Special-interest student groups allow interaction among students, support faith and culture, and create an atmosphere of diversity while encouraging self-development, social responsibility and environmental awareness.
Start a group! Renew a group!
By following outlined procedures and becoming recognized by OCAD University and the OCAD U Student Union, student groups are entitled to a variety of benefits. Review the requirements and sign up your friends and classmates.
Download the 2015/2016 Student Group Handbook (PDF), which contains helpful information for student groups, the OCAD University Student Organization Recognition Policy and Application for Registered/Recognized Group Status. Copies are available at Campus Life, Level 1, 51 McCaul St.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Group leaders are required to complete the online learning modules for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) before group renewal or registration will be considered. Find more information here.
STUDENT GROUPS 2015/2016
(updated February 24, 2016)
CHECK MEDIA GROUP (CMG)
CHECK Media Group (CMG) is an inspiring community that produces and publishes multimedia works in various formats, including videography, photography, graphic art and sound. Our objective is to express and share different ideas about student life at OCAD U, hot social-cultural issues and personal stories. We hold weekly meetings to collect ideas and develop plans for work production and publication. Email CMG
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN SOCIETY (EDS)
The Environmental Design Society (EDS) is a student group that strives to develop in-field resources and opportunities for students of the Environmental Design program; however, all interested students are welcome. EDS is a creative hub, serving to fulfill individual design concepts and/or a wider range of problem solving within the context of improving the OCAD U environment. Through group meetings and social events, the society aims to realize its objective by inspiring students to collaborate, interact and ultimately make design ideas come to life. In turn, EDS gives a student voice to communicate with faculty and professionals within school and real-world boundaries. Email EDS
GAMA (Gaming, Anime and Manga Association is comprised of like-minded individuals with an interest in the culture surrounding video games, Japanese anime and manga. The group meets weekly to discuss these interests, and holds events in support of an annual trip to Anime North or other related events. Email GAMA / Find GAMA on facebook / Follow GAMA on twitter
Affiliated with Youth with a Mission, Genesis is a Korean Christian group affiliated with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Toronto, which exists to become a bridge that connects spiritually and artistic practice within the context of Jesus Christ's teaching. Through spiritual and practical activities, such as daily meditation, summer short-term mission, presentations and exhibitions, believers at OCAD U are encouraged to rise up for the truth and express it with passion. All are welcome. Email Genesis
grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating to develop urban agriculture on and off campus, exploring themes of biophillia, food security and community building through plant life. We believe that the natural world and the human world are one and the same, and work to bridge this constructed divide in daily life. grOCAD is involved in on-campus installations, research, promotion of student and community work, gallery shows and publications relating to sustainable urbanism. Email grOCAD
INDIGENOUS STUDENT ASSOCIATION (ISA)
The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is a group of students from OCAD U who wish to create a positive, nurturing, and inclusive community. The ISA strives to collaborate and unify perspectives and thoughts, through our artworks, community involvement, and exhibitions. We are active within our communities individually, but by coming together in the IASA, we can contribute collectively and work towards a common goal. Email ISA
INTERNATIONALEYES AT OCAD U
InternationalEyes at OCAD U facilitates an anchor for the University's new and returning international students, exchange students, and alumni — and any other OCAD U students who wish to network, share experiences, meet new friends, and make meaningful "global" connections. The group is comprised of diverse and enthusiastic members who wish to make the most of their learning experience at OCAD U, in Toronto and in Canada. Email InternationalEyes
IRANIAN STUDENTS ASSOCIATION AT OCAD U (ISAOU)
The ISAOU is a non-political and non-religious cultural group that exists to connect, guide and support Iranian students at OCAD U through social events, exhibitions and workshops. All OCAD U students are welcome to get involved with ISAOU, provided they are interested in multi-cultural engagement. Email ISAOU
Le Rendez-vous est pour quiconque à l'OCAD U étant Français, voulant perfectionner son français, ou juste souhaitant en apprendre un peu plus sur notre langage et notre culture. Ce club de Français vous offrira des discussions autour d'un café, des crêpes faites maison et des patisseries Française, quelque soirées film Français, et des dégustations culinaires Françaises
Link Magazine is an online, student-run magazine, written, produced and edited for OCAD U students. Its aim is to give insight related to art, design and new urban trends, with all articles written in both Korean and English. All students are welcome to join the club! Email LINK
MAAD Teatime is a civilized oasis in an ocean of work. Once a week, we drag ourselves away from our homework and get together to have tea and cookies in the Material Art & Design department (what better place to have a mad tea party?). All are welcome, just bring a cup! Email MAAD Teatime
MODEL UNITED NATIONS AT OCAD U
Model UN at OCAD U engages in an authentic simulation of the United Nations system by learning about the UN system, the skills of debate, compromise, conflict resolution, and negotiation. MUN team members learn about the workings of world diplomacy through the lens of current events, and participate in collegiate conferences at the provincial and national levels. Email MUNO
MIXED STEPS DANCE CLUB (MxD)
If you like music and smiles, then join us in MxD, where no matter how good you are (or not) at dancing, you are guaranteed to have some fun. So join us! You won’t only become more confident, but you will have a new skill that is calming and entertaining! Email Mixed Steps
MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION AT OCAD U (MSA)
The OCAD U MSA is here to provide and facilitate for Muslims on campus. We’re here to raise awareness about Islam and maintain a peaceful prayer space for Muslims. All Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff are welcome. Email OCAD U MSA / Official Facebook page / Facebook Social Group / MSA Twitter / MSA Instagram
OCAD ANIMAL RIGHTS GROUP
Affiliated with Toronto Pig Save, OCAD Animal Rights Group (OARG)
aims to raise awareness towards the maltreatment and abuse of animals. Through bearing witness and various vigils, to attending protests and visiting sanctuaries, we will strive to bring the public’s attention to the truth behind consumerism. Our hope is to shed light on the environmental and health issues caused by the animal industry while advocating for veganism. Everyone is welcome, regardless of lifestyle or diet choices.
Our main goal is to awaken the compassion that we are all capable of.
OCAD JEWISH CLUB (OJC)
Affiliated with Hillel of Greater Toronto, OCAD Jewish Club (OJC) is the “address” for Jewish student life on campus. Through exciting and creative programming, the OJC promotes Jewish identity, student leadership, and religious and political diversity in a dynamic and inclusive environment for all OCAD University students. Email OJC
OCAD Tabletop is a student-run group dedicated to tabletop role-playing games. We strive to bring about a fun environment for people to express themselves creatively and collaboratively through a medium not available elsewhere at OCAD University. Tabletop RPGs are part game, part story, held loosely together by a rule-set and game-master. RPGs allow players to build characters and act them out through a multitude of settings and adventures. They allow for great visual and written inspiration, promotes team and scenario building, as well as unique problem solving. It’s super-fun and worth a bunch of laughs! Email OCAD Tabletop
OCAD U AD/GRAPH COLLECTIVE (OAGC)
OCAD U Ad/Graph Collective (OAGC) aims to build a community for students who are looking to grow beyond the classroom. These students are looking to learn more about the industry and want to participate with other members. With industry speakers, workshops, group events and student competitions, we promise to further develop student skills and enhance their academic program. Email OAGC
OCAD U CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (OCF)
Affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the OCF cultivates spiritual growth and fosters community through prayer meetings, community meals, and art discussion groups. An affiliation with the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada allows members to participate in events such as retreats, seminars and conferences. Christian and non-Christian students, faculty and staff interested in participating amongst an OCAD U community of believers are welcome. Email OCF
OCAD U COMPUTER CLUB
The OCAD U Computer Club is an inclusive learning community for creative with an interest in emerging technologies. The group facilitates skill-sharing among members and we organize workshops and tutorials pertaining to topics ranging from programming, game design and physical computing to digital activisim, identity politics and cultural theory. OCAD U Computer Club goes against academia’s expert-led pedagogy and encourages knowledge-sharing among novices. We start each meeting by chatting informally about what we learned that week, what we’re working on and what we still want to learn. All levels of participation and skill are welcome. Email OCAD U Computer Club
OCAD U ETSY TEAM
The OCAD U Etsy Team is a group that provides support and encouragement to students, alumni, faculty and staff who sell, or want to start selling, their art or other creations in their own Etsy shops. The team runs workshops, meet ups and in person craft markets. Although some events relate specifically to Etsy, others may be helpful or enjoyable to anyone selling their work online or in craft markets. Knowledge sharing is heavily encouraged! Email OCAD U Etsy Team
OCAD U MATURE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
(NEW for 2015/2016)
Coordinated and supported by OCAD Student Union in collaboration with OCAD U’s Campus Life office and First Generation Programs, the OCAD U Mature Student Association (OMATSA) is a network and meeting place to support our 25+ older than average, mature and part-time students. OMATSA is a collaborative forum for exchange of information on a variety of academic, career and social topics, in addition to promoting connection, networking, support, resources and community interaction. We are open to suggestions. Join us on Facebook or send an email to be kept informed and get involved.
OCAD U ZINE COLLECTIVE
The Zine Collective is made up of students who are interested in self-publishing through the medium of zines. Together we create zines, learn about zine distribution and promotion, and help sustain the OCAD U Zine Library. We also help plan the annual OCAD U Zine Fair and attend activities like workshops and field trips to other zine events. Come and join us if you’re interested in promoting and distributing your artwork in a way that is easy, cheap, and fun! Email Zine Collective
OCAD U STUDENT PRESS
The OCAD U Student Press serves as a platform for idea sharing, research, and communication among the OCAD U community. We publish a major book every year, showcasing ground-breaking academic research and projects done by our most promising students in the fields of art and design. In 2013/2014, the Press will expand its services by introducing a series of educational workshops, additional publications and events, offering students new opportunities to get involved. Email OCAD U Student Press / www.ocadustudentpress.com
OCAD UNIVERSITY CHINESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (OCSA)
OCSA is a Chinese-student based organization dedicated towards improving cultural awareness on campus, providing academic information and support for students coming from a common background. OCSA also strives to promote culture through innovative and educational activities while developing leadership and fostering friendship within the association and other OCAD U student communities. Email OCSA
Ocar strives to teach students about the technical importance of vehicles and transportation; everything from packaging and safety to design and function, but most importantly, the expression of hot, nasty, bad-ass speed is what we push for. Drawing, drafting, skill, knowledge and integrity are our pillars. Come along for a ride. Email OCAR
OCpaint is designed as an artistic platform where international and non-international students can come together, connect, socialize, and create community. The group will help one another with drawing and painting skills, inspiration and technical support. Email OCpaint
PROUD AT OCAD U
PROUD at OCAD U is a safe, inclusive and positive space within which the LGBTQ community at OCAD U can socialize, network, share and receive peer support, create, have fun, and celebrate our diverse identities. Straight allies welcome! Email PROUD / Find PROUD on facebook / Follow PROUD on twitter
The Grind is an incubator for students who want to start their own small business. The group aims to connect students interested in business/entrepreneurship, encourage collaboration and provide guest speakers, workshops and resources to assist participants in networking, learning new skills and portfolio building.
Email The Grind / www.thegrindocadu.com
Want to learn how to make ceramic pots on a wheel? This is your chance! Throwing Club will be doing weekly sessions where we teach anyone with Ceramic studio access how to throw — just because we think throwing is fabulous and everyone should give it a try! Students from all departments welcome. Email Throwing Club
Vernacular is a creative writing and publishing collective dedicated to poetry and other experimental approaches to language. We meet to share prompts and new works, and to develop our language-based practices. Curated works will be distributed through periodic publications, podcasts and events. By fostering a community of writers, speakers and signers, Vernacular provides a platform for creative linguistic agency and innovation. Email Vernacular.