Late registration period for graduate studies courses that begin the week of July 23.

Late registration period for graduate studies courses that begin the week of July 23.

Spring/summer 2018 term registration opens at 1:00 p.m. for graduate studies students.

Spring/summer 2018 term registration opens at 1:00 p.m. for graduate studies students.

Thesis and MRP Formatting Workshops

Thesis and MRP Formatting Workshops
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 4:00pm to Monday, April 16, 2018 - 11:00pm

Are you a graduate student in your final year? Are you working on finishing up your MRP or thesis? Do you have questions about the required format for your document? Would you like to learn more about the final submission process?

If yes, then stop by any of the below Thesis and MRP Formatting Workshops for a brief overview of thesis and MRP format guidelines, the final submission process; and a chance to ask any questions you may have about the formatting of your own document.

  • Thursday, March 15 – 4:00 to 5:00PM
  • Tuesday, March 20 – 12:00 to 1:00PM
  • Wednesday, March 28 – 3:00 to 4:00PM
  • Friday, April 6 – 10:00 to 11:00AM
  • Tuesday, April 10 – 1:00 to 2:00PM
  • Monday, April 16 – 10:00 to 11:00AM

All workshops will take place in Room 701B on the 7th floor of 205 Richmond St. W. The same content will be covered in each of the six workshop sessions – attend any one that works for your schedule!

Topics that will be covered:

  • The differences between regular and bespoke formats
  • Common formatting issues to avoid
  • The final submission process
  • Navigating the Open Research Repository

Thesis and MRP format checklists will also be available in these sessions to help you as you’re putting the final touches on your document.

Venue & Address: 
Room 701B, 7th floor, 205 Richmond St. W.

New Graduate Student Travel Fund

Graduate Student Travel Fund
Monday, March 26, 2018

The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the introduction of the new OCAD University Graduate Student Travel Fund!

This new fund will create a more equitable framework (open to all graduate students across all graduate programs) and with three deadlines annually will create a more balanced approach than the current first-come, first-served funding option.

While many university graduate student travel funds are limited to dissemination (e.g. conference or symposia), the nature of our programs suggests that students would benefit significantly from travel that allows them to do research as well. Rather than create two separate entities, we have determined to use a single fund for ease of operation and distribution. This new fund will be designated exclusively to student travel related to research and dissemination; we anticipate being able to support between 25 and 35 applications annually.

To get things started, we are launching the first competition today (March 2), with a deadline of March 26, 2018. All students who are planning conference or research travel in the next six months are encouraged to submit an application. Principal Advisors and graduate faculty members should also encourage their students to consider applying to the fund in support of their students’ research.

The guidelines and application procedures for the new Travel Fund are available here.

If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Studies Officer, Anne Ahrens-Embleton at


Info Session - GroundWorks: an Indigenous intensive learning experience

GroundWorks Banner
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Every July, the University of British Columbia (Okanagan campus in Kelowna) holds a four-week Indigenous intensive program featuring numerous guest lecturers, resident artists, visiting curators, and cohorts of graduate and undergraduate students.

There are courses in visual art, creative writing, Indigenous studies, all toward developing an immersive learning experience.

This year, the Dean of Graduate Studies at OCAD U will be offering “GroundWorks,” an independent study for up to five graduate students which will involve:

  • an initial visit to the Vancouver Art Gallery to participate in the inaugural exhibition by Tarah Hogue, Senior Indigenous curatorial fellow;
  • a two-week participatory residency at the UBCO campus in Kelowna;
  • and participation in the “Beyond Reconciliation” seminar at the end of July, also in Kelowna.

Activities will include a seminar and conversation with the artists at the Vancouver Art Gallery (Peter Morin and Ayumi Goto), studio and lecture visits at UBCO, participation in formal and informal course offerings, and a visit to the BUSH gallery, a conceptual space for land based art and action led by Indigenous artists in Neskonlith (two hours from Kelowna).

As an immersive environment, Groundworks will be portfolio based, with students consulting with the instructor to determine individual trajectories.

This course will be of particular interest to students who wish to engage with Indigenous artistic practices and ways of knowing, but is also of general interest, so students would not need this to be a focus of their Masters project.

We will hold a short information session on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Room 701K at 205 Richmond Street West to show past intensives and answer questions.

Students will be granted airfare to Vancouver and bus transport to Kelowna, and accommodation for three days in Vancouver and two weeks in Kelowna. They will be asked to present on their experiences to the wider graduate community in the fall of 2018.

Students should submit a letter of interest by March 19, 2018.

The letter should express:

  1. your interest in attending the course 
  2. why you think this would be advantageous for you and your area of study
  3. your availability for the entire16 days (July 12 to July 28)**

**You will need to be available to fly from Toronto to Vancouver on July 12 and return by flight from Kelowna on July 28 (we will go to Kelowna by bus or road transport around July 15 or 16). 


Venue & Address: 
Room 701K @ 205 Richmond Street

un-histories: art and the unconcluded

un-histories: art and the unconcluded
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, March 10, 2018 - 8:00pm

March 9, 7:00 PM

Keynote by Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 10, 9:30 AM-5:30 PM

Conference panel presentations from graduate students, artists, and arts professionals from Toronto and abroad, followed by a closing reception at OCADU’s Graduate Gallery


Within the term “history” lies a conceptual confinement—the presumption that the topics being written about remain consigned to the past. This conference seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Through the notion of “un-histories,” conventional limits can be unsettled by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions: by re-organizing the composition of the past, by re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives, and by destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.

Keynote Presentation

Unthinking Expo 67

Dr. Monika Kin Gagnon (Concordia University)

March 9, 7:00 PM, 100 McCaul Street, room 190

Dr. Gagnon will present on her co-curated exhibition À la recherche d’Expo 67 / In Search of Expo 67 (2017) which featured 19 Canadian and Québec contemporary artists taking inspiration from the landmark international event, 50 years later.  Discussing the original Expo 67 in connection to artworks by Althea Thauberger, Leisure, CINEMAexpo67, Geronimo Inutiq and others, Gagnon speaks on the distinct methods of contemporary art offers for exploring cultural history.  Engaging the process of “unthinking” developed by Ella Shohat and Robert Stam, which activates the movement between knowledge, history and media, Gagnon will show how the artworks of In Search of Expo 67 are positioned as vital forms of animating the archive and knowing the past in the present.

Monika Kin Gagnon is Professor of Communication Studies and a Concordia University Research Fellow. She has published widely on cultural politics, memory, and visual/media arts since the 1980s. Her books include Other Conundrums: Race, Culture and Canadian Art (2000), 13 Conversations about Art and Cultural Race Politics (2002, with Richard Fung), and Reimagining Cinema: Film at Expo 67 (2014, with Janine Marchessault). Her media works include the DVD-catalogue and restoration project of her late artist-father’s experimental 1960’s film, Charles Gagnon: 4 Films (2009), and the interactive database Archiving R69 (2011). Currently, she is completing a book exploring posthumous collaborations with filmmakers as a form of creative archiving.



Graduate Gallery
205 Richmond Street West
Saturday March 10, 2018

Shown in conjunction with the 2018 CADN Graduate Student Conference un-histories: art and the unconcluded, which seeks to seeks to counter history’s containment and to foreground its continuing relevance in the present. Using the notion of “un-histories” to unsettle conventional limits of history by prompting critical inquiries into how history functions, encouraging: re-organizing the composition of the past, re-constructing methods of transmitting narratives,
and destabilizing the seeming linearity of events. Un-histories reimagine history as a practice for addressing the “unconcluded”—subjectivities and narratives previously considered spectral, disparaged, marginalized, erased, shamed, abashed, or localized.


Artwork on display:
Ukiuktaqtumi, Stephen Puskas, 2017
30:10 minutes, colour

A father picking arctic berries with his daughters on a sunny September day and a group of elders playing dice at a local community centre make up two separable moments bound together by Montreal-based Inuk artist Stephen Agluvak Puskas’s short-film Ukiuktaqtumi (2017). Lyrically stitching together video footage found on the web (each
borrowed with consent from the original videographers), Puskas shapes a wide-ranging view of Inuit life ukiuktaqtumi (“in the North”). In a gesture of endurance, the independent yet woven threads of narrative in Ukiuktaqtumi often begin inside of a moment and unravel without conclusion.

Through these rifts in continuity, Puskas echos the imperative of self-representation for Inuit communities in Canada, whose prolonged subjugation to the colonial lens has fostered inaccurate narratives that call for an unlearning and dismantling of such histories. Ukiuktaqtumi does just this—made in response to non-Inuit filmmaker Dominic Gagnon’s Of the North (compiled of taken footage that constructed a distorted image of Inuit), Puskas presents a selfdetermined
and consenting outlook of life in the North – full of variance, movement, and (dis)/continuities.


Artist Bio:
Stephen Agluvak Puskas is co-founder and former producer for Nipivut, Montreal's Inuit community radio show. Selected by the Senate in 2017 as an Indigenous Youth Leader, Stephen works to improve Indigenous representation in media and to shed light on the exploitation of Inuit culture like with Ungava Gin. He volunteers for Dawson College's Indigenous Education Council and has also helped write the Inuit chapter of the Indigenous cultural awareness manual for the SPVM. Stephen's film about Inuit self-representation, Ukiuktaqtumi (OO-KEE-UKTAK-
TOO-MEE) recently won the Prix de la Releve at 2017's Presence Autochtone and he is currently an associate producer at the National Film Board, working on the coastal Labrador project, which aims to support Labrador Inuit in producing documentary films.


Throughout this exhibition we are encouraging and accepting donations for Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami: The National Representational Organization Protecting and Advancing the Rights and Interests of Inuit in Canada.
Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami serves as a national voice protecting and advancing the rights and interests of Inuit in Canada, with a stated vision for Canadian Inuit to prosper through unity and self-determination.
More information can be found at :


We would also like to thank VTape ( for their assistance in organizing the presentation of this work.

This conference is organized by students in the MA Program in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories at OCAD University. Special thanks is given to the Office of Graduate Studies, the President's Office, the Faculty of Art, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences/School of Interdisciplinary Studies for their generous support.





Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Auditorium, Rm. 190 100 McCaul Street, Toronto Ontario, M5T 1W1
un-histories: art and the unconcluded
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OCADU Graduate Academic Intensive Workshop Series

Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 3:00pm to Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 5:00pm

These workshops are designed to aid graduate students whose native language is not English and to give them strategies to support their academic work. In addition to helping students with their academic reading, research and writing, additional objectives include improving oral fluency, speaking and presentation skills. The workshops are designed to be interactive and student-centred. Students should be prepared to participate in group discussions, do in-class exercises as well as takehome assignments. While priority will be given to ELL students, all graduate students interested in attending the series or a single workshop should contact the facilitator or the WLC.

All workshops will be held in 205 Richmond, Room 511 on Thursdays from 3-5pm.

Week 1: Critical Reading Strategies— Jan 11th, 2018
This workshop will focus on time-saving tips, skimming, increasing vocabulary, and techniques for retaining information. Students will also practice more advanced skills such as recognizing style, tone, contexts, cultural allusions and references, implicit/explicit meanings, rhetorical strategies, types of argumentation by examining and analyzing different kinds of texts. Students will also generate discussion questions and gain confidence with sharing opinions and debating topics with their peers.

Week 2: Research Pathways— Jan 18th, 2018
Graduate students often begin their research journey with questions, issues and problems that combine fields and disciplines. This workshop will give students strategies for mapping out graduate their research pathways, accessing sources in the library catalogue and databases, and engaging with research materials. Along with an overview of note-taking, summarizing and paraphrasing research, we will also discuss various research challenges that graduate students encounter.

Week 3: Improving Writing Style— Jan 25th, 2018
Learning to make stylistic choices based on one’s topic and audience is the foundation to finding one’s voice as a writer. This workshop will empower students to improve their writing by analyzing tone, diction, sentence structure, and paragraph organization. This workshop may also address writing “crimes” such as clichés, jargon, lack of clarity, and weak argumentation. Students will also give peer feedback on written work, identify common errors and learn to incorporate feedback.

Week 4: Presenting and Pitching— Feb 1st, 2018
For designers and creators, strong presentation skills are not supplementary, but necessary to community-building and collaboration. In this workshop, students will gain more confidence with presenting their work and pitching their ideas effectively in a range of formal and casual situations. Students will hone their storytelling abilities to gain comfort with networking and describing their experiences and expertise.

If you wish to attend this workshop series or have any questions, please contact:
Phoebe Wang, ELL Writing and Learning Consultant
416-977-6000, Ext. 3354

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., Room 511
416-977-6000, Ext. 3354

You're Invited! Meet & Greet with Ashok Mathur, Dean Graduate Studies

Ashok Marthur
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Join us in welcoming our new Dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Ashok Mathur.

Dr. Mathur holds a Ph.D. in Postcolonial Literature from the University of Calgary. He recently completed a term as Head of Creative Studies at the Okanagan campus of the University of British Columbia. Dr. Mathur served as a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Cultural and Artistic Inquiry, and Director of the Centre for Innovation in Culture and the Arts in Canada (CiCAC) at Thompson Rivers University.

A long-time advocate of critical race theory as it pertains to the postsecondary institution, Dr. Mathur works continuously to address radical forms of equity and Indigenous knowledge.

Please drop by the Graduate Studies Office (room 501, 205 Richmond St W) anytime between 10:30am-11:30am this coming Thursday, Jan 11 for light refreshments and good conversation.

We look forward to seeing you!

Best wishes,

Graduate Studies

Venue & Address: 
Graduate Studies Office (room 501, 205 Richmond St W)

Strategic Foresight and Innovation Students Ranked #1!

Winning Team Fleet with industry leaders and Hult Prize competition at OCAD U Judges
Bo Siu (top left) is a first year Strategic Foresight and Innovation MDes student and they spearheaded the program as selected c
Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 9:00am

The Hult Prize Foundation is the largest crowdsourcing platform and startup accelerator for emerging social entrepreneurs from universities around the globe. The annual Hult Prize competition aims to build and launch the most captivating social business solution for the most challenging problem impacting billions every day.

A group of changemakers from the Strategic Foresight and Innovation  MDes program participated in a quarterfinal round of the Hult Prize competition at OCAD University on December 9, 2017. Four core teams successfully pitched a scalable, sustainable, human-centered design solution to address the challenge of harnessesing the power of energy to transform the lives of 10 million people by 2025.

Congratulations to Team Fleet for ranking #1! Rachna Kumar, Lucy Gao, and Juan-Carlos Sandoval can pursue the opportunity to fast-track to a regional semi-final round and join the top 50 finalists world-wide by next March. The United Nations Headquarters host the 2018 Global Finals in September to award a winning team with 1 Million USD in seed capital plus mentorship from a renowned business network.

Team Fleet was placed at the top by an esteemed panel of judges and benefactors; Anna Dewar Gully is Founder and Chief Strategist of Women Strategy, Giovanni Marsico is Founder and President of Archangel Academy, and Katherine Roos is Founder and Executive Director of The Imagination Catalyst. Panel members had a special presence as social innovators with progressive values, significant entrepreneurship and scaling credentials.

The Hult Prize Quarterfinal Competition at OCAD University is an extracurricular non-profit student-led social entrepreneurship program. See more on Facebook!

Photo Credit: Krystle Merrow

News Story: Bo Siu