Adobe Design Achievement Awards

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 6:15pm

The work of seven OCAD U students has been selected among 5,304 entrants as semifinalists in the 2016 Adobe Design Achievement Awards, the global digital media competition for student creators.

- Yisu Yu, La Famille

- Francesca Chan, Twins

- Francesca Chan, Lost In Paradise. Dies In Paradise

- Aqil Raharjo, Invitation: Raising awareness of the mexican wolves through film screening

- Maiam Raya, Remember Me

- Mariam Raya, Remember Them

- Salwa Majoka, Biological Preservation

- Fasai Sivieng, Sleepy

- Aqil Raharjo, Kültür Magazine

Finalists in all categories will be announced in September and selected work is available in the ADAA Live gallery




Canadian Jewellery Expo

Sunday, August 7, 2016 - 2:00pm to Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 8:00pm

You can check out the work of six OCAD U grads and students who are part of 17 finalists for the 2016 Vaccaro Family Scholarship at the Canadian Jewellery Expo August 7th-9th in Toronto.

Venue & Address: 
Toronto – The International Centre – Hall 5 6900 Airport Road – Mississauga, Ontario L4V 1E8 August 7-9, 2016 Sunday – 10 am – 6 pm Monday – 10 am – 6 pm Tuesday – 10 am – 4 pm

Creative Quarterly 44 -- OCAD U winners

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:45pm

OCAD University Illustration Program student, Jessica Stec has one of her illustration images selected as a Runner-Up winner for the Illustration Student category by the judges and publisher and design director, Charles Hively of Creative Quarterly, The Journal of Art & Design magazine and her illustration will be featured online for Fall 2016!

As well, Anson Liaw is a Runner-Up winner for The Creative Quarterly 44 and he will have multiple illustration images (5 illustration images selected) featured online for the Illustration: Professional category for Fall 2016!

Link for winners list for the Creative Quarterly 44:


Best in Design - student at the 18Karat Great White North Exhibition

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 1:45pm

Material Art & Design graduate (2016) won the "Best in Design - student" at the 2015 18Karat Great White North Exhibition. Janice's design  done in sterling silver, copper is called "Resting Trees Brooch" is inspired by Frank Johnston's 1918 painting, Moose pond.


OCAD U alumni among finalists in national painting competition

Oil painting of a young girl in a white coat
Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 4:00am

Stephanie Hier (BFA, 2014) and Keita Morimoto (BFA, 2012) are among 15 finalists in the prestigious RBC Canadian Painting Competition.

Held in collaboration with Canadian Art Foundation, the 18th edition of the competition drew a total of 568 submissions. It is the cornerstone of the RBC Emerging Artists Project which focuses on supporting early-career artists. The program offers mentorship and exposure to a variety of audiences in addition to financial support.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a cash prize of $25,000. Two honourable mentions will receive $15,000, and the remaining 12 finalists receive $2,500 each. The top three paintings will be acquired by RBC’s corporate art collection.

The winner will be announced on September 20 at the Power Plant in Toronto. To see the complete list of finalists visit


Student leaders celebrated for giving back to the community

Student leaders with Sara Diamond and Amanda Hotrum
Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 4:00am

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Awards were handed out at a reception in March to acknowledge OCAD University’s exceptional student leaders and their tremendous contributions to advancing equity at the institution. This year, with generous support from Office of the Vice-President, Academic; Office of the President; and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives, the selection committee chose to give out three awards rather than one.

The recipients were:

  • Rouzbeh Akhabari
  • Zviko Mhakayakora
  • ​Amanda Robertson-Hebert

The contributions of this year’s winners ranged from advancing equity in OCAD U’s governance and policy through community initiatives in art and design creation and in the learning environment.

At the same event, the Peer Mentor Awards were given to students who made outstanding contributions to the Student Mentor Program, demonstrating enthusiasm and positivity while providing helpful advice and support to their student mentees.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Ahmed Bokhari
  • ​Jacqueline Lee

Tracy Cai and Madison Leeson were recognized by Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, for their excellence in Financial Literacy. They collaborated to produce CreativeFunds, a series of videos that teach students how to manage and budget their finances.

Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, recognized the students behind two student initiatives on campus: 

  • Sofy Mesa and Oliver Roberts coordinated a winter clothing drive and soup kitchen community members in need.
  • Tooba Syed took on an active role with Textbooks for Change, coordinating the collection of donated textbooks on campus, repurposed to create social impact and improve the educational landscape for students around the world.

The awards celebration was made possible by the First Generation Program; Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations; and the Office of the President. Contributions to Diversity, Equity & Excellence Awards were made by the Student Union; the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Students; the Office of the Vice-President, Academic; the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; and the Office of the President.

Sculpture/Installation student wins First Capital Realty Public Art competition

Sculptural maquette, silver cylinders with bird like sculptures attached
Tuesday, April 19, 2016 - 6:15pm

Virginia Gail Smith, a third year student in OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation (SCIN) program, is the winner of the 2016 First Capital Realty Public Art Competition.

Smith’s sculpture, Urban Forest, combines casts aluminum and quarried stone and will be installed in Oakville, Ontario. Responding to ideas of sustainability and environmental stewardship, Smith’s project creates a space for conversation and relaxation for The Shops of Oakville South shopping centre.

Thirteen proposals were received from students in the Faculty of Art, the Faculty of Design, and the Faculty of Graduate Studies, as well as submissions from recent OCAD U graduates. All of the shortlisted submissions will be on display in the Ada Slaight Gallery for the duration of OCAD U’s 101st Annual Graduate Exhibition (May 4 to 8, 2016).

Members of the jury:

  • Paul Aloisi, artist and instructor in the Faculty of Design, OCAD U

  • Matthew Hyland, Director, Oakville Galleries

  • Sandra Levy, VP People and Corporate Affairs, First Capital Realty

  • Mark Raynes Roberts, artist and architectural glass designer

  • Erica Segal, owner of the Julie M. Gallery

First Capital Realty, Canada’s leading owner, developer and operator of supermarket- and drugstore-anchored neighbourhood and community shopping centres, has made a substantial commitment to sponsoring this public sculpture competition which is open to third- and fourth-year OCAD U students as well as recent graduates. As this year’s winner, Smith will receive a $5000 prize and First Capital Realty will cover the cost of fabrication, site preparation, transportation and installation of her sculpture. In addition, each of the shortlisted finalists will be awarded $350 for the production of a model, plus assistance from an OCAD U digital technician to create a professional 3D rendering of their models in situ for presentation. This year’s competition was coordinated by Derek Sullivan, Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the Sculpture/Installation program at OCAD U.

SCHNAP....Graphic Design Student's under-desk hammock

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 11:15pm

Graphic Design student Aqil Raharjo’s under-desk hammock has gone totally viral. You’ve probably seen it, but today it’s multiplying like rabbits. If you Google schnap and hit “news” you’ll get dozens of mentions.

City as Stage

Monica Virtue and Poster of Midsummer Nights Dream at Stratford Festival
Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 5:00am

The research focus of Monica Virtue, a Digital Futures MDes (2016) Candidate, centers on the feasibility of developing a major digital multi-media exhibition for a prominent Canadian cultural attraction. Her study involves two industry and cultural partners – the Stratford Festival, an internationally-known repertory theatre company located in Stratford, Ontario, and Moment Factory, a creator of multi-media environments based in Montreal, Quebec. For this study, Virtue is investigating the potential for a Shakespeare-themed multi-media experience for the Stratford Festival, using a previous Moment Factory exhibition as a case study. The exhibition is Foresta Lumina, a night-time illuminated walk created in 2014 for Le Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook provincial park in Quebec. The Foresta Lumina installation combines storytelling about the area’s myths and legends with advanced digital technology such as projection mapping. Applying general knowledge gleaned from Foresta Lumina and other Moment Factory creations, as well as employing strategic business planning and foresighting techniques, Virtue's research focuses on areas of specific importance to the Stratford Festival: high-level storytelling possibilities that offer audience engagement; current resources and infrastructure, and potential partnerships with other organizations in the Stratford region. Working separately with representatives from both organizations, Monica Virtue is compiling her research into an interactive report that can be shared with the Stratford Festival, Moment Factory, and other stakeholders. 

More about Monica:

More about the Digital Futures Program:

Pitfall Planet makes indie game finals

Pitfall Planet video game image
Pitfall Planet video game image
Pitfall Planet video game image
Thursday, January 7, 2016 - 3:15pm

A game designed by team of OCAD University and University of Toronto students has made it to the finals at the 2016 Independent Games Festival in San Francisco. Pitfall Planet is a co-operative puzzle-solving game where players help two robot astronauts return to their home planet.

Pitfall Planet is one of five games vying for the $3000 prize for Best Student Game, which will be awarded during the festival taking place March 14 to 18. Named Best Overall Game at last year’s Level Up showcase in Toronto, Pitfall Planet is the creation of the team behind Bonfire Games: