Pilot Program: Summer Studio Access

This summer, OCAD U will conduct a pilot program of summer studio access for students. The pilot will help the university evaluate the feasibility of a larger-scale program of access.

From June 18 to August 17, fifteen (15) eligible students — selected through an application and lottery process — will be able to access selected studio facilities. The pilot program is intended to support students about to enter their final year of study at OCAD U with an opportunity for advanced preparation.

Studios Included in the Pilot Program

The following studios are included in the Summer Studio Access Pilot Program:

  • Drawing & Painting
  • Photography
  • Integrated Media
  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery
  • Textiles
  • Fabrication studios (Wood, Metal, Plastics)

Schedules

Students interested in applying to the pilot program should familiarize themselves with each studio's summer operating schedule. In summer, the university’s studios schedules are built around Spring/Summer term course offerings, and typically operate on reduced schedules compared with Fall/Winter terms. Pilot program participants will note that the summer studio schedules are subject to staff appointments (full- or part-time) and availability, which may be impacted by illness or vacation periods. Participants in the pilot program are encouraged to set up an initial consultation with studio technicians to discuss the work they intend to do and so that technicians can determine how best to provide support.

Classes taking place in these studios have priority access. Class schedules will be posted, and participating students must respect these schedules. Participating students should also note OCAD University’s summer operating hours.  

Eligibility

The pilot will be open to third-year students who intend to pursue their thesis (or directed study) year in the Fall/Winter 2018-19 academic terms. Students must have completed the prerequisite studio course(s) applicable to the studio areas they wish to access during the pilot program. Eligible students must be in good academic standing, and have no outstanding balances with the university.

Application Process

Applications are open using the online form until 4 p.m. on Friday, June 1, 2018. A total of 15 participants will be chosen at random by lottery from all submitted applications. Selected students’ eligibility, including confirmation of prerequisite completion, will be verified by the university. Successful participants will be notified of their selection by Friday, June 8. Only selected students will be contacted.

Fee

Participants will be required to pay a non-refundable fee of $200.00. This fee must be paid through the Cashier, 7th floor, 230 Richmond St. W., and a receipt must be presented to Studio Management prior to accessing the studios in the pilot program. This fee does not include any materials used in the studios. Participating students will continue to use Payable to purchase materials from technicians in the studios. 

Orientation & Follow Up

Participating students are required to attend an orientation session on Wednesday, June 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. in RHB 1015, 230 Richmond St. W. prior to beginning their studio access. Participants can pay the their fee at the Cashier (7th floor, 230 Richmond St. W., beforehand, and present their receipt of payment to Studio Management at the orientation). Participants are also required to attend a focus group following the access period (date TBD) to share their insights and experiences as part of the pilot’s evaluation process.

Participants who are unable to attend the orientation must make an appointment with the Studio Management office for a consultation. Studio access will not be granted to any participant without having had this consultation beforehand.

Questions related to the pilot program may be directed to OCAD U Studio Management at studiomanagement@ocadu.ca or by visiting Room 102, 100 McCaul St., M-F, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

FAQ: Summer Studio Access Pilot Program

  1. Why is the program limited to 15 participants?
  2. Will I be able to access the studios on the weekends?
  3. What are the limitations related to studio operations and staffing?
  4. Can I use the studio while there’s a class taking place?
  5. If I have taken one of the prerequisite courses that allows me to access one studio area (e.g. the Integrated Media studios) can I also access another studio area (e.g. Photography)?
  6. Can I use the Rapid Prototyping Centre?
  7. Can I pay less if I only want to use the studios for a month?
  8. Why is the program limited to third-year students?
  9. I pay tuition. Why do I have to pay a separate fee for this studio access period?
  10. Can I make work for sale in the studios?
  11. Can I rent a locker?
  12. How come some studios are not included in the Summer Studio Access Pilot Program?

Why is the program limited to 15 participants?
A number of factors have been taken into account for determining a suitable number of participants in the pilot, including labour management, access control, safety, operational hours, coordination of the application process and effective evaluation of the pilot.

Will I be able to access the studios on the weekends?
No, OCAD University is closed on the weekends in the summer.

What are the limitations related to studio operations and staffing?
Some studios are only staffed part time in the summer months, and/or may require full closure during periods while staff are taking vacation. In some cases, these holiday closure periods may be a week or two at a time. Schedules for each studio in the pilot program have been made available to assist students in determining if the pilot program is a good fit for them. Participants are encouraged to set up an initial consultation with each studio technician regarding the work you plan to do so that technicians can plan how best to support you.

Can I use the studio while there’s a class taking place?
No, priority is given to curricular programming.

If I have taken one of the prerequisite courses that allows me to access one studio area (e.g. the Integrated Media studios) can I also access another studio area (e.g. Photography)?
No, you must have completed the relevant prerequisite course(s) for each studio area you wish to access.   

Can I use the Rapid Prototyping Centre?
Yes. The Rapid Prototyping Centre is open in the summer; a schedule is available online.   

Can I pay less if I only want to use the studios for a month?
No, the fee is a one-time flat fee for all participants, for access during the duration of the program (June 18 to August 17, 2018).

Why is the program limited to third-year students?
The Summer Studio Access Pilot Program is designed to provide an opportunity for advanced preparation for final year. Limiting the program to third-year students who intend to enter fourth-year thesis (or directed studio) ensures that the majority of those interested in applying have taken the required prerequisite course(s) to use the studios, and that this studio access supports the work they will do in their final year.

I pay tuition. Why do I have to pay a separate fee for this studio access period?
The tuition you pay when enrolled in studio courses helps offset the overhead costs of operating those studios. The pilot program is targeted to students not enrolled in any summer courses. Evaluation of an appropriate fee structure for non-curricular access is part of this pilot program’s objective.

Can I make work for sale in the studios?
The intention of the program of summer studio privileges is to support students’ studio-based academic work, and provide an opportunity for advanced preparation for students’ final year. These studio privileges are not to be used for the mass production of work for commercial purposes.

Can I rent a locker?
Yes, summer lockers are available to rent through the Facilities department. Summer lockers are available on Level 1 of 100 McCaul Street only. A $20 fee can be paid in cash directly to Facilities on Level 2 of 51 McCaul Street, or other forms of payment can be made at the Cashier at 230 Richmond St. W. on the 7th floor, and you can take your receipt to Facilities to rent the locker. Bring your valid student ID. Summer locker rentals end, and lockers must be cleaned out by Friday, August 17.

How come some studios are not included in the Summer Studio Access Pilot Program?
OCAD U’s summer studio schedule is built around supporting the Spring/Summer term’s curriculum. In some cases, there is no curricular programming in certain studios, and as such, they are closed for the summer months.

Applications are now closed.