OCAD U forges new partnership with University of the Arts London

OCAD U signs partnership with UAL
Thursday, December 21, 2017

OCAD University has launched a new partnership with University of the Arts London (UAL). The agreement supports the goals of OCAD U’s internationalization strategy, to support the expansion of global opportunities for OCAD U students, faculties and staff. The partnership with UAL is among the more than 60 institutional partnerships that OCAD U has established around the globe.

UAL is made up of six colleges; Camberwell College of Arts, Central Saint Martins, Chelsea College of Arts, London College of Communication, London College of Fashion and Wimbledon College of Arts, and is recognized as one of the top creative institutions in the world. They offer a range of fine arts, design, creative business, media and technology programs, and, much like OCAD U in Canada, are recognized as industry leaders in their field.

The agreement, established with the intention of aligning goals, opportunities and global networks of creative thinkers for faculty, researchers and students at both institutions, was signed by Vice-President & Provost, Academic Dr. Gillian Siddall’s visit to the London College of Communication earlier in December.

In recent years, faculty at OCAD U and UAL have collaborated on various projects and initiatives. In the inaugural year of OCAD U’s Global Experience Project, the university hosted renowned artist and faculty member of UAL, Isaac Julien as an artist-in-residence, and as a capstone to the project’s in-depth creative experience, participants traveled to London for behind-the-scenes access to Julien’s studio, as well as a course taught at the Chelsea College of Arts at UAL.

In 2016, Professor Job Rutgers from OCAD U’s Industrial Design program began a collaboration with faculty from UAL’s London College of Communication (LCC). This exciting partnership between both educators and researchers at both institutions, applies design thinking to the creation of design pedagogy and design curriculum, and is inspired by OCAD U’s Industrial Design program approach on Design Competences. Although this collaboration is still in its early stages, the group recently presented workshops on Design Competencies at Cumulus in Kolding, Denmark, an annual conference for the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media and for the annual American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) conference in Minneapolis. In 2018, the collaboration will lead to additional workshops as a part of Cumulus Paris and a paper for the Design Research Society Conference in Limerick, Ireland. This work has positioned OCAD U and UAL as leaders in design education and curriculum in the global community of design educators. 

OCAD U is thrilled to have formalized its relationship with UAL, and looks forward to creating new initiatives between our communities, and broadening the range of international opportunities for OCAD U students, faculty and staff. 

Many thanks to Professors Anda Kubis, Michael Prokopow, Job Rutgers and many others for their support and hard work in establishing such an exciting partnership.