Field Placement

Field Placement (formerly Field Study) provide students with opportunities to gain experience in the professional worlds of art and design that will complement their studies. On-site work is performed under the guidance of the Field Placement sponsor, and the Field Placement credit is supervised and evaluated by an OCAD U teaching faculty*.

The Field Placement policy specifically prohibits students from receiving any wage or salary from their sponsor 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. For more detailed Sponsor Information (PDF) [updated 2013-05-13].

Finding a placement

Students who have difficulty finding an appropriate internship placement should contact The Experiential Learning Program.

Application process

  1. Completed Sponsor Profile Form (PDF)
  2. Completed Student Field Placement Application Form (PDF)
  3. Project Proposal [500-word essay]

The project must receive overall approval by the Chair of the student's program.

Sponsor profile form

The sponsor profile form must be completed by the individual who will be supervising the student at the Field Placement placement. Before signing the student's Field Placement application, the supervising teaching faculty must review and approve this form.

Student Field Placement application Form

The Field Placement application form must be signed by the Field Placement sponsor to indicate a willingness to participate in this educational experience and to verify that qualified personnel will supervise the student and that the number of contact hours is equivalent to the credit value of the project. Completed proposals must be approved in writing by the supervising teaching faculty*. Fourth-year students must indicate on the form whether they would like the course to be assigned a 0.5 credit or a 1.0 credit value.

Project proposal

The student must also submit a comprehensive proposal (minimum 500 words) of his or her Field Placement project that is initialed by the supervising teaching faculty. The project proposal should:

  • Describe the purpose in participating in the Field Placement program.
  • Describe in detail the type of work the project involves.
  • Outline the number of contact hours the sponsor has agreed upon and include details of the work schedule.
  • Discuss the benefits the project will add to the student's studies, including how the experience will further career objectives.
  • Provide a business profile of the Sponsor, including their general contribution to the professional practice of art or design.

Deadline to submit form and proposal

2015 Fall semester: Friday, July 17, 2015
2016 Winter semester: Friday, November 6, 2015
2016 Summer semester: Friday, April 1, 2016

Supervision and evaluation

Students are responsible for providing the Sponsor and supervising teaching faculty with all necessary forms and documentation.

The Field Placement Sponsor is required to submit mid-point and final assessments to the supervising teaching faculty using the Sponsor Assessment Form (PDF).

The supervising teaching faculty is to meet with the student to monitor progress of the project. This is accomplished by reviewing the mid-point assessment and evaluating final assessments and documentation to assign a final grade using the Student & Teaching Faculty Final Assessment Form (PDF).

The final grade assigned by the supervising teaching faculty reflects an evaluation of the final written assessments of both the sponsor and the student, the student’s updated resumé, a 500-word essay, and any other supporting documentation such as journals, reports, photos, videos, sketchbooks and research papers.

Deadline for Assessments

Field Placement assessments must be approved by supervising teaching faculty by the following dates:

Mid-point Assessment

Fall semester: October 21, 2015
Winter semester: February 12, 2016
Summer semester: June 17, 2016

Final Assessment

Fall semester: December 10, 2015
Winter semester: April 13, 2016
Summer semester: August 8, 2016

Helpful Contacts

Miles Collyer, MFA, MBA

Coordinator, Career Development

416-977-6000, Ext. 4020

Serena Lee, MA

Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning Placements

416-977-6000, Ext. 3844

Zev Farber, MFA

Manager, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

416-977-6000, Ext. 3843