Career Launchers


Career Launchers are unique, high-profile opportunities developed in partnership with industry to help senior students and new graduates launch their professional practice.

These supported opportunities provide deeper exposure to real-world demands and skills associated with advancing a professional creative career through two streams:

  1. Augmented Opportunities: Funding for emerging artists and designers to offset material and production costs associated with pursuing exceptional creative initiatives.
  2. Employment Opportunities: Job opportunities within arts, culture, media, heritage organizations, and creative industries facilitated and supported by the CEAD. 
Examples of Opportunities
  • Material, technology and professional support towards activities, exhibitions, studio spaces, and entrepreneurial marketplaces
  • Paid internships (minimum 560 hours)
  • Public exhibition and presentation opportunities
Anticipated Benefits for Partners
  • Facilitated recruitment from a pool of highly creative talents
  • Wide exposure and coverage from industry and internal media
  • Assistance in the creation of experimental opportunities and new initiatives
  • Opportunities are cultivated through insightful consultation with faculty leadership and negotiated in strategic partnership within the sector.
  • Applicants are supported in the process and submissions are assessed to ensure quality and compatibility with the organizations.
Quality Assurance
  • The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) works closely with every facilitated opportunity to ensure best-practice, meaningful mentorship and outcomes.
  • Transparent partnership agreements outline commitments to all stakeholders and to warrant a follow-through and qualitative assessment.
  • Check-in sessions are integrated into placement and project schedules to assure priorities, expectations and alignment associated with the graduates’ degree-level learning and career competencies, as well as needs from the organization partners.
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Partners Include


Career Development
P: 416 977 6000 Ext. 4020