Interested in applying for an SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP to abrummell@ocadu.ca to reserve your spot!

Venue & Address: 
Room 420 205 Richmond Street West

OGS/SSHRC Information Session for Graduate Students

Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Interested in applying for an SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies

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

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 at abrummell@ocadu.ca so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Remote Access: If you wish to attend this workshop via GoToMeeting please email us and we will circulate the meeting invite link.

Please RSVP here if you plan to attend to abrummell@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Room 420, 4th floor, 205 Richmond Street
416.977.6000 x4637

KAPSULA Press partners with OCAD University for a special issue

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - 3:00pm

A special edition of KAPSULA Magazine will feature a selection of texts in association with OCAD University's Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories MA program at OCAD University. The issue will be released on September 18, 2015.

KAPSULA collaborates with OCAD University's Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Histories MA program (CADN) to publish interviews, papers and image-based works from their 2015 conference, Multiple Li(v)es of Art/ists &... Disciplinary Fuzziness and the Future(s) of Art Criticism. The conference, held March 27-28, 2015, featured Keynote presentations from Dr. Sarah Thornton, author of 33 Artists in 3 Acts and Seven Days in the Art World and Canadian performance artist Brendan Fernandes. The conference explored the boundaries, binaries, and interdisciplinary practices that condition contemporary art and society.  Makers and thinkers participating in the conference addressed the ways art and its many disciplinary iterations continue to morph and change.

Special issues of KAPSULA have been created in collaboration with University of Waterloo Art Gallery, Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography and the Art History Graduate Student Association of York University (AHGSAY). Released monthly, KAPSULA Magazine currently publishes more content focused on critical issues in contemporary art than any other publication in Toronto.

Digital Futures graduate students exhibit at City Hall anniversary

3D City Magic installation by Mehnaz Aydemir
Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 4:00am

1965 was a rather amazing year: Canada got its own flag, Martin Luther King, Jr., marched from Selma to Montgomery, Sonny & Cher released their hit single “I Got You Babe” and Toronto’s futuristic new City Hall opened for business.

As part of the 50th-anniversary celebrations for City Hall – one of Canada’s most distinct architectural landmarks – two students in OCAD University’s Digital Futures graduate program created and mounted installations (OCAD U was an official exhibit partner for the anniversary event).

Beam Me Up!

With her interactive installation Beam Me Up!, Monica Virtue sought to transport visitors through time. Inspired by the Star Trek transporter set, Virtue incorporated sensors and wireless radios, as well as videos she created from images drawn from the City of Toronto Archives, Toronto Reference Library and Toronto Film, Television and Digital Office.

3D City Magic

Mehnaz Aydemir’s interactive installation featured a replica of City Hall created on site during the day by a 3D printer. In addition, Aydemir produced a children’s game that involved participants selecting and holding Plexiglas models of 12 historic Toronto buildings and activating a screen that provided information on the structures they had selected.



Event poster
Friday, April 17, 2015 - 4:00am to Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 4:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design University presents the 2015 Digital Futures Graduate Exhibition.

The exhibition showcases the innovative, creative, human-centric thesis works from 12 graduating students.

The works on display frame an understanding that the digital future lies not solely within emerging technologies, but rather is catalyzed by the relationships we build, the communities we support and the people and processes that can be transformed through innovative technology and human experience combined.


Friday, April 17, 2015, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Saturday, April 18, noon to 5 p.m.
Monday, April 20 to Wednesday, April 22, noon to 7 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Open Gallery, 49 McCaul Street, Toronto  

REB Workshop for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 8:00pm


Whether the research is unfunded or funded, whether the funding is internal or external, or whether the research will or will not be submitted for publication, Research Ethics Board approval is required.

This workshop will provide graduate student focused insight into the REB process.

Any OCAD U research that involves living human participants or human biological materials (whether from living or deceased individuals) must be reviewed and approved by the Research Ethics Board (REB) of the university. Research projects or pilots (including student projects/training, feasibility studies, etc.) conducted under the auspices of OCAD U and using human participants require ethics approval before the research may begin.

- See more at: http://www.ocadu.ca/research/research-ethics-board.htm#sthash.GmTcasUo.dpuf

Venue & Address: 
Room 7301 3rd Floor, 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario
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3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

3 Minute Thesis Competition
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 2:00pm to 9:00pm

An opportunity to present your thesis or MRP topic to the community, gain feedback, and network

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (or major research project) and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is an exercise in consolidating and clarifying research discoveries in a clear and compact manner.

OCAD University’s 3MT competition is an excellent opportunity for the OCAD U community to hear about the dynamic work of graduate students at OCAD U. Students will present concise summations of the research they are conducting for their thesis or MRP and how they are pushing the limits of traditional art, design and academia.
The competition will start at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 in the Auditorium (Room 190) at 100 McCaul Street. The top two presenters will also represent OCAD University at the second annual, province-wide 3MT™ competition in April at McMaster University.

We hope to see you then!

Office of Graduate Studies
205 Richmond Street West, Level 5

3MT History
The first 3MT was held at UQ in 2008 with 160 RHD students competing. In 2009 and 2010 the 3MT competition was promoted to other Australian and New Zealand universities and enthusiasm for the concept grew. Due to its adoption in numerous universities, a multi-national event was developed, and the Inaugural Trans-Tasman 3MT competition was held at UQ in 2010.

During 2011 and 2012 the 3MT competition became even more widely known throughout the world and is now held in twelve countries.

See some of the past 3MT presentations from around the world here: http://threeminutethesis.org/3mt-showcase

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium Room 190 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
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Dr. Rauch presents at UCL’s Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies conference

Animalesque mask-like sculptures made in white, hanging on a wall.
Friday, September 19, 2014 - 3:15pm

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Graduate Program Director Dr. Barbara Rauch presented her research on ‘Synthetic Emotions of Hybrids’ in London, UK this week as part of the interdisciplinary conference “Humanity and Animality in 20th and 21st Century Culture: Narratives, Theories, Histories.”

The conference was hosted by University College London’s Joint Faculty Institute of Graduate Studies on September 15 and 16. The event stages an important debate in a field of growing importance in the humanities, where animal studies, post-humanism, and eco-criticism have arisen in recent years. A strikingly varied program of papers and debates chaired by high-profile contributors to this emerging field of study were presented. Dr. Rauch participated as a panel speaker to address theoretical and methodological issues alongside philosophy, history and art practice.

New Graduate Student Orientation

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 1:00pm to Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 12:30am

New Graduate student events and orientation

Office of Graduate Studies


9:15 – 10:30 a.m.
• Room 660, 100 McCaul Street, 6th floor

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
• The Great Hall, 2nd floor 100 McCaul
• Move from table to table meeting the friendly faces of OCAD U!

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
• Butterfield park, 100 McCaul Street

12:00 – 4:30 p.m.
PROGRAM MEETINGS, ADVISING AND TOURS (Program Specific Details will be emailed to each incoming student)

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
• Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
• 49 McCaul Street
• DJ and refreshments

FULL GRADUATE STUDENT ORIENTATION SCHEDULE Tuesday September 2, 2014, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Room 660, 100 McCaul Street, 6th floor

9:15 – 9:30 Registration and Refreshments

9:30 – 9:50 Welcome and Opening Remarks
• Sara Diamond, OCAD University President
• Helmut Reichenbächer, Associate VP, Research & Dean, Graduate
• Deanne Fisher, Associate Vice-President, Students

9:50 – 10:00 Introduction of Graduate Program Directors
• Andrea Fatona, Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
& Criticism and Curatorial Practice
• Tom Barker, Digital Futures
• Jutta Treviranus, Inclusive Design
• Barbara Rauch, Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design
• Lenore Richards, Strategic Foresight and Innovation

10:00 – 10:15 Student Conduct in the Academic Community
• Michael Prokopow, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

10:15 – 10:30 General Graduate Studies Overview
• Brian Desrosiers-Tam, Manager, Graduate Studies

LIBRARY ORIENTATION FOR NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS Room 7301, 205 Richmond Street West, 3rd floor

This session will provide a practical introduction to the unique collection and resources available through the Dorothy H. Hoover Library here at OCAD U. For more information or to access the Library catalogue and databases please follow this link: http://www.ocadu.ca/library.htm

Tuesday, September 9
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
• Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and
• Digital Futures
Wednesday, September 10
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
• Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art
• Criticism and Curatorial Practice
• Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Tuesday, August 26


5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room TBA
This workshop is designed to help the (25+) mature student who may feel out of touch with computers and technology, or would like a hands-on introduction (or refresher) to technology at OCAD U.

Discussion will introduce a variety of tools in place at OCAD U and include:
• The expanded laptop program
• How to navigate a Macintosh or Windows computer/laptop
• Basic file manipulation
• Use of USB keys and other storage devices
• Student email
• CANVAS (learning management system for students and faculty)
• Microsoft Office suite and more

All participants are encouraged to come with any questions they would like to discuss to help them transition into this digital age. NOTE: Be sure to bring your 7-digit student number and PIN to save time.
Are you a MATURE (25+) student and wish to participate in this workshop? Please RSVP to let us know you will attend.

Wednesday, August 27
5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Room 1512, Level 5, 113 McCaul Street
For (25+) mature students returning to school, a re-organization of your time, energy and resources is an important part of the transition. In this 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 your course schedule and any day-timers or calendars that you currently use.
Are you a MATURE (25+) student and wish to participate in this workshop? Please RSVP to let us know you will attend.

Thursday, August 28
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street
New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

A Social for Mature Students
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location: Black Bull Tavern, 298 Queen St. West, Toronto
Food/Snacks courtesy of Zipcar
New and advanced standing/returning mature grad and undergrad students (25+) are invited to make plans to attend the Annual Mature Student Welcome/Pub. This is a great opportunity to mix, mingle and get acquainted with other "older than average" peers. Connect with a few friendly faces before you hit the books, canvas, and/or laptops! Current mature students are welcome and encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors! $$ cash bar
Are you a MATURE (25+) student and wish to participate in this social?
Please RSVP to let us know you will attend.

Tuesday, September 2
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Campus Services, 115 McCaul Street, Level 1, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Note: Student ID cards can be picked up beginning September 2 and continuing into the fall term. For new students, there is no cost for your Photo ID Card. You must bring government-issued photo ID and proof of registration (print the page from My Records showing registered courses)
or a copy of your tuition receipt. Monday to Friday. Government-issued photo ID is required.

RAD Photos: Did you have your photo taken during Registration Assistance Days (RAD) in June? You can pick up your Photo ID at the Office of the Registrar (115 McCaul Street, Level 2) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Government-issued photo ID is required.

Time 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Location: Butterfield Park
All-beef hot dogs. Veggie hot dogs. Halal hot dogs. Popcorn. Cotton Candy.

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Location: Butterfield Park
Student-run clubs/groups, campus resources, and community vendor tables. Z103.5 on the O- DAYS! stage. Prizes!

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: Butterfield Park
Don't miss the Aboveground Art Supplies AMF, a great place to see the latest art and design materials from leading suppliers; see demonstrations, ask questions and get free samples.

3:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Location: Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street
OCAD Student Union (OCADSU) is gearing up to offer you an orientation/welcome back like no other! While the morning has the more formal portion for new students, EVERYONE is invited to party together in the afternoon and evening!
Thanks in part from the financial support of Nikon, Above Ground Art Supplies and Zipcar®, there will be live music, food trucks, art workshops, photo booth, games, and carnival rides to help kick off another great year at OCAD U!
$$ food trucks

Location: Butterfield Park
3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. DJ break
3:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Julia Weldon (Soloist)
5:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. DJ break
5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. James Knott & Chantelle Hope (Comedic Music Duet)
6:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. DJ break
6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. André Mair (4-person band)
8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. TBA

Wednesday, September 3
The full Graduate Studies Course schedule for Fall/Winter 2014-15 can be found here.

9:30 a.m to 12:00 p.m.
Digital Salon, 205 Richmond, 7th floor, suite 7701k
This open house will showcase the resources and supports available to graduate students to conduct their research and project installations at OCAD University. The support includes the use of shared maker facilities, a rapid prototyping lab, meeting and presentation/exhibition spaces. In addition, the DMRII coordinates opportunities for research assistant-ships in funded research projects, and experiential learning opportunities including showcasing graduate projects.

Details TBA
Location: Lambert Lounge (Room 187) and Butterfield Park

Friday, September 5
7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Location: XPACE Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne Ave. http://xpace.info/

Saturday, September 6
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Location: XPACE Cultural Centre, 303 Lansdowne Ave. http://xpace.info/

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 prior to August 22, 2014 in order for us to make the appropriate arrangements.

FOOD: Various snacks will be provided throughout the New Student Orientation activities.
It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, no later than August 22, 2014.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event.

The Office of Graduate Studies and its partners from across the University deliver various professional development and academic support workshops throughout the year. We encourage you to take part in as many as possible and are open to suggestions you may have for new and future workshops. Workshops will be announced through the Graduate Studies Weekly Blog and website.

Grant Writing for Graduate Students
This hands-on workshop will provide research proposal writing support for your upcoming SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship) and/or Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). Please bring draft copies of your proposals to work on in the session. Please RSVP here.

Facilitator: Dr. Martha Ladly is a Professor of Design teaching in the Digital Futures Graduate and Undergraduate Programs at OCAD U, as well as the Interdisciplinary Master's Program. Dr. Ladly specializes in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology. For more information about Dr. Ladly please click here.

Wednesday, October 1,
9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Room 7310
205 Richmond Street W

OGS/SSHRC Information for Students
Interested in applying for an SSHRC (Canadian Graduate Scholarship)
and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards and all full- time graduate students are encouraged to apply. Please RSVP here.

Presented by: The Office of Graduate Studies
For further details about scholarships and funding please click here.

Tuesday, September 23,
3:30 to 5:00 p.m second session TBD
Room 7301
205 Richmond Street W

This workshop has been designed for new OCAD U graduate students
to prepare you for graduate level work. We will discuss the fundamental elements in engaging in complex concepts, develop strategies for critical and analytical writing and learn to conduct effective research. Please RSVP here.

Please choose from one of the two dates on offer.

Presented by: The Writing and Learning Centre. http://www.ocadu.ca/students/wlc.htm

Tuesday, September 16,
3:00 to 6:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, September
24, 2014
8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Room 7310
205 Richmond Street W

Venue & Address: 
Multiple locations - please reference the schedule 100 McCaul St. and 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario &nbsp;
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Graduate students win international recognition from Association of Professional Futurists

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:30pm

Students from OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) graduate program picked up four awards at the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) 2014 Student Recognition Competition this month. Entries came from 26 universities around the world, including teams from Australia, India and Finland. The AFP represents professional futurists — people who study the future in order to help global corporations, small businesses, consultancies, education, non-profits and governments prepare for and gain advantage from coming changes.

The competition aims to recognize students who do outstanding work in futures studies. Associate Professor Suzanne Stein organized OCAD U’s student individual and team submissions, including work from both the SFI program and OCAD U’s Digital Futures program. The student work came out of the Foresight Studio, co-instructed by Stein and Assistant Professor Stuart Candy, as well as an Independent Study with Associate Professor Peter Jones. An international jury included OCAD U SFI graduate Zan Chandler (she was not permitted to review her Alma Mater submissions to avoid bias).

"A professional futurist studies possible, probable and preferable futures in order to help people understand, anticipate, prepare for and gain advantage from coming changes,” said Stein. “It is not the goal of a futurist to predict, but to assist others to understand their strategic options, in order to enable wiser decisions today."

Each student team was partnered with an industry ambassador or advisor to help ground the conversation in concerns, dilemmas and understandings that are critical to their industries today. Participation in this year’s competition builds on a new project in Foresight Studio called Time Machine, where students produce reports on possible future scenarios as well as create design-led, immersive simulations of selected stories for students, faculty, and community participants to explore.

APF Student Recognition Competition Achievements:

Graduate Individual:

Melissa Daly-Buajitti:
Towards a New Social Economy
(Second Prize)
Comparing the key functions driving social interaction within Twitter to exchanges of commodity and currency, Daly-Buajitti’s project proposes a framework by which to conceive of an emerging "social economy," and discusses the impacts such a format of socializing might have on our sense of self and interpersonal relationships.  

Graduate Team:

Zahra Ebrahim, Jonathan Hoss, Karen Maxwell and Shannah Segal:
Futures of Broadcast
(First Prize)
With the assistance of an industry ambassador from TVO, the team examined the potential evolution of Canadian public broadcasting over the next two decades.

Hilary Best, Jennifer Chan, Karen Oikonen and Lauren Snowball:
Futures of Foreign Aid (Second Prize)
With an ambassador from Engineers Without Borders, the team produced a detailed overview of possible futures for the foreign aid sector through the year 2040.

Alternative Format:

Melissa Daly-Buajitti, Mark Singh and Adam Starkman:
Futures of Affluence
(Second prize)
Core to this team’s project was “Nousopoly,” a new take on a well-known board game based on the dynamics of winner-takes-all capitalism, but redesigned to reflect a multiple-currency landscape in 2053. The team had ambassadorial input from Scotiabank.

“The Strategic Foresight & Innovation program has crafted a unique offering where design pedagogy and foresight practice meet. These awards demonstrate what a powerful combination that can be,” said Candy.