Workshops and Info Sessions

Improve your career-readiness by attending a workshop or information session offered by the Career Development office. Throughout the academic year, we host a variety of employers and non-profit organizations for information sessions that promote and demystify their internship and employment opportunities. Meet with potential employers and have your questions answered.

Additionally, Career Development workshops are designed to equip students and recent alumni with the capacity to attain early career success within increasingly competitive creative professions. Learn how to emphasize and build on your knowledge and abilities, identify and enhance transferable skills and develop targeted job seeking strategies that will lead to long-term success.

These sessions are open to all OCAD U students and new graduates (subject to capacity and unless otherwise stated). Core resources referenced in these workshops can be found on our Tools & Resources page.


Follow the CEAD on social media for up-to-date information on our upcoming events and opportunities.




Experiencing stress and uncertainty about your early career?

Student Wellness Centre teams up with the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers to support recent OCAD U graduates with a focus on managing workplace stress, interpersonal professionalism, and employment distress. This is an ongoing series of monthly workshops as a part of the OCAD U commitment to ease the transition from campus culture to the workplace. SWC Facilitators will share coping strategies, scalable goals, and strengths-based language to help each participant tap into their inner boss. 


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“Tackling Imposter Syndrome, Employment Anxiety, and Workplace Stress after Graduation”

Friday, October 4, 1 PM to 3 PM

Please join us! No RSVP required.

About the Facilitators:

Alex McLaren is a Peer Facilitator at Student Wellness and an alumni of OCADU. As an artist, student accessibility advocate, and health educator, Alex supports a diverse student population on campus. You can find Alex at SWC outreach events, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Journaling Club, Peer Wellness events, and offers one-on-one creative case-management. 

Anisa Nagakawa is a current student, emerging artist, and the Student Wellness resident illustrator and muralist. Since joining the Student Wellness team, Anisa has been behind the scenes leading Peer Wellness programming, outreach, and social events for students. Her ongoing work and murals can be seen at Student Wellness and Student Accessibility Services.

Questions? Contact for assistance or to be notified of upcoming dates. Or follow the SWC and the CEAD on social media.

Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

Rosalie Sharp Pavilion
Level 3
115 McCaul St.


Your Work Here -

A guide to making the most of GradEx

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Your Work Here is a resource for students who will be participating in GradEx this May, offering tips and insights on how to take advantage of this amazing exhibition opportunity.

We are offering special information sessions to walk students through this guide, during the February Reading Week, led by professional artists & designers:

Your Work Here

Focus on object + space designers – w/ Mahmood Popal – Tuesday, February 19 from 1 – 2:30pm  
Focus on visual artists – w/ Derek Liddington – Wednesday, February 20 from 11:30am – 1pm
Focus on communication + service designers – w/ Peter Ha – Thursday, February 21 from 12 – 1:30pm 

Each session will provide free lunch! Please RSVP by replying to this email and indicating which session you would like to attend.

Sessions are taking place at 115 McCaul Street, 3rd Floor in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion.

Your Work Here is a resource for students who will be participating in GradEx this May, offering tips and insights on how to take advantage of this amazing exhibition opportunity.

Download the PDF guides to gain practical tips and professional insights which will help you make the most of this major event.






    Toronto's biggest art and design graduate school fair featuring 20+ schools

    Are you considering graduate school to advance your career, deepen your practice or extend your research interests? This is your chance to learn more about MFA, MDes, MA/PhD programs throughout Canada, the U.S. and Europe. Meet representatives from more than 20 of the best art and design universities and get the answers you need about funding and more at our Expert Panel sessions.

    Attend this free event on October 8 from 11 am to 3 pm at OCAD U's Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, 115 McCaul St, Level 3

    Full event details at:

    Expert Panel Sessions:

    Get the answers you need, as prospective Graduate students, from our expert panel series Everything you ever wanted to know about grad school, but were afraid to ask on Level 2, 115 McCaul St.

    • Funding Your Grad School Experience


      Learn about grants, scholarships, awards and bursaries open to graduate students in Ontario from Anne Ahrens-Embleton, Manager of the Graduate Studies Office at OCAD U. And hear from recent alum Tommy Ting about funding graduate school through scholarships and research assistantships.

    • Successful Applications & Research Statements


      Learn Whether you are applying for an MA, MFA, MDes, scholarship or grant, this is the discussion for you. Get valuable advice about framing a research focus and preparing a successful application package. Through a candid discussion around considerations and expectations for advanced degrees in art and design, you will gain valuable first-hand insights as you plan for continued learning.


      Jean Bruce, PhD
      - Associate Dean, Graduate Education, FCAD, Ryerson University

      Ashok Mathur
      , PhD
      - Dean, Graduate Studies, OCAD University

      Florence Yee, MFA Candidate
      - OCAD University


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      Need to improve your job application skills?
      Jumpstart your creative career!

      The next Your Creative Career Workshop Series will be offered during the October 2019 Study Week.

      4:00 - 6:00pm each day

      Jumpstart your creative career! Attend this comprehensive four-part series covering all aspects of finding meaningful employment – from the initial search through to the interview process. Each session provides valuable guidance and strategies to help you land your dream job. We recommend that you attend all four workshops in the series, as each session builds on knowledge gained in the last:

      • Part 1: Job Search Strategies

        Tuesday, October 15th

        4:00 - 6:00pm

      • Part 2: Building A Strong Resume & Professional Presence

        Wednesday, October 16th
        4:00 - 6:00pm

      • Part 3: Creating a Compelling Creative Portfolio

        Thursday, October 17th
        4:00 - 6:00pm

      • Part 4: Preparing for the Interview

        Friday, October 18th
        4:00 - 6:00pm

      Light refreshments will be provided.

      All sessions will take place at the:

      Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
      Rosalie Sharp Pavilion
      Level 3
      115 McCaul St. 



      Grant Writing Basics

      The STEPS Initiative is pleased to present Toronto Arts Council Visual/Media Arts Program Manager, Peter Kingstone. We will discuss upcoming funding opportunities, application development tips, and best practices in an approachable and accessible way. Learn more about what makes a successful grant proposal and how best to frame your project ideas. There will be time for questions. All are welcome, free to attend.

      The PATCH Project will also present our upcoming Call for PATCH Project Artists.

      About the Presenter:

      Toronto Arts Council is the City of Toronto's funding body for artists and arts organizations in Toronto.

      Peter Kingstone is a Toronto-based visual artist and curator, working primarily in video and photography. As an independent artist, Peter’s installation pieces have been shown across Canada and internationally, and he was awarded the Untitled Artist Award in 2005 for his installation The Strange Case of peter K. (1974-2004). Peter holds a degree in Philosophy/Cultural Studies from Trent University in Peterborough and a Masters of Fine Art focusing on video and new media from York University in Toronto. Peter has presented at many conferences on the ideas around storytelling and social engagement. Peter started in September 2012 as the Acting Visual/Media Arts Program Manager at Toronto Arts Council.


      Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
      Level 3 - Rosalie Sharp Pavilion
      115 McCaul St.