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We will foster faculty innovation

We will foster faculty innovation

Our faculty members are working PRACTITIONERS WHO LOVE TO TEACH, sharing their real-life experiences of art, design, digital media and the liberal arts and sciences. They are also academics, PURSUING RESEARCH that brings new knowledge and approaches into the classroom or studio. This unique combination is of great benefit to our students, inspiring an advanced capacity for invention, growth, entrepreneurship and self-expression. 

With your help, we will ATTRACT and RETAIN the most innovative thinkers and makers in art, design, and media, providing new funds for research, inquiry and practice.

Featured Giving Opportunities

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Faculty of Art

Gifts will directly support curriculum innovation, faculty research that includes conferences and exhibitions, community outreach projects, student travel, and the acquisition of leading-edge technologies. Events and activities that promote the student experience and enhance the academic life and culture of the Faculty of Art will be made possible by your support.

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Faculty of Design

Gifts will enable the Faculty of Design to implement new and expanded ways of teaching, learning and interacting. They will also foster global citizenship through international opportunities; build, broaden and brand research capacity, including seed funding for faculty; develop commercialization and knowledge dissemination expertise; and build collaborative relationships in Canada and abroad.

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Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Gifts will be used to support curriculum innovation, faculty research that includes conferences and exhibitions, community outreach projects, student travel, and the acquisition of leading-edge technologies. They will also support the events and activities that promote the student experience and enhance the academic life and culture of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

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Graduate Studies

Gifts will support space and equipment updates, professional development opportunities, and specialized programming in Graduate Studies to ensure OCAD U`s continued leadership in art and design graduate education. Your support will also enable our researchers to connect internationally with our partners in India, China, Brazil and elsewhere, and provide funding for the mobility of faculty members and their research assistants.

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Faculty Reseachers

Our researchers employ art and design methodologies and technologies as a lens to focus on eight areas of emerging research strength: Healthy and Inclusive Environments; Sustainable Futures; Material Innovation, Aesthetics and Communication; Creative Economies; Digital Futures; Art & Design Education; Aboriginal Visual Culture; and Critical studies. Your gifts will help our researchers maintain leadership in furthering the practice, methodology, and understanding of practice-based research, and also help foster creativity, imagination, discovery and ultimately, innovation.

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Research Project:
Public Art

In collaboration with private sector partners and university researchers OCAD University is leading a study of public art in Toronto. The results of the study will be presented to various communities, including arts, developers, and to the City of Toronto, to better inform and help create scenarios for expanding public art opportunities for Toronto. To help support this initiative, gifts may be made to the university which will help fund the study.

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