OCAD U students make the Adobe semi-finals

Illustration of tiny things floating
Friday, July 20, 2018

Some two-dozen students have made it to the semis of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA)! OCAD U is always well represented in this international competition for creative students of all disciplines. Categories include illustration, photography, package design and 11 more.

To see all of our finalists, go to the ADAA website and filter for OCAD U students.

For additional competition updates, follow the action on social media: @adobeawards.


Susan Campbell awarded at the Nth Degree exhibition in St. Charles Missouri

"Zoned Out" by Susan Campbell
"Zoned Out" by Susan Campbell
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 - 1:30pm

Graphic Design Sessional Instructor Susan Campbell has been awarded the Going Solo Juror's Choice Award for her sculpture installation called "Zoned Out" at the Nth Degree, a juried exhibition of works that uses numbers or mathematics, currently taking place at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri. Two of her works are included in this exhibition. 

About the project:

"Zoned Out is a sculptural installation comprising of a large clearance zone, flanked by clusters of smaller zones, which converge and unfold on top of one another, competing and jostling for monopoly of a finite space. The homogeneity of the forms stems from a branch of urban semiotics associated with urban planning. The actual forms themselves are mapped and modelled from clearance zones found in public and private parking lots located in Oshawa’s central core.

The title Zoned Out refers to the use of urban planning tools and the potential exclusionary impact of zoning ordinances to segregate certain demographics while marginalizing or displacing others.

With this in mind, the installation amounts to a mapping of socially contentious zones, while attempting to document and interpret patterns of urbanization, pedestrian safety, and rezoning strategies."
- via susancampbellartist

You can see the list of the Award Winners here.


First Try

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:30am to Friday, April 14, 2017 - 5:00pm

"Exploration, experimentation, and iteration—first year has students engage in trial and error with the intention to learn from both successes and failures. But as with most things, this is easier said than done. Shifting from outcome-driven to process-based approaches is no easy endeavour. This show embodies the hot mess that is the first-year experience."

Venue & Address: 
Ada Slaight Gallery, 100 McCaul Street
First Try

Dennis Vidaic

Dennis has more than 25 years of design, advertising, and marketing experience. His areas of expertise include corporate identity, branding, print, packaging, environmental design, on-line, OOH, radio, signage & wayfinding, retail fixture and store design.

Monica Bodirsky

Toronto-based artist and designer, watercolour illustration, Illustrative and digital print techniques in fibre, shadowboxes. OCADU classes taught have included Think Tank (sustainability and equity in Design), Drawing techniques and processes for material artists and designers, Colour and 2D theory for designers, Professional Practice, Experience Design (user experience theory).

The Kaleidoscope Project

The Kaleidoscope Project
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 6:30pm to Friday, March 17, 2017 - 6:30pm

The Kaleidoscope Project is a two-part project that showcases the value that learning about cultures can bring to the art and design communities within OCAD U.

The First part is a film that sets the stage for the conversation following the interaction and reflection of sixteen participants who are students at OCAD. It showcases what we hope more people within the OCAD U community will do in response to the film. You can have a look at the trailer for the film here


"Presenting, The Kaleidoscope Project: Film & Open Discussion.


The short-film is a compilation of personal experiences and reflections of sixteen students at the university. It explores the importance of cultural interaction within the art and design worlds. The event will feature an OPEN DISCUSSION to allow for community engagement and feedback. We would like to hear your voices to find out ways in which we can make a stronger community at OCAD U.


Documentary Screening:

Date: March 03 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284


Second Screening:

Date: March 17 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Location: 100 McCaul Street, Room 284"



The Second part is an installation, that will be introduced on Monday, March 6th, is a call to action by creating an interactive opportunity for the larger OCAD U community to add their voices to The Kaleidoscope Project. The installation is a reflective piece to the short-film. The installation is a 7ft x 3ft peg board that will be put up on the wall in the lobby. 

The installation is an interactive piece that requests the audience to select a coloured string, assigned to one of the three questions:

What is community?
What is culture?
What drives change?

Students are encouraged to interact with this installation by making connections between ideas and concepts that they feel aid the selected question. Everyone’s perspective is an equal contribution to this project. Join us by adding to the creation of a kaleidoscope of culture, community, and change.



The team is formed by international students who were granted the 2016 Big Ideas Fund by the ODESI at OCAD U and involves a graphic designer, an art director and an industrial designer. We are not only culturally diverse, but also bring well-rounded multi-disciplinary ideas to the table.


Together we have created, The Kaleidoscope Project.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 284 & Lobby

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell is an interdisciplinary designer working at the intersection of lens-based media, installation and intervention. Campbell investigates signs and patterns of urban intensification as played out on development sites, parking lots and public sidewalks. Her work frequently explores physical mapping practices as a means to interpret and reflect on the design dynamics found within the urban landscape, confronting issues caused by the intensification of development. Using codes such as floor plans and clearance zones, Campbell re-organizes space into performative zones.

Teresa Ascencao

Teresa Ascencao is a multimedia artist and educator. Her artworks transgress notions of gender, seduction and class. As an advocate for social and environmental causes, she produces and facilitates interdisciplinary art residencies on the diversity of the human body and material and magical notions of water. She has spearheaded various citizen events towards sustainable and community-oriented goals, facilitated photo and media art workshops to economically and geographically disadvantaged youth, and led university student projects in accessibility and sustainability.


Steve Quinlan began teaching at the Ontario College of Art (as it was then known) in 1978 in the then Communication & Design Department. Prior to coming to the College he worked for Paul Arthur and Associates (pictographic and wayfinding), IMS (UofT), Dizitti and Associates (architect) and Mimura and Associates (animation). He also exhibited at the Prince Arthur Galleries, Gallery O and the Arts and Letters Club.

Saskia van Kampen

Saskia van Kampen specializes in teaching first and second year design. Her research into materiality, intuition, experiential learning, and transformative learning has a great impact on her pedagogy. Her personal design projects focus on the intersection of design and craft, and involves a cross-pollination between various disciplines including painting, printmaking, typography, and sewing.