Needle-Felting Workshop with Sydney Madia

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Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us for #3 in our 4-part series of creative art & design workshops taught by OCAD U students. 

Needle-Felting Workshop with Sydney Madia 
This workshop will begin with a short presentation of Sydney's work, along with other artists working in the medium. Participants will be introduced to the tools, basic techniques and safety tips of needle-felting through a step by step creation of their own small project. Students will take home a small felted apple and, if they like, can take home their felting needle for possible future projects. If participants would like, they can create their own project while still learning from the demo. All materials will be provided. 

Workshops are free and open to current students at OCAD U. 

This workshop series is presented in partnership by the OCAD U Library's Learning Zone and the Writing & Learning Centre and supported by funding from the First Generation Program, administered by the WLC.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1, Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street
416-977-6000 ext.2529

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology
Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 10:00am to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 6:00pm

Imagine this — a 150,000-square-foot abandoned factory

transformed into an ultramodern world where design, innovation and technology are the solutions to today’s grand challenges.

EDIT: Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology 
September 28 to October 8, 2017

In partnership with the UnitedNations Development Programme and inspired by its 17 Global Goals for Sustainable Development, EDIT will explore the theme of Prosperity For All through an interdisciplinary presentation of design projects from the fields of architecture, healthcare, education and gastronomy.
Many talented artists, designers, students, faculty and alumni from OCAD University will be showing their work at EDIT. Come say hi at OCAD University's booth and prepare to be inspired!

Mickey Mouse's Home of the Future is here in Toronto

Mickey Mouse's home of the future is a fully functional shipping container home inspired by the most beloved Disney character of all time. The project is the result of an OCAD U-wide competition challenging students to envision a sustainable, eco-friendly version of Mickey's future home.

Students Aira Harutyunyan, Rachel McCormick and Sebastiance Ayala are the winners who were given the opportunity to work with Giant Containers on bringing their ambitious ideas to life. Mickey’s new sustainable home will be on-site at EDIT out front of the factory and available for guests to tour. #MickeyMouseinTO

See a list of all the exhibitions here

Venue & Address: 
21 Don Roadway, East Harbour (Formerly Unilever Soap Factory)
Mickey Mouse's House of the Future

Grant Writing for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

This hands-on workshop facilitated by Dr. Lynne Milgram will provide research proposal writing support for your upcoming CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) application(s). Please come prepared with specific questions related to your research projects.

Please RSVP to For further details about scholarships and funding please see our website here

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., Room 510

External Funding Workshop for Graduate Students

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

Interested in applying for CGS-M (SSHRC, NSERC) and/or an Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS)? This session will provide students with further information about competitions, timelines and best practices. These are prestigious awards, and all full-time graduate students are encouraged to apply.

Please RSVP to For further details about scholarships and funding please see our website here

Venue & Address: 
205 Richmond St. W., Room 510

grOCAD Exhibition

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 9:00am to Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 6:00pm

grOCAD Exhibition is the latest installation in the Learning Zone. This exhibition highlights grOCAD’s explorations, workshops and on-campus installations focusing on urban agriculture and sustainable practices since the group’s inception in 2011.

grOCAD is one of OCAD University many diverse student groups on campus, with an active interest in community building through plant life.

On exhibit are a small series of colour prints of concept drawings illustrating the creative process behind the works installed on campus, or exhibited at gallery shows. Projects include the Pedal Farm Exhibition, Living Wall, 3rd iteration of Windowfarm, Moss Exhibition, and raised planters constructed during O-days.

The Learning Zone is wheelchair accessible with two Gender-Neutral washrooms..

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1. Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Workshop: Surviving Art School - Toolkit for Artists & Designers of Colour

collage image of artwork attributed to Raju Rage
Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 3:30pm

Surviving Art School: An Artist of Colour Toolkit
with artist + activist Raju Rage

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 3:30–5 PM
Lambert Lounge (MCA 187), 100 McCaul St
OCAD University

Co-presented with the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives and OCAD Student Union
Hot Lunch will be served starting at 2:30pm ($3 suggested for meal)

Using the 'Surviving the Art School' publication, produced by Collective Creativity (of which Rage is a member) and published by Nottingham Contemporary (UK), as a starting point, the talk and workshop will ask what this visually entails. During this workshop participants can expect to learn and share strategies for decolonising education. Participants are encouraged to bring with them a 'problem' of the institution to collectively strategise and create a surviving the art school toolkit. This workshop is open to students from all disciplines. 

A presentation of Collective Creativity: a Queer, Trans* Intersex People of Colour artist collective in London UK which aims to create radical, grass roots space for QTIPOC to interrogate the politics of art, in relation to queer identity, institutional racism, and anti-colonialism. CC is dedicated to creating space for conversations that challenge institutional racism and white supremacy within a cultural framework. We are concerned with how we decolonise our art educations, unlearn the histories that replicate the colonial gaze, re-formatting our own art educations and a re-positioning of this canon by re-centring artists and cultural producers of colour.

Raju Rage is an interdisciplinary artist who is proactive about using art, education and activism to forge creative survival. Based in London and working beyond, they primarily use their non-conforming body as a vehicle of embodied knowledge; to bridge the gap between dis/connected bodies, theory and practice, text and the body and aesthetics and the political substance. They work in performance, sculpture, soundscapes and moving image, focusing on techniques of resistance and utilising everyday objects and everyday life experiences in communicating narratives around gender, race and culture. They investigate history, memory and trauma, with an emphasis on colonial legacy, its continuation and impact on the body and contemporary diasporan identity. They are an organiser and member of Collective Creativity arts collective. 

For any accessibility accommodation requests to fully participate in this event, please contact Shamina Chherawala at or 416.977.6000 ext.3840 in advance.

Venue & Address: 
Thursday, September 14 at 3:30 PM - 5 PM Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street
416.977.6000 ext.3840
Workshop is free! OCAD Student Union will be serving Hot Lunch from 2:30pm onwards (suggested $3)

Technology & Technique: Drop-In Tutorial Sessions

3D Printing
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 6:30pm to Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 8:30pm

The Material Innovation Centre is now offering help for all students in need of assistance with common 2D and 3D design program software. Student monitors with knowledge and experience using Rhino 3D, Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign are available on Tuesdays (3D) and Thursdays (2D) from 6:30- 8:30pm, throughout the Winter 2017 semester.


Come to work, drop-in to ask questions... get (or give) help... learn and share among your peers.


•       Technical advice and assistance for common design software

•       Troubleshooting, file checking and proper formatting advice for 2D and 3D outputs

•       Advice on 3D printing


The MIC is also starting to offer hands-on, student access to 3D printing technologies (Formlabs, Form 2 and Lulzbot Mini) This will roll out in the next few weeks... Stay tuned! We will be adding software tutorials sessions and access to 3D printers as the semester progresses. 


Everyone is welcome. See you there!

Venue & Address: 
Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm in the Material Innovation Centre. 100 McCaul Street, Room M530
MIC Workshops

OCADance: Free Dance Workshops!

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Thursday, September 25, 2008 - 10:30pm to 11:30pm

Salsa: beginners

Instructor: John

Please e-mail us to sign up for this free workshop.

Venue & Address: 
Room 515 Level 5, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, Ontario

Design in India: A Paradigm of Ascension

Shri Shashank Mehta
Tuesday, September 23, 2008 - 10:00pm

The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is pleased to welcome Professor Shashank Mehta to Toronto for the week of September 22 to 26, 2008. The Office of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Design will host a lecture by Professor Mehta on Tuesday, September 23, at 6 p.m. in Central Hall. Professor Mehta is a Mechanical Engineer and a Post Graduate in Industrial Design (Product Design), and is currently the Activity Chairperson, Research & Publications at India’s esteemed National Institute of Design (NID). Prior to this, he headed NID's Programs for Education, Outreach, and Industry, and International Departments at the Institute.

Mehta has successfully anchored Design Clinic and Design Awareness Workshops for various small-scale Industry clusters in India, including: 'Competitive Advantage through Design' (2004); 'Design as Strategy for Development and Quality of Living' (2005), and 'Strategic Design Intervention for Developing Economies' (2006), with specific focus on 'design for crafts' and 'design for development' for the participants from various developing countries. Mehta has authored various articles and actively contributed to various bodies in diverse capacities including lectures on topics such as 'Understanding Design'; 'Imperatives of Technology & Design Interface'; 'New Product development', and 'Aspiring Creativity: the Indian Context'.

All are welcome, admission is free.
Limited seating available. Guests are advised to arrive early.

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

Explore Design

Explore Design
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 4:00am to Thursday, October 11, 2007 - 4:00am

2 days of interactive exhibits, seminars, and workshops

Offering programs and information in film, graphics and architecture to interior, furniture and fashion, meet Universities, Colleges, Institutions and Design Professionals from across North America.

Are you a student? Educator? Parent? Looking to find career inspiration and ideas? Here's a snapshot of some of the speakers who will be at ED...

ARCHITECTURE Phil Goodfellow and Susan Lewin from The TSA (Toronto Society of Architects), and John Shnier of Kohn Shnier shed light on the world of architecture.

INDUSTRIAL DESIGN Paul Rowan co'founder UMBRA discusses his design approach coined 'The Whole Brain Designer' and Senior Designer David Quan talks sustainable design.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Bob Hambly, of Hambly & Woolley an accomplished illustrator for clients such as American Express, Newsweek, Nike and Rollingstone talks of his experience and works with students in a logo design workshop. Hockey fans will be happy to know they're working with the man behind the new visual identity for the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL! Among Hambly & Woolley's clients are the Ontario College of Art & Design.

GAMING DESIGN Bioware Games' Designer Kevin Barrett tells his story. For those who know and loveBaldur's Gate, and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, this will be an exciting look into how these games came to be.

ADVERTISING DESIGN Michelle Donnelly of ZIG Advertising will talk about her design for the cool Virgin Mobile campaigns and how words and visual imagery play a huge part in the design process of commercials.

SKATE PARK DESIGN There is more to skating than ollies! Jim Barnum, former boarder now founder of Spectrum Skatepark Creations will be on hand to share some stories. Kids will be stoked to know he is designing the new Toronto Beaches/Ashbridges Bay skatepark!

FASHION DESIGN One of Canada's leading designers on the international fashion scene, Joeffer Caoc will be speaking firsthand about what it takes to make it in the design world.

INTERIOR DESIGN HGTV's Designer Guys ' Allen, Matt & Anwar will be speaking about how designing interiors can be cool, lucrative and fun! Hear the residential, commercial and retail design do's and don'ts with Linda Makins of Makins Ladna Design, Alan Guinan of Figure 3 and Lindsey Anacleto of Anacleto Design presented by ARIDO.

There is something for everyone at Explore Design. Visit to get the complete event schedule... and learn how to win the KRUPS Design Scholarship!

Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre Constitution Hall255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario