Experiential Learning: 

Field Placement

Field Placement is an option for self-directed students to gain knowledge and experience in a professional environment, complementing their studies while earning academic credit. Field Placement focuses on mentorship and on-site learning on an individual, self-initiated basis. On-site work is performed under the guidance of the Placement Supervisor and evaluated by an OCAD U Faculty Supervisor.

Students who are considering a Field Placement or seek support in finding a Placement Partner Organization should contact the Experiential Learning Placement Program Coordinator:
Serena Lee, slee@ocadu.ca

Field Placements can take place during the Fall, Winter, or Summer terms and involve a commitment of 80 - 120 placement hours on-site and under the Placement Partner’s supervision. Additionally, students are responsible for meeting regularly with their Faculty Supervisor for academic evaluation.

Please note: 
Academic policy prohibits undergraduate students from receiving any wage or salary from their Placement Organization for the duration of the Field Placement. Further, the policy specifies that students may not participate in a Field Placement assignment with a current or former employer. 

 

Getting Started

The Experiential Learning Placements Program has created a How-To Guide which outlines the step-by-step process of enrolling for a Field Placement:

Field Placement How-To Thumbnail

Enrolling for Field Placement starts with the Experiential Learning Placement Program; students should make an appointment with the Program Coordinator and be prepared to discuss:


- the type of work and learning you intend to pursue at the Field Placement
- the number of hours you and your Placement Supervisor have agreed upon (required for 0.5 credit: 80-120 hours for undergraduate students; 100 minimum for graduate students)
- how your Field Placement relates to and complements your studies, your art/design practice, and professional goals
- a profile of the Field Placement Supervisor, their general contribution to the profession, and your interest in working with them
  • the type of work and learning you intend to pursue at the Field Placement

  • the duration and timeframe you and your Placement Supervisor have agreed upon (required for 0.5 credit: 80 - 120 hours) 
  • how your Field Placement relates to and complements your studies, your art/design practice, and professional goals

  • a profile of the Placement Partner Organization, their general contribution to the profession, and your interest in working with them
Students require signed approval of their Placement Supervisor, Program Chair, and Faculty Supervisor to complete the Field Placement Application.

Undergraduate and Graduate Students must complete the Field Placement Application and submit it to the Experiential Learning Placement Program Coordinator: slee@ocadu.ca

Download Field Placement Application Form

DEADLINES TO SUBMIT FIELD PLACEMENT APPLICATION

Summer Term: Monday, April 3, 2017

Fall Term:  Friday, August 4, 2017

Winter Term: Friday November 3, 2017


Should the Field Placement start in the middle of an academic term, students must submit the application a minimum of three weeks in advance of the placement start date.


Supervision and Evaluation

In order to earn credit for the Field Placement, students are expected to discuss and establish learning goals with their Faculty Supervisor. Students are responsible for providing the Placement Supervisor and Faculty Supervisor with all necessary forms and documentation.

At the end of the Field Placement, the Student will complete a Feedback Session with their Placement Supervisor, discussing the experience and reflecting on their development and contributions, and documented in a completed Feedback Form or other evaluation method agreed upon with the Faculty Supervisor. The Student is to submit the completed Feedback Form to the Faculty Supervisor for their final evaluation. 

The final grade assigned by the Faculty Supervisor is determined by the evaluation criteria and reflection materials agreed upon by the student and Faculty Supervisor at the beginning of the Field Placement. These may include the Feedback Form, the Student’s updated résumé, and any other supporting documentation (such as journals, reports, photos, videos, sketchbooks and research papers).

 

Advising

Students who seek support in connecting with Placement Supervisors and preparing professional documents and materials should contact the Experiential Learning Placements Program Coordinator: slee@ocadu.ca

 
For professional development advising, the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers offers one-on-one appointments, workshops, professional development events, and career fairs throughout the year. 

 


Helpful Contacts

Main office

49 McCaul Street, Rm 112.
Please use your student card for access.

Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

careerdevelopment@ocadu.ca

Miles Collyer, MFA, MBA

Coordinator, Career Development
416-977-6000, Ext. 4020
mcollyer@ocadu.ca

Serena Lee, MA

Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning Placements
416-977-6000, Ext. 3844
slee@ocadu.ca

Zev Farber, MFA

Manager, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
416-977-6000, Ext. 3843
zfarber@ocadu.ca