Experiential Learning: Placements for Students
Students at OCAD U can apply in-class studies in a professional context by pursuing an Experiential Learning Placement for academic credit.
Students' options for Experiential Learning Placements are to either enrol in a placement-integrated course (Curricular Placement) or self-initiate a Field Placement.
When considering Experiential Learning Placement options, students should contact:
Placement Program Coordinator: Farihah Shah, firstname.lastname@example.org
OCAD U offers several placement-integrated undergraduate courses in the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Design, and Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences/School of Interdisciplinary Studies. The list of courses can be found on the right side of this page. Each course is led by a Faculty Instructor and supported by the Experiential Learning Placement Program for professional development and Placement Partner connections. To earn academic credit, students are expected to commit to 80 - 120 supervised placement hours and complete in-class assignments and presentations.
Field Placement is intended for independent Undergraduate and Graduate students who self-initiate contact with their Placement Partner Organization. Like Curricular Placements, Field Placement focuses on mentorship and on-site learning under the guidance of the Placement Supervisor. Students are evaluated by their OCADU Faculty Supervisor for academic credit, on an individual, self-initiated basis.
Extra-curricular paid internships
Students can pursue internships outside of their OCADU studies, which offer compensation other than credit. It is recommended that a paid internship not conflict with your course load, that it be relevant to your professional/academic interests and that there is a joint commitment towards mentorship. These kinds of opportunities can be self-generated, or located via employment postings, such as those on the OCAD U Talent Network.