Community Consultation

Students working in a metal shop
Tuesday, April 3, 2018 - 12:00pm to Wednesday, April 4, 2018 - 12:00pm

Community Consultation

Creative City Campus – Fabrication Studios Renovation

Join key members of the architectural team and provide your feedback in the planning of the renovation of the Fabrication Studios on Level 1 of 100 McCaul St. Project planners are listening to the community’s needs and ideas before they finalize their strategy.

Open to all faculty, staff and students.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 51 McCaul St. Room 200

Clear work from Shops & Studios by December 20

All student work must be cleared from OCAD University's Shops & Studios by Wednesday, December 20, 2017. 

Payable is here!

Extended Building Hours at 100 McCaul Street

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 5:00am

Beginning Monday, March 2, OCAD University will open 100 McCaul (including the Sharp Centre) 24 hours/7 days a week for a six-week period.

These extended 24/7 building hours end on Monday, April 13 at midnight. 

Please note the following:

  • Access is for current OCAD University students only (remember to bring your OCAD U ID) 
  • The 24/7 access will be interrupted on Saturday, March 28 as OCAD University participates in Earth Hour (details will be circulated).
  • Access is to areas that are normally open during extended hours and do not require supervision by staff or a technician. Please check the website for hours of specific Shops and Studios
  • Students can access desktop computers, scanners and black and white printing on Level 3 and Level 6 in 100 McCaul. 
  • Please note that desktops are erased nightly at 1:45 a.m. Desktops will not delete accounts while students are logged in, and as well, it will not delete the user who logged in 45 minutes prior to the wipe time of 1:45 a.m. IT Services recommends that students use Google Drive. More than 450 students are actively using Google Drive, and OCAD U Students receive unlimited storage from Google Drive.
  • Your safety is our priority. To this end, any student who appears to be too tired or distracted to use shop or studio equipment safely — either at night, or the next day -- will be instructed to leave
  • We will have Security circulating the building. Please report any safety concerns to the front desk.

Thanks to everyone for your cooperation in making the extended building hours possible. Questions can be directed Associate Vice-President, Students, Deanne Fisher.

sMarch- Bio-Circle Demonstration in Metal Shop

sMarch Event Poster
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 5:00pm to 5:30pm

sMarch- Bio-Circle Demonstration in Metal Shop

Visit the Metal Shop (Room 123) for a demonstration of Bio-Circle. Bio-Circle is a self contained bio-remediation unit used to clean oils with microbes in the Metal Shop. This event is part of sMarch.

Venue & Address: 
Room 123 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario


Student using a plasma cutter. Photo by Evi Hui.

If you were walking past the Sharp Centre for Design one sunny day last October you might have seen a student film crew moving very slowly, shooting a man riding a bicycle backwards. To get their shot they were using one of OCAD U’s specialized, new motion controlled cameras which until recently were the exclusive domain of multimillion-dollar film sets. This is just one example of the changes in the ever-evolving shops and studios at OCAD U.

OCAD U’s studios feature a breadth of equipment. The university preserved traditional studio equipment, such as metal plates and dark rooms for photography, while at the same time adding new digital technologies so students can combine older techniques with new capabilities.

“We’re aware of what students want and we also stay on top with what’s changing and required in program curriculum,” said Nick Hooper, the director of OCAD U’s studio facilities. “Combining digital and traditional processes is our strength.”

OCAD U is home to the only foundry (for casting sculptures in bronze or aluminum) in the downtown core of Toronto. The university also has a unique tool lending program.

Over the past year OCAD U’s shops and studios upgraded to include:

-Extended hours for wood, metal and plastics studios

-A new open shop in Room 161 where students can work independently on their own projects —open all hours the building is

-An expanded sculpture-making facility to accommodate demand

-Renovated foundry and mould-making studios

-New design photography studios dedicated to use by advertising and graphic design students for learning specialized techniques for controlled studio photography

-New laser cutters, 3D printers and CNC routers in the Rapid Prototyping Centre

-A new large printing press for the etching studio

-New work tables for screen printing

-Digital fabric printer with colourfast fabric ink so students can design patterns digitally then print them directly to fabric

-3D wax mould printer for jewelry making

-New risograph printer for the Publications program: uses real ink and prints in poster quality

“We’re always upgrading equipment and improving work spaces.” Hooper said.


OCAD University presents the first annual TOOLBOX event

Monday, October 18, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — October 18, 2010) This October, the Studio Management Department at OCAD University (OCADU) presents its first annual TOOLBOX event, designed to promote and celebrate studio-based education, and highlight OCADU’s shops and studios. This year, TOOLBOX includes a lecture panel featuring prominent Canadian artists and designers: Marla Hlady, Andrew Jones, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Tim Whiten; and a tradeshow of vendors, suppliers and friends of the shops and studios promoting their products and services.

TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making
October 27, 7 to 9 p.m.
TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making, moderated by Julian Goss, Chair, Industrial Design, and Simone Jones, Chair, Integrated Media, initiates a dialogue on the intellectual aspect of making with Canadian artists and designers Marla Hlady, Andrew Jones, Reinhard Reitzenstein and Tim Whiten. The discussion emphasizes fabrication and engagement with materials as primary to art and design practice.

All are welcome. Admission is free.
Generously sponsored by Henry's Photo Video Digital.

OCAD University
Auditorium, 100 McCaul St., Toronto


TOOLBOX: Tradeshow
October 28, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

TOOLBOX: Tradeshow is a day-long event organized in the style of an industry tradeshow. It will take place in the Lobby and Great Hall at OCAD University, and admission is free! The Studio Management Department at OCADU has invited vendors, suppliers, and friends of the shops and studios to participate by setting up booths to promote their products and services. In addition to the booths, there will be on-going demonstrations throughout the day in the Auditorium by software companies such as Adobe, Rhino, Apple, and Autodesk. This is a valuable opportunity to check out new products and technologies, exchange information and pick-up some free stuff!

All are welcome to attend all events, and admission is free.

OCAD University
Great Hall and Lobby, 100 McCaul St., Toronto

For more information about TOOLBOX, visit

TOOLBOX: Materials, Methods, Making: About the Speakers:

Marla Hlady draws, makes sculpture, works with sites and sounds and sometimes makes video. Hlady's kinetic sculptures and sound pieces often consist of common objects (such as teapots, cocktail mixers, jars) that are expanded and animated to reveal unexpected sonic and poetic properties often using a system-based approach to composition. She has shown widely in solo and group shows. Hlady is represented by Jessica Bradley ART + PROJECTS.

Andrew Jones designs furniture and lighting products and residential and commercial interiors. His clients include manufacturers, architects, and government agencies in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. Jones received a Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto in 1991, and a Master of Arts (Furniture) degree at the Royal College of Art, London, in 1997. He teaches at the University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, and has previously taught at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design, OCAD University, and Sheridan Institute College of Crafts and Design. His company, Andrew Jones Design, engages in a wide variety of design for production and architectural design projects, for which he has won numerous national and international awards and inclusion in major exhibitions and public collections. Jones sees his work as part of a design tradition, beginning every project by studying precedents to see where improvements can be made and how a design can be more pleasurable for the user. He looks for direct solutions that achieve more with an economy of material and process, while fulfilling the expressive potential of design. Scale, position, lighting, ease of movement, and elegance of fabrication are fundamental to his approach.

Reinhard Reitzenstein studied at OCAD University, Toronto, 1968-71. From 1971 to 1991, he was represented by the Carmen Lamanna Gallery, Toronto. Since 1993, he has been represented by the Olga Korper Gallery, Toronto, and since 2000 also by Lutz Teutloff Media Projects in Germany. Reitzenstein’s work has consistently taken him into processes exploring ways to interconnect nature, culture, science and technology. His work crosses several disciplines: indoor installation and sculpture using cast, spun and welded metals, wood, glass, photography, digitally processed images; large scale drawings; outdoor tree-based installations and sound art. Reitzenstein has held over one hundred solo exhibitions and participated in some 300 group exhibitions in North America and abroad. He has completed more than a dozen public art commissions along with numerous private commissions. His work is represented in over 40 public and corporate collections internationally, among those are, the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Toronto, Teutloff Collection, Bielefeldt, Germany, CONAC, Caracas, Venezuela, City of Pirkkala, Finland, Fidelity investments, Boston, Mass., Trilogy, Austin, Texas, Tridel Corp.Toronto. Reitzenstein has been an instructor in sculpture and interdisciplinary studies at the University of Guelph, from 1980-1998, Brock University 1991-94, Queens University 1997, Toronto School of Art 1998-2000 and Sheridan College 2000. Since fall of 2000, the Director of the Sculpture Program, SUNY Buffalo.

Tim Whiten is a highly prolific senior-career Canadian artist who has been active in the visual arts community for over 40 years. At present, he divides his time between his home base in Toronto, Canada and his new source of inspiration, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Tim is highly respected by his peers and he has been instrumental in influencing generations of aspiring artists, as Professor of Fine Art at York University since 1968. In addition, Tim actively participates in solo, group and/or ritual-based exhibitions on an annual basis, and his work has been featured in numerous International venues of merit, including exhibitions in Mexico, Brazil, Germany, United States of America, and the Republic of China. His artistic pursuits have long been rooted in the exploration of the transcendental- spiritually, physically and mentally, often incorporating a variety of non-traditional materials from his daily experience, including glass, gum, hair, mud, blood, coffee grinds, juice containers, mirror, etc., in his quest to ‘conceal’ and/or ‘reveal’ our place in the physical world.

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University ( 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:

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

Safe Studio Practices Beyond OCAD U

Safe Studio Practices Beyond OCAD U
Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 10:00pm

Talk by Monona Rossol

As part of TOOLBOX 2013 events, Studio Management and Office of Safety & Risk Management invite Monona Rossol, author of The Artist's Complete Health and Safety Guide, to deliver a public lecture on safe studio practice for students and graduates.

Many young artists and designers learn their skills and craft within an institutional context, where safety is managed by professionals, and significant resources are dedicated to establishing and maintaining the safest possible work environments. However, upon graduating from these institutions, they often must continue to work without these resources. Many young graduates end up setting up their own studios, either individually or collectively, but almost always on a strict budget. Many will work in their own homes, or live within their studio space. Even though they have received training and education in safe work practices, financial exigencies could trump caution.

Ms. Rossol will deliver a talk aimed at students and graduates who are making the transition from an institutional setting to a developing professional one. Given limited resources and the pressure of establishing independent practices, Ms. Rossol will identify essential safety issues that new artists and designers should be concerned with for their continued health and sustainability of practice. This will be an exciting and informative lecture followed by an open discussion period. The event takes place in Central Hall (Room 230) at OCAD University on November 7, from 5PM – 7PM.

This lecture is hosted by Studio Management and Office of Safety & Risk Management at OCAD University. For more information about TOOLBOX 2013 events, visit:

About the speaker:
Monona Rossol is President/founder of Arts, Crafts and Theater Safety, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing health and safety services to the arts. She is a chemist, artist and industrial hygienist. For more information on ACTS and Monona Rossol, visit:

Light refreshments will be provided.




Venue & Address: 
Central Hall, Room 230 100 McCaul St. Toronto, Ontario