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Experiential Learning Program

Provides students with the opportunity to participate in for-credit learning placements, and develop a foundation for long-term success.

Student presentation of graduate level game design, 2012. Photo by Christina Gapic.

Experiential Learning Placements Program: Students

Students at OCAD U can take advantage of work- and community-integrated learning opportunities in a number of exciting ways. These kind of placements can supplement your learning, help you to develop professional skills and expand your network.

For-credit placements

OCAD U offers several structured undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/School of Interdisciplinary Studies in which students can enrol to participate in a for-credit placement. A list of such courses can be found on the right side of this page. 

On an independent basis, undergraduate students can also pursue Field Placement as part of the Special Studies program. These for-credit placements immerse students in a professional environment, guided by a faculty member, with specific learning, work and mentorship objectives attached. Graduate students also have opportunities within their respective programs of study to participate in placements and residencies.

Co-curricular paid internships

Students can also pursue internships which offer compensation other than credit. It is recommended that a paid internship not conflict with your course load, that it be relevant to your professional/academic interests and that there is a joint commitment towards mentorship. These kinds of opportunities can be self-generated, or located via employment postings, such as those on the OCAD U Talent Network.

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Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning
Tel: 416-977-6000 x3844

Undergraduate Student Options

Learning in the Field (CROS-3011, CROS-3012)
Art & Design Education Lab: AGO (CROS 3008) 
Art & Design Education Lab: Community Leadership (CROS 4001)
Industrial Design: Connections/Internship (INDS 3009) 
Design Internship (GDES 3104)
Plugged-In (DIGF 2010)
Field Placement  
Canada-Brazil Science Without Borders Program

Experiential Learning Placements Program: Academic Policy

Students, faculty and placement partners are encouraged to become familiar with OCAD U's Experiential Learning Placements Program academic policy in order to understand the processes and parameters which define how for-credit placements are approached.

Create Opportunity

Students, faculty and placement partners can also download our guide to the Experiential Learning Placements Program at OCAD U called Create Opportunity.

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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