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Design4 Opportunity: TEALEAVES (4 Design Apprentices)

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Opportunity Description

Design4 is an externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, at both the Undergraduate (BDES) and Masters (MDES) levels. Students will be selected to participate in Design4 and placed in a small multidisciplinary team of 4. 

Founded in Vancouver, Canada, TEALEAVES is one of the very few master tea blenders left in the entire world. Each one of their blends is hand-blended, carefully sourced, and curated to create the perfect cup of tea. The philosophy behind their work has always been design focused with a commitment to art, beauty, design, sustainability, inclusivity and innovation. 

Projects include: 

  • Creating a product using biomimicry

  • Opportunity to apply biomimetic design principles
  • Designing for mobile 
  • Redesigning 

Expected Outcomes 

Deep industry insight and the chance to build meaningful creative professional relationships that will enhance future employment outcomes. The opportunity to put discipline-specific design skills into practice and reflect on the portfolio-worthy work that gets produced.

Equity and Diversity

OCAD U’s principles of decolonization, diversity & equity, sustainability and health/wellness are guiding considerations for the Design4 program. The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers will be prioritizing support for the Indigenous & Black Youth Design Initiative developed by the Faculty of Design within the context of Design4. 

Expected Start Date: January / February 2021 
Rate: $22/hour. 10 hours a week for a period up to 4 months
Deadline: Jan 21, 2021 at midnight


  • Current upper-year students taking 3rd or 4th-year courses at the Undergraduate level or any year at the Master’s level, enrolled in any discipline in the Faculty of Design at OCAD U 
  • Firm grasp of design fundamentals demonstrated by a strong portfolio of digital products 
  • Meticulous attention to detail and a keen eye for typography and visual hierarchy 
  • Funding for this opportunity requires that selected students must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents 

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Application Portal:
via OCAD U Talent Network ID: 11277

Zviko Mhakayakora
Special Project Coordinator