Scotiabank funds new design thinking research studio at OCAD University

 

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:00am

Thanks to a $1 million gift from Scotiabank, OCAD University will develop a new initiative to foster the leading thinkers, designers and creative professionals needed to drive the national economic engine.

The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio will allow the university to create a Design Thinking educational curriculum model and generate research, workshops, executive education and an annual open public forum.

"This collaboration is a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in experiential learning to prepare for careers in this connected world," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. "Design Thinking is about empathizing with, listening to and observing people to identify and solve problems and improve their experiences. We are excited to exchange ideas with Scotiabank and learn from each other."

"A few years ago, banking wasn't associated with design, but today it's at the very heart of how Scotiabank looks to solve problems and interact with our customers. Design Thinking is about ensuring that we fundamentally understand the challenges that our customers face and then designing innovative solutions to meet their needs. It's about putting our customers first," said Michael Zerbs, Executive Vice President and Co-Head Information Technology, Enterprise Technology. "The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio at OCAD University will give students the chance to work on real customer products and solutions in digital banking, and ultimately prepare them for future opportunities. Scotiabank's collaboration with OCAD U is one way we are supporting the next generation of talent in the digital age."

Scotiabank's commitment is part of the university's Ignite Imagination campaign, which will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better.

Dr. Caroline Langill, photo by Martin Iskander
OCAD University has appointed Dr. Caroline Langill as Vice-President, Academic & Provost, effective April 1, 2019. Reporting to and working closely with the President and Vice-Chancellor as a member of the executive team, Langill is responsible for the overall academic enterprise of the university, including academic planning and the ongoing implementation of the university’s Academic Plan.
artists representation of sculpture proposal ThreeSidesOneGesture
Suzanne Simoni, a fourth year student in OCAD University’s Sculpture/Installation program, is the winner of the 2019 First Capital Realty Public Art Competition.
As part of our mission to change the culture of waste in our department Drawing and Painting now have an upcycling DRPT RE-USE DEPOT.  Items can be dropped at the RE-USE DEPOT for all to use for free!
In 2019, in coincidence with the 49th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Italy, in order to ignite different coloured sparks between the Eastern and Western cultures, the Suzhou Tiger Hill Management Office hosted  the International Invitational Poster Exhibition: Two Leaning Towers as a joint contribution to creating an urban culture between China and Italy.
This afternoon, March 19, the Ontario Government released a summary of data collected from the Student Voices on Sexual Violence survey.
Group photo - student leaders; photo by Mathisan Paramanathan.
Student leaders from across the university community were honoured for their contributions as peer mentors, student groups leaders and for leadership excellence in diversity and equity, as student employees, and as Indigenous student leaders.
Welcome to OCAD U’s new alumni newsletter! As part of OCAD U’s thriving community, we look forward to sharing with you our latest news, activities and projects. Our campus has grown and our curriculum continues to nurture the minds of artists, designers and innovators
Students - Call for Submissions
It is a joint effort between FoD and FoA for the 2019 Scotiabank Contact Festival. Posters have been placed around campus, but it would be great if faculty could advertise to their students. Submissions are for students only.
Image of the Sharp Centre, with message of thanks to Scotiabank
Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:00am

Thanks to a $1 million gift from Scotiabank, OCAD University will develop a new initiative to foster the leading thinkers, designers and creative professionals needed to drive the national economic engine.

The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio will allow the university to create a Design Thinking educational curriculum model and generate research, workshops, executive education and an annual open public forum.

"This collaboration is a tremendous opportunity for our students to engage in experiential learning to prepare for careers in this connected world," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. "Design Thinking is about empathizing with, listening to and observing people to identify and solve problems and improve their experiences. We are excited to exchange ideas with Scotiabank and learn from each other."

"A few years ago, banking wasn't associated with design, but today it's at the very heart of how Scotiabank looks to solve problems and interact with our customers. Design Thinking is about ensuring that we fundamentally understand the challenges that our customers face and then designing innovative solutions to meet their needs. It's about putting our customers first," said Michael Zerbs, Executive Vice President and Co-Head Information Technology, Enterprise Technology. "The Scotiabank Design Thinking Research Studio at OCAD University will give students the chance to work on real customer products and solutions in digital banking, and ultimately prepare them for future opportunities. Scotiabank's collaboration with OCAD U is one way we are supporting the next generation of talent in the digital age."

Scotiabank's commitment is part of the university's Ignite Imagination campaign, which will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better.