OCAD U’s Commitment

The OCAD U commitment is a bold new initiative that offers extended access to key career-related services and supports for new graduates for the first year after you receive your degree.

This initiative is being realized through various collaborative efforts at OCAD U, as well as with the generous support of key external partners who share our resolve to help new OCAD U alumni get meaningful jobs, set up businesses and advance their professional practice.

Who Qualifies?

The OCAD U commitment is made available to students graduating in Spring 2019 and to future graduating years. While the emphasis here is on both 2019+ graduates and a “one-year” access period, many of the valuable services and supports that are included will remain available beyond that important first year outside of the University.

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Extended Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription

Eligible graduating students who were enrolled in the Laptop Program, will now receive an additional 1-year extension to your Adobe Creative Cloud license!

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Work Space for Recent Grads

Recent OCAD U grads are invited to come work, collaborate and create in the new Experiential Learning Centre and create in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at 115 McCaul St. 3rd floor. Contact szhang@ocadu.ca for more information.

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Career Advising and Mentorship

There are weekly opportunities for one-on-one career advising and mentorship for recent alumni. Meet with OCAD U career advisors to talk about your needs and goals, or speak with the Creative Professionals-In-Residence.

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Free FreshBooks Subscription

Graduating OCAD U students get a free 1-year subscription to FreshBooks' all-in-one accounting solution, made for budding entrepreneurs just like you. With FreshBooks, you don’t need to learn the ins and outs of invoicing, expense tracking and other time-consuming tasks because all the heavy lifting is done for you. That means way more time doing the work you love. To get started, visit www.freshbooks.com/OCADUCommitment to sign up!

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Format Portfolios Discount

Graduating students can receive a 20% discount from Format on their Annual Pro Plan subscription! Take advantage of this significant discount at the end of your free access period (six months after graduation). Look out for your discount code in an email from Format, sent prior to the expiry of your free access period.

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Career Transition Support Workshops

Attend a monthly Career Transition Support Workshop designed to assist new grads in managing the stress and uncertainty related to career aspirations and goal setting. Led by expert staff from OCAD U’s Health & Wellness Centre. Check our workshop page for upcoming sessions.

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Networking and Mentorship

Students and alumni can use TenThousandCoffees.com to meet with a range of professionals and fellow alumni. Find a mentor via the OCAD U Hub

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Workshops, Events and Industry Info Sessions

Attend an upcoming event, workshop or industry info session to gain insights and professional skills that contribute to long-term career success. 

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Student & Alumni Job Board

Find exceptional paid creative work opportunities on the Talent Network. This is the job board where employers can recruit OCAD U alumni for all kinds of cultural and creative paid work opportunities. Exclusive to OCAD U students and alumni! 

Paid Career Launchers

Career Launchers

Apply for a Career Launcher opportunity to kick-start your professional practice. These are unique, high-profile opportunities to help new graduates start your creative careers after school. 

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Discount from Moo.com

OCAD U grads are eligible for a 30% discount from MOO on all business card, postcard, sticker orders and more. Claim your discount now!

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Alumni Benefits

OCAD U’s Alumni Relations provides a variety of benefits and services. It's OCAD U’s way of helping to foster a sense of community post-graduation, and to help develop stronger alumni networks. 

Graduate Studies Scholarships

Graduate Studies Scholarships

Think grad school might be in your future? Grad Studies at OCAD U is offering free application assessments for any of our seven master’s programs! Submit a fast-track application by July 12th and they’ll waive the $100 USD application fee. Better yet, if you get an offer of admission you’ll receive a $1000 entrance scholarship! Learn more by contacting gradstudies@ocadu.ca

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Work Permit Support for International Students

International students may be eligible to work in Canada for up to three years after graduation!  Get advice and guidance on your post-graduation work permit application from our Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor. Contact international@ocadu.ca for more information.


Zviko Mhakayakora
Special Projects Coordinator, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
E: zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca