CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Student Designer – Design4 Program

Design4 logo
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30am

Note: Are you a current student who is looking to get paid work experience in design? See below for the link to the application form via the OCAD U Talent Network.
Design4 is a new externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, at both the Undergraduate (BDES) and Masters (MDES) levels. Design4 is geared towards current students in the Faculty of Design.

45 students will be selected to participate in Design4 and placed in smaller multidisciplinary groups of 3-4. Each group will be paired with an employment partner in one of the following sectors:

· Start-up/ new ventures (a small business that has just been started)
· SME private enterprise (small and medium enterprises that employ fewer than 500 employees)
· Arts and cultural (social and economic activity that focuses on artistic production)
· Social innovation/ not-for-profit entities (dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view)

Summary of Responsibilities:

The work will include creating solutions to various design challenges set by the employer. Students will be working on a part-time basis for 10 hours each week per student. Students will have mentorship and support from the employment supervisor, a dedicated Faculty member and a staff member from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.

Where will the work happen?

On campus in the new Rosalie Sharp building (115 McCaul), as well as at the employer’s place of work.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes. You will be compensated for your time.

Required documents

  • A 250-word statement explaining why this program would be beneficial to you and outline your design skills and interests
  • Resume (max. 3 pages)
  • Student e-mail, student ID number, program, year of study
  • Provide a link to your portfolio (included on CV or resume)
  • Where you are based (eg address, Etobicoke or downtown Toronto etc)
  • Due to low enrollment at OCAD University, priority will be given to students who identify as Indigenous and/or Black. Do you self-identify as a Black* person or as an Indigenous* person of North America? (Please see definitions below)



If you don't have a web-based portfolio, you can create one for free as a student on Format (

* Indigenous: those who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. This can include status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit as well as those with mixed/multi-racial/multi-national identities

* Black: a person who is of and/or a descendant of African peoples AND who experiences systematic racism based on that heritage.

Note: To apply for this job you need to have some documents uploaded to the Talent Network. 


Deadline to apply: September 13, 2018

Congratulations to Hoi Yi (Suki) Lai on winning the 2018 Saul Bell Design Award

Thursday, July 5, 2018 - 11:00am

The award is given to designers under the age of 22 for a piece of finished wearable jewellery adornment fabricated by them. The Saul Bell Design Awards are given to recognize "distinction in jewellery design" internationally and are named for Saul Bell, founder of Rio Grande, one of the largest worldwide suppliers in the jewellery industry.


See Suki's piece "Courage" here:

An interview with Suki here:

A video with the 2018 winners:




Maker Festival at Toronto Reference Library

Elijatude - Making Monsters
Knit Tent
Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, July 8, 2018 - 5:00pm

See more than 100 makers and interactive craft/tech/DIY installations! This year, you can find two of our MAAD Alumni - Elija Montgomery and Egan O'Sullivan and their amazing creations!


Elija Montgomery -- since 2013, Elija has been designing monsters. A few large enough to wear: not quite costumers, not puppets, but a strange and imaginative combination.


Egan O'Sullivan -- "Knit Tent" is a tent sewn out of discarded knitted sweaters. The installation attempts to drawa attention to present-day consumption and textile waste.

Venue & Address: 
Toronto Reference Library

Spinrite Design Awards, 2018

Thursday, May 3, 2018 - 1:45pm

The competition was open to all students in the

Textiles Studio who envisaged and developed new outcomes for Spinrite yarns using the

theme of Innovation. The following recipients equally share the $3000 prize money: Elfy

Castro, Yovska Moreno, and Kye-Cha Yang. Honourable mentions go to Aicha Haidara

and Yahn Nemirovsky.

Spinrite Competition

New Balance #2

Queen Specific Show on now
Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:45pm to Saturday, March 31, 2018 - 2:45pm

New Balance #2

up now at

Queen Specific, 787 Queen Street West

QueenSpecific is a window exhibition space displaying site specific art installations. This tall, rectangular vitrine is located on Queen Street West adjacent to and is co-sponsored by Dufflet Pastries. Artists exhibiting in the space are asked to consider the dimensions of the window, the locale, and the potential to engage with the casual passer-by.

QueenSpecific is programmed by Toronto-based artist Joy Walker

Please join us on Wednesday, March 28th between 6 & 7 for a cake reception!

Venue & Address: 
Queen Specific, 787 Queen Street West
Digital Screen: 

Longevity or a Lack Thereof

Meghan Price, MAAD instructor's exhibition at Janice Laking Gallery
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, June 24, 2018 - 5:00pm

Longevity or a Lack Thereof
Anthea Black and Thea Yabut, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Derek Liddington, Alex Morrison, Meghan Price
March 29 to June 24, 2018
Janice Laking Gallery
Curator: Renée van der Avoird
Reception: Thursday, March 29, 2018

Meghan Price's work is titled "Body Rock"

 Photo credit:  Brian Medina


Venue & Address: 
Janice Laking Gallery
Digital Screen: 

MAAD-4001 Design 3 course and Baycrest Centre

MAAD-4001 Design 3 project with Baycrest Centre
Friday, January 12, 2018 - 12:00pm to Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 4:00pm

Inspired by the centennial anniversary of the Baycrest Centre, the students explored the history of the building, services and community involvement to develop their work. At the reception several students discussed the meaning behind the work and how the Centre inspired them. 


The exhibition of student work runs from January 12th to mid April. The project is led by Associate Professor Chung-Im Kim and features the work of ten MAAD students: Jillian Jerat, Natalie Karhu, Emily Moffet, Yovska Martinez Moreno, Charlize-Nhung Nguyen, Jaclyn Palanen, Nan Sun, Maria Tapal, Xingyu Yan, and Hannah Zbitnew.


Location: Winter Garden at Baycrest Centre, 3560 Bathurst St., North York

Venue & Address: 
Winter Garden at Baycrest Centre, 3560 Bathurst St. North York
Digital Screen: 

Material Art & Design Valentine's Day Sale

MAAD Students' Valentine's Day Sale

Valentine's Day MAAD Sales

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 7:00pm

Buy soft goods and jewelry for your Valentine and friends in the lobby of 100 McCaul St. 

Venue & Address: 
Main Lobby, OCAD U
Material Art & Design Valentine's Day Sale

TODO Offsite Festival and Kathleen Morris

Monday, January 15, 2018 - 7:00am to Sunday, January 21, 2018 - 7:00am

"Speaking the dialect of trees" tells a story of human affliliation with the living landscape. The textile alludes to a chorus of rhythms: the ripple of water, the gesture of grass, the trace of a thread, a breathing body.

Venue & Address: 
Souvenir, 1232 College Street