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

NEW GRADUATE STUDENT
ORIENTATION 2014
Office of Graduate Studies

TIME: TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014

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

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
SERVICE EXPO
• 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.
OCAD U WELCOME
• 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.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT MEET UP
• Graduate Gallery, 205 Richmond Street West, Ground Floor

6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
WELCOME RECEPTION
• 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
Studies
• 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

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

Tuesday, August 26

OPTIONAL ORIENTATION EVENTS
http://www.ocadu.ca/students/campus_life/fall_orientation.htm

COMPUTERS & TECHNOLOGY AT OCAD U WORKSHOP for Mature Students
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
TIME MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP for Mature Students
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
WELCOME RECEPTION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
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.

ANNUAL WELCOME/PUB:
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
STUDENT ID CARDS
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.

O-DAYS BBQ
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.

ANNUAL COMMUNITY FAIR
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!

ANNUAL ABOVEGROUND ART MATERIALS FAIR (AMF)
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.

OCADSU CARNIVAL!
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

O-DAYS! STAGE
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
FIRST DAY OF CLASSES
The full Graduate Studies Course schedule for Fall/Winter 2014-15 can be found here.

DIGITAL MEDIA RESEARCH AND INNOVATION INSTITUTE (DMRII) OPEN HOUSE
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.

INDIGENOUS VISUAL CULTURE (INVC) BUFFALO LUNCH
Details TBA
Location: Lambert Lounge (Room 187) and Butterfield Park

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

Saturday, September 6
XPACE WINE AND CHEESE FOR NEW GRADUATE STUDENTS
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.

UPCOMING FALL 2014 WORKSHOPS
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,
2014
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,
2014
3:30 to 5:00 p.m second session TBD
Room 7301
205 Richmond Street W

CACHE
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,
2014
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  
Email: 
<p><a href="mailto:gradstudies@ocadu.ca">gradstudies@ocadu.ca</a></p>
Phone: 
<p>416-977-6000 x 423</p>
Cost: 
Free

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.

OCAD U to offer Master of Design in Inclusive Design; Graduate Program in Digital Futures

Monday, January 31, 2011 - 8:15pm

(Toronto — January 31, 2011) OCAD University (OCAD U) is now accepting applications for two new graduate programs: a Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design* and a Graduate Program in Digital Futures (Graduate Diploma and MA, MDes, MFA)*. Applications for the 2011/2012 term will be accepted until Monday, May 2, 2011.

“These unique new programs address the Canadian digital economy’s ever-increasing demand for artists, designers, innovators and leaders in the fields of inclusive design, digital media and new technologies,” explained Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer, Associate Vice-President, Research and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at OCAD U. “The MDes in Inclusive Design, the first program of its kind in Canada and one of only two in the world, builds on and benefits from the recent addition of the Inclusive Design Research Centre and the Inclusive Design Institute to our campus, led by world-renowned inclusive design expert Jutta Treviranus. It is the only program in Ontario directly building capacity needed to address Ontario's Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The Graduate Program in Digital Futures features unique partnerships with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab and the University of Waterloo, and builds on OCAD U's demonstrated strengths in practice and research in the fields of digital art, design and media.”

These new programs promise to produce graduates with the highly sought after skills and expertise needed in Canada’s creative and digital economies and present a significant contribution to further diversify Ontario’s expanding postsecondary education system.

Master of Design in Inclusive Design

What is Inclusive Design?
Inclusive Design is design that is inclusive of the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age and other forms of human difference.

Inclusive design is important because:

  • An aging demographic with associated dramatic rise in incidence of disabilities makes accessibility an increasing concern;
  • Access to online services can no longer be considered optional — it is an essential part of daily life;
  • Exclusion and inequality have broad and devastating social and economic impacts for society as a whole, not only the excluded.

The focus of the MDes in Inclusive Design will be on building inclusive design expertise in digital media and information and communication technologies (ICT) and practices. This innovative program responds to the increasing demand for designers and developers with specialized knowledge in inclusive design principles and practices, and will produce graduates with the capacity to form, lead and sustain a much-needed community of expertise on digital inclusion, spanning multiple sectors. Graduates will apply their studies in all sectors that engage digital media and ICT systems, including government and education sectors, digital industries, entertainment, arts, culture, health, communication design, wayfinding, architectural systems design, mobile and interactive industries and many others.

The MDes in Inclusive Design is a low residency, two-year program with an executive style delivery format to accommodate the needs of working professionals and international students.

Key Features of the MDes in Inclusive Design:

  • The program is designed to be fully accessible to students and faculty with diverse needs, including students with disabilities and students for whom English is a second language.
  • Two on-site intensive summer sessions each year in which students will be engaged in intensive academic programming and collaborative experiences to familiarize them with fellow students, faculty members and researchers.
  • Innovative, engaging and interactive online courses which use highly interactive and engaging instructional design techniques. These include online collaborative group activities, discussion forums with guest experts, moderated synchronous chats, and guided online tours of both online and physical sites and examples.
  • Multidisciplinary seminars co-taught by world leaders in inclusive design and emerging information and communication technologies and practices.
  • Student engagement in successful, open source, open access international research projects addressing a rich diversity of issues and challenges related to inclusive design of ICT systems and practices.
  • A major culminating project relating to a real world issue that both develops and demonstrates the knowledge and skills gained during the course of the program.

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

The Graduate Program in Digital Futures is a unique, practice-based program situated within the Digital Futures Initiative at OCAD U, a set of new cross-disciplinary programs in practice, research and innovation related to digital media and its emergent developments. The program builds on OCAD U's historic strengths in practice and research in art, design and media, providing ongoing innovation and foresight in curriculum, teaching, and creative digital practice.

Graduates of the program will contribute to the development and application of new knowledge in creative digital technology practices, content, and experiences, providing insights into human needs and desires in a technologically dependent world.

The Graduate Program in Digital Futures offers both a part-time Graduate Diploma and a full-time Master’s (MA, MFA or MDes). The Graduate Diploma is a course-based program offered on a part-time basis in order to provide flexible study options for working professionals and practitioners. The Master’s is a full-time practice-based program offered over five semesters.

Key Features of the Graduate Program in Digital Futures:

  • A partnership with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab, whose established, critically-acclaimed post-graduate residency in digital media production will be integrated into both the degree and diploma programs. This unique collaboration will afford students the opportunity to engage in an Intensive Project/Prototyping Spring Institute held at the MaRS Discovery District;
  • A cohort-based Digital Media Immersion that kicks off the program with a full two-week grounding in digital futures, providing an introduction to the program and a foundation in the current state of digital practices, along with team building and leadership skills development in partnership with the University of Waterloo;
  • The opportunity for industry and research internships, a term placement with a local, national or international industrial media/technology industry or business. The internship provides students with industry and research opportunities to integrate the knowledge learned in first-year seminars with real world digital media business and production;
  • Participation in the annual Digital Media Producer-in-Residence program which brings internationally renowned practitioners in digital technologies and digital media production to OCAD U and the CFC Media Lab for a one-week residency during which they conduct seminars, and work directly with students on their projects;
  • International exchange opportunities with partner institutions in Europe, India, and South America.

Application information, program requirements and a list of faculty members for each program may be found on OCAD U’s Graduate Studies web pages at www.ocad.ca/gradstudies.

*pending approval from the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies.

 

Background Information:

About the Inclusive Design Research Centre and the Inclusive Design Institute
The Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) is the reconstitution of the 16 year-old Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) of the University of Toronto at OCAD U. The IDRC, continuing the important international role of the ATRC, conducts multi-disciplinary, multi-sector research and development on the inclusive design of emerging information and communication systems and practices — or designing for diversity. IDRC research addresses the full lifecycle of information and communication systems and practices — from design to implementation to evaluation and policy. The IDRC research community values collaboration, broad participation, transparency, and openness. The Inclusive Design Institute (IDI) is a regional research hub, led by Jutta Treviranus, funded by both the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation with 8 postsecondary institutions as core partners, namely OCAD U, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, York University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Sheridan, George Brown College and Seneca College. The IDI shares the research focus of the IDRC. Both IDI and IDRC research projects engage a range of collaborating organizations from around the world.

About the Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
The Canadian Film Centre is Canada’s largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada’s diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial and distribution opportunities for top creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country’s most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. CFC Media Lab is Canada’s acclaimed institute for digital media that provides a unique training, research and production think-tank environment for emerging new media artists, content developers and practitioners. CFC Media Lab has been experimenting with the interactive narrative form since 1997 and in the past ten years, have produced over 60 prototypes ranging from web-based interactive documentaries to “shuffle videos” — the creation of randomly generated movies on the iPod. For more information please visit www.cfccreates.com.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

CFC Media Lab Partners with OCAD University to offer unique graduate program in Digital Futures

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 - 4:00am

(Toronto — April 20, 2011) OCAD University (OCAD U) and CFC Media Lab (Canadian Film Centre) announce their partnership in the launch of a new and innovative Graduate Program in Digital Futures, with a part-time Graduate Diploma and full-time (MA, MDes, and MFA) Master's Degrees. The program received its final approval from the Ontario Council on Graduate Studies last week. Applications for the 2011/2012 term will be accepted until Monday, May 2, 2011. Late applications may be considered depending on the availability of places in the program.

The graduate program is situated within the Digital Futures Initiative (DFI) at OCAD University, a set of cross-disciplinary programs in practice-based research and innovation in digital media and emergent technologies. Having been at the forefront of incubating and accelerating Canadian digital media talent and companies for over a decade, CFC Media Lab is a uniquely positioned partner in this practiced-based graduate program aimed at future innovators, leaders and creators of digital media and new technologies.

"Students in the Graduate Program in Digital Futures will contribute to creative innovation and the application of new knowledge in digital technologies, practices, content, systems, and experiences, in addition providing insight into sustainable development in a technologically mediated world,” said Dr. Helmut Reichenbächer, Associate Vice-President, Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, OCAD U.

"Together, OCAD U and CFC Media Lab have created one of Canada’s leading digital media partnerships, with highly experienced faculty, interdisciplinary teams, diversified industry and cultural partnerships, as well as key cross-sector expertise,” said Ana Serrano, Director, CFC Media Lab.

Complete program details, application information, program requirements and a list of faculty members for each program may be found on OCAD U’s Graduate Studies web pages at www.ocad.ca/gradstudies.

A partnership with the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Media Lab, whose established, critically-acclaimed post-graduate residency in digital media production will be integrated into both the degree and diploma programs will afford students the opportunity to participate in an Intensive Project/Prototyping Spring Institute held at the MaRS Discovery District.

About Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
The Canadian Film Centre is Canada’s largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada’s diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial and distribution opportunities for top creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country’s most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. Founded in 1997, the CFC Media Lab provides a unique collaborative training, acceleration and creative production think-tank environment for emerging new media content developers, practitioners and companies. An internationally acclaimed and award-winning facility, graduates of the CFC Media Lab emerge as leaders in the world of interactive media, produce innovative projects and start up 21st century companies.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information contact:

Barry Patterson, Director, Marketing & Communications, Canadian Film Centre
416-445-1446 Ext 314

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University presents two-day digital media symposium, Euphoria & Dystopia

Monday, January 14, 2013 - 5:00am

(Toronto—January 14, 2013) OCAD University presents Euphoria & Dystopia, a two-day digital media symposium and graduate student research workshop on January 31 and February 1, 2013.

The period of the early 1990s through to 2005 saw intensive technological change; the massive adoption of digital media, the rise, fall, and re-emergence of an information, technology, and communication boom economy. Euphoria and Dystopia invites reflection on the digital concerns of the 1990s and early 21st century, weighing these preoccupations against contemporary research, industrial, social and cultural trends.

Sponsored by national research network and commercialization engine GRAND NCE, Euphoria & Dystopia takes its inspiration from the book Euphoria and Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues, edited by Dr. Sarah E. Cook and OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond. The publication is a compendium of some of the most important thinking about art, design technology and the new media industries to have taken place in the last few decades at the international level.

Euphoria & Dystopia will feature dialogues among current digital media researchers, designers, artists and scientists; a master’s and doctoral student research workshop and an authors’ keynote and book launch. Moderated panel discussions will investigate themes coinciding with the chapters of Euphoria & Dystopia: the Banff New Media Institute Dialogues:

  • new media economies, copyright and open source models; the growing importance of data, its analysis and visualization, memory and documentation;
  • the underlying scientific grounding for new media in physics and graphics computing;
  • changes in how we understand humanity: artificial life, artificial intelligence, robotics;
  • new media art: curatorial practice, digital art’s exhibition and historicisation;
  • Online social and individual identity gender, cultural difference, health and wellness; and
  • Production and Distribution: models of production and collaboration in new media.

Sara Diamond, co-author and Founding Director of the BNMI invites audiences to experience exciting foresights about our digital world. “As we did at The Banff Centre, these events gather together many forms of intelligence, knowing that unpredictable and exciting networks, projects and ideas will arise.”

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Lyn Bartram, Assistant Professor , School of Interactive Arts & Technology, Simon Fraser University, creator of human centred systems 
  • Philip Beesley, Professor, School of Architecture, University of Waterloo, Winner of Prix de Rome in Architecture, VIDA 11.0, FEIDAD, two Governor General’s Awards
  • Dr. Joanna Berzowska, Assistant Professor of Design and Computation Arts, Concordia University, Founder and Director of XS Labs, wearable technologies
  • Mark Bishop, Co-CEO & Executive Producer, Marble Media
  • Dr. Kellogg Booth, Scientific Director, GRAND National Centre of Excellence
  • Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale, Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Calgary, Canada Research Chair and researcher information visualization and user centred design
  • Dr. Sarah Cook, Reader & Director of MA in Curating Module, University of Sunderland
  • Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University, O. of Ont., RCA
  • Steve Dietz, Independent Curator, President and Artistic Director Northern Lights
  • Dr. Sidney Fels, Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of British Columbia, Director of Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC)
  • Dr. Eugene Fiume, Professor and past Chair of the Department of Computer Science, University of Toronto
  • Dr. Abby Goodrum, VP Research, Wilfrid Laurier University, Director for Social Science and Humanities Research, GRAND
  • Susan Kennard, Manager of Heritage Programs, Banff Field Unit, Parks Canada, former Director BNMI
  • Keith Kocho, Entrepreneur of the Year, Founder & President, ExtendMedia Inc.
  • Dr. Maria Lantin, Director of the Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Cheryl l'Hirondelle, Indigenous Media Artist and Musician
  • James (Jamie) Love, Director of Knowledge Ecology International, U.S. co-chair of the Trans-Atlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Intellectual Property Policy Committee
  • Dr. Celia Pearce, Associate Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Tech, games analyst and interactive designer
  • Ellie Rubin, Founder of Bulldog, creator of Technorati web series and television personality
  • Dr. Kim Sawchuk, Department of Communication Studies & Mobile Media Lab, Concordia University, editor Canadian Journal of Communication
  • Stephen Selznick, Partner at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, Digital and Entertainment law expert
  • Jutta Treviranus, Director and Professor at Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University

Guests are invited to register (free) for the keynote talk and book launch on January 31 at http://edlaunch-es2001.eventbrite.ca.

All symposium and workshop events are free, no registration required. For a complete schedule, visit http://euphoriadystopia.ca/.
 

 

 

Background:

About the book:
Based on the research of the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI) from 1995 to 2005, Euphoria and Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues celebrates the belief that the creative sector, artists and cultural industries, in collaboration with scientists, social scientists and humanists, have a critical role to play in developing technologies that work for human and environmental betterment and allow for a more participatory culture. The book/archive examines the major trends in digital media practice, research and economies during the period of 1995 to 2005, with consideration of earlier roots and later history. The book is organized by key themes that have underscored the dialogues of the BNMI and within each are carefully edited transcriptions drawn from thousands of hours of audio material documenting BNMI events such as the annual Interactive Screen and the numerous summits and workshops. Each chapter is introduced by an essay from the book editors that discusses the dialogues, research and creative co-production at Banff from 1990 to 2005 and a commissioned essay from a leading new media thinker. The book includes the catalogue for The Art Formerly Known As New Media exhibition, Walter Phillips Gallery, 2005 and a DVD based on the electronic journal and online gallery produced at Banff, HorizonZero.ca in collaboration with Heritage Canada..

More on the Banff New Media Institute (BNMI):
The Banff New Media Institute (1995-2010) in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountains was a dynamic international centre that addressed dramatically changing times — the heady rise of the digital age, its tumultuous descent, and its reformulation. BNMI hosted leading artists, designers, computer scientists and engineers, mathematicians, physicists, biologists, chemists, humanists, social scientists, and medical researchers. Its cutting edge summits (think tanks) foretold that future. These occurred at The Banff Centre, side by side with international artists’ residencies, co-productions, transdisciplinary research, new media exhibitions and the incubation of commercial products and companies. The BNMI predicted and shaped trends in digital media.

OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

GRAND NCE:
GRAND (Graphics, Animation and New Media) is a research network and commercialization engine whose goal is to address complex issues in digital media and transform multidisciplinary research into user-centred solutions. GRAND explores the use and application of digital media in a variety of settings including entertainment, health care, education, environmental sustainability and public policy.

GRAND is a federally funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE), and supports 37 research projects involving teams of researchers at 26 universities across Canada. Partnering with more than 60 industry, government, and non-profit organizations, GRAND is able to facilitate research across the broad spectrum of digital media by linking computer scientists and engineers with artists, designers and social scientists.

Through technology solutions, training the next generation of talent and encouraging a robust policy environment, GRAND plays a pivotal role in supporting Canada’s National Digital Economy Strategy.

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All Inclusive

All Inclusive
Friday, July 26, 2013 - 8:00pm

An exhibit of work from students in the summer 2013 Inclusive Art, Design and Communication course

Graduate students in OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Program are presenting new artworks that explore the possibilities and challenges of translation, accessibility or inclusivity in art making and art presentations.

The public is invited to view the work on Friday, July 26, 4-6 p.m. in the Open Gallery, 49 McCall Street, Toronto.

The exploration of inclusion in art practice is part of the two-year Master of Design (MDes) in Inclusive Design. This program offers graduate students a unique opportunity to become global leaders in the emerging field of inclusive design in information and communication technologies (ICT) and practices. Inclusive Design encompasses the full range of human diversity including ability, language, culture, gender and age. Led by an accomplished and diverse faculty, our students are urged to think differently in order to break through existing societal barriers to address the growing global demand for inclusively designed digital technologies, products and services.

Participating students include:

Dina Anker
Noelle Campbell-Smith
Karman Chan
Qi Chen
Sarah Crosskey
Andrei Dacko
Jan Derbyshire
Angela Dosis
Sara Durning
Feriyal Hallajarani
Lawrence Kwok
Brandon Laird
Lester Leung
Ambrose Li
Maz Mohad
Vanessa Pfaff
Angela Punshon
Paul Shecter
Mariel Vandeloo

Twitter #allinclusiveshow

 

Free

 

Venue & Address: 
Open Gallery 49 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario

CHROMO

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 12:00am to Wednesday, December 18, 2013 - 9:15pm

Thesis Exhibition of Interdisciplinary Master's Student Sara MacLean

Please join the IAMD Program and the Graduate Studies Department in celebrating the IAMD Thesis Exhibition of MFA Candidate Sara MacLean.

Throughout spring and summer 2013, graduating candidates from the IAMD program will present their thesis work in galleries and public spaces across Toronto. These exhibitions explore a wide variety of interdisciplinary subject matter and media including, drawing & painting, sound art, video, performance, health design, photography, furniture design, sculpture and installation.

 

www.ocadu.ca/graduate-studies/programs/interdisciplinary-masters-in-art-media-and-design.htm

 

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Great Hall 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario
Sara Maclean CHROMO poster with event info overtop photograph of bedspread

Graduate Studies Orientation

 Graduate Studies Orientation
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 1:00pm

Graduate Studies New Student Orientation

Grad Orientation is a chance for new students to learn more about all the departments & services at OCAD U!

Grad Orientation is a chance for new students to learn more about all the departments & services at OCAD U!
The President, Dean, Associate Dean, Graduate Program Directors and Office Staff will be on hand to introduce themselves and give more information to new students.
Members across the OCAD U Community will give presentations about their respective departments and areas of service.
Coffee and refreshments will be served.

 

416.977.6000 x4367

 

www.ocadu.ca/Assets/image_media/OCAD/academic_programs/graduate+studies/Graduate+Studies+Orientation+Schedule+2013-14.pdf

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
Room 660, 6th Floor 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

Graduate Studies Welcome Reception

Graduate Studies Welcome Reception
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 - 10:30pm

Party Down with all the New Grad Students at the Rex!

Please join us in welcoming our 2013 cohort of New Graduate Students!

When: Tuesday September 3rd, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Where: The Rex, 194 Queen Street West

Refreshments will be served
Cash Bar and Dj

If you stay on for the band after 9:30 there is a small cover charge

Hope you will be able to join us!

 

416.977.6000 x4367

 

www.ocadu.ca/Assets/image_media/OCAD/academic_programs/graduate+studies/Graduate+Studies+Orientation+Schedule+2013-14.pdf

 

Free

Venue & Address: 
The Rex 194 Queen Street West Toronto, Ontario

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