Work/Place Program

The Work/Place Program is a new co-curricular experiential learning initiative that provides students employed on campus with an enhanced experience while working at OCAD U. Students who participate will be included in unique events and offered resources that will help as they advocate for themselves in relationship to future professional goals.

In recognition of participating in the Work/Place program, students will receive formal recognition from OCAD University through a co-curricular record and a limited-edition enameled pin designed by Toronto artist and OCAD U graduate, Ness Lee.

Program Overview

The Work/Place program allows students to use their on-campus employment as an experiential learning opportunity to develop skills, set goals and take action in relationship to their future professional goals.

The program offers a framework of activities that is connected to working on campus which occurs in the following stages:

Stage one: Take Stock & Set Goals. Stage two: Check-In & Iterate. Stage 3: Capture & Share.

To receive recognition, students complete one activity in each of the three stages.

Work/Place Themes

While there are many opportunities for learning and growth while working on campus, the Work/Place program identifies three key categories, and a variety of proficiencies, that students can focus on:

Personal Development: Developing knowledge and skills important to personal growth. This includes expanding your self-awareness, organizational skills, and communication skills.

Professional Development: Developing skills important to your professional goals. This includes establishing an understanding of professional conduct, setting priorities, and building your creative practice.

Civic and Social Engagement: Developing skills, knowledge and ways of navigating the world as a civic minded individual. For example, building capacity within a community through skills-sharing, or furthering intercultural competency and inclusivity.

Throughout the program, students can refer to these themes to reflect and frame their experiences.

Program Timeline

From September 2018 to May 2019, we are in our pilot phase of the project. Future program dates will be published in summer 2019.


Alexandra Hong
Project Officer, Experiential Learning
P: 416 977-6000 ext. 3708