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Career Launchers are unique, high-profile opportunities for students, developed in partnership with industry, in order to help new graduates start their professional practice after school.

These offerings are by application, talent driven and juried by faculty and the industry partners themselves.

2020

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Partial x OCAD U: Call for Submissions

Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for current OCAD U students in the Faculty or Art/Design and recent alumni (2019). The selected artists/designers will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Accounts on Partial and inclusion as featured artists within the OCAD University Hub on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals.

G44 Production Membership

G44 and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of the Gallery 44 Career Launcher providing Production Memberships to three (3) recent OCAD U graduates. This exclusive membership opportunity will provide access to Gallery 44 production facilities, equipment rentals and programming for sixteen months, starting June 1, 2020 to support the graduates’ upcoming exhibitions, continued creative production and professional opportunities.

DEADLINE: Extended to May 10, 2020 at midnight

The Momus Emerging Critics Residency

Momus, in partnership with OCAD University, invites applications for the first Toronto edition of the Momus Emerging Critics Residency, taking place from August 17-21 (in-class), with an option for remote writing mentorship August 24-28. Open to industry professionals, OCAD U faculty, senior students, and graduates, this intensive summer program aims to foster the next generation of art writers and publishers through mentorship and practical skills development.
DEADLINE for Momus: May 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
DEADLINE for funding: May 10, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

PAST OPPORTUNITIES

2020 Akin Studio

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the Akin Collective Career Launcher for Drawing & Painting and Material Art & Design students in their graduating term. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and one successful applicant will be awarded $ 2,000 in credits to go towards a studio space at Akin’s inspiring shared workspaces in 2020-2021!

DEADLINE: April, 12, 2020 at midnight Recipient Announced!

Career Launcher Fund 2020

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is excited to announce the return of the Career Launcher Fund for students participating in GradEx 105 or convocating in 2020 (incl. students completing courses in Fall 2020). This fund supports activities relating to your early career success as you transition out of school. Eligible activities could range from supporting your professional presence at GradEx 105, such as covering the cost of printing business cards, attending residencies and workshops, or presenting your work professionally outside of school.

DEADLINE: Extended to April 24, 2020 at midnight

2020 Mackenzie Investments

Mackenzie Investments and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of a one-year exhibition opportunity for graduating students from the Drawing & Painting, Photography and INVC programs at OCAD U. The theme of this exhibition is Creating Inclusive Spaces.

DEADLINE: Extended to April 29 at 11:59PM

Bruce Mau Design: Graphic Designer (Internship)

Bruce Mau Design is seeking a Graphic Designer who will contribute their passion and talent to one of BMD’s design teams. You will provide design and production support across a diverse range of clients and projects.

DEADLINE: March, 16, 2020 at midnight Recipient Announced!

Scotiabank Design Internship

Reporting to the Director, Digital Customer Experience, Digital Banking, the Service Designer will be responsible for helping Scotiabank see what is hidden in plain sight by mapping our end-to-end services and processes from the perspective of the customer, and unearthing how they can be reimagined to better serve our customers digitally and beyond.

DEADLINE: March, 26, 2020 at midnight

Scotiabank Art Program Internship

Reporting to the Manager, Fine Art Program, the Fine Art Program intern will be responsible for supporting department staff in the daily operations of the Fine Art Program, including, but not limited to: collection’s management, installation, shipping and receiving, database management, project management, research, and other administrative tasks.

DEADLINE: March, 26, 2020 at midnight

ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE PROGRAM IN ESTONIA

OCAD U’s Material Art & Design and Digital Futures programs are pleased toannounce scholarship opportunities to participate in Working with Analog/Digital Materials – Artists-in-Residence Program in Estonia, May 18–22, 2020, in Tallinn, Estonia.

Recipients Announced!

2020 Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Career Launcher award for students in the Illustration, Material Art & Design, Photography and Printmaking/Publications programs. Eligible students will have the opportunity to exhibit in the 59th year of this annual event; Canada's leading juried outdoor art fair. TOAF was established to nurture excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary work to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 360 exhibitors and attracts 130,000 visitors each year.

DEADLINE: March 9th, at 11:59 PM

401 Richmond: Illustration Studio 2020

Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and four (4) successful applicants will be awarded one year of free studio space in 401 Richmond in from June 2020 to May 2021. This is an incredible opportunity to become part of a larger creative community and connect with like-minded creative practitioners. Applications will be reviewed by ILLU Faculty members during GradEx 105.

DEADLINE: March 15, 2020 at midnight

G44 Curatorial Assistant

Gallery 44 in partnership with the OCAD U Career Launcher program, are currently seeking a Curatorial Assistant. Reporting jointly to the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs and the Curator of Education and Community Outreach, the Curatorial Assistant will contribute to the development and realization of gallery exhibitions, workshops, and adjacent programming.

DEADLINE: Friday, February 7, 2020 at midnight
Recipient announced!

NEO Exchange: Commissioning Program

Five emerging artists, working in a variety of mediums, will be commissioned to provide works of art to commemorate the listing of corporate clients or the launch of new funds on the NEO stock exchange.

DEADLINE: Sunday, February 9, 2020 at midnight

2020 Ubisoft Toronto Jr. Graphic Designer

Are you a recent grad or a final-year Graphic Design student at OCAD U?The Ubisoft Toronto Communications team and the Centre for Emerging Artists &Designers are excited to announce the Ubisoft Toronto Career Launcher.

DEADLINE: February, 23, 2020, at midnight

Digital Video Art Commission

The Long Winter Career Launcher is exciting opportunity to create new work and participate in a dynamic public event. Students or recent graduates of the Integrated Media, DPXA, and Digital Futures programs are invited to apply for this paid opportunity by submitting a project proposal for a new, or newly updated, digital video artwork.

Recipients Announced!

2020 Black History Month, Florence

OCAD U professor Andrea Fatona and senior undergraduate Criticism and Curatorial Practice student, Leaf jerlefia (Watson), will collaborate with BHMF, international curator Simone Frangi, and artists Binta Diaw, Francis Offman, Raziel Perin, and Emmanuel Yoro Gallagher to develop the first phase of a project that will see dialogue and exchange between emerging Italian artists and Black Toronto-based emerging artists and curators.

Recipient Announced!

NEO Exchange: Curatorial Coordinator

The NEO Exchange Commissioning Program is seeking a Curatorial Coordinator to support commissioning-related activities and act as a liaison; leading communications between participating artists, NEO Exchange and its listing clients.

DEADLINE: Sunday, January 26, 2020 at midnight

Partial x OCAD U: Call for Students

Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for current OCAD U students in the Faculty of Art. 25 students will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Accounts on Partial and inclusion as featured artists within the OCAD University Hub on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals.

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 13, 2019 at midnight

Artist Project 2020

The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair and The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the return of the Artist Project Career Launcher for an upper year OCAD U student or recent graduate with a performance-based practice (such as, but not limited to, Integrated Media, Digital Futures or Sculpture/Installation).

DEADLINE: Sunday, October 27, 2019
- Recipient announced!

Rosalie Sharp Pavilion Career Launcher

The Rosalie Sharp Pavilion Career Launcher for recent OCAD U grads awards one (1) successful applicant OR one (1) successful collective with a private office/studio space for three months (Nov 2019 – Jan 2020) in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion.

DEADLINE: Sunday, November 11, 2019 at midnight - Recipient Announced!

Partial x OCAD U: Call for Alumni

Partial Gallery and OCAD University are excited to announce a new partnership and opportunity for OCAD U Faculty of Art alumni. 15 recent grads will be given complimentary 1 year Pro Account on Partial and inclusion as a featured artist within the OCAD University Hub on Partial’s online platform in order to showcase their works, and administrate artwork sales and rentals. This is an amazing opportunity to get your work out there, nurture an audience, and sell your work! Applications will be reviewed by faculty members and staff from the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers.

DEADLINE: Sunday, August 25, 2019 at midnight - Recipients Announced!

INLAND x OCAD U

INLAND and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers(CEAD) are excited to announce the INLAND Career Launcher;exclusively for OCAD U Material Art & Design students and recent graduates. MAAD students in their final year and recent graduates areinvited to complete a short survey application in order to be considered for the opportunity to receive a complimentary space at INLAND. Designers will be selected to receive a complimentary 3X3 retail display space at the upcoming INLAND Toronto show, September 27 & 28.

DEADLINE: Monday, September 2, 2019 at midnight - Recipient Announced!

Come Up To My Room 2020 x OCAD U

Come Up To My Room invites OCAD U students and graduates to propose a site-specific, immersive installation that stimulate the imagination and encourage discussion and dialogue between contributors and visitors alike. Successful applicant(s) will transform a hotel room into a complete immersive, “otherworldly” environment art installation. In addition to the exhibition opportunity, the Career Launcher recipient will also receive a production grant from the CEAD.

DEADLINE: September 20, 2019 at midnight - Recipient Announced!

Collections Assistant (Preparation)

OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is looking for a Collections Assistant (Preparation) to support Faculty of Art initiatives related to the IArts Residency Program and The IArts Project Fund, specifically the auction of works in a private family collection comprised primarily of Indian contemporary art. Reporting to the Junior Collections Manager and the Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, the Collections Assistant (Preparation) will manage all tasks related to preparation of works in the collection, including storing, moving, stretching, mounting, framing and exhibition installation.

DEADLINE: Monday, July 15, 2019 - Recipient Announced!

Collections Assistant (Documentation)

OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is looking for a Collections Assistant (Documentation) to support Faculty of Art initiatives related to the IArts Residency Program and The IArts Project Fund, specifically the auction of works in a private family collection comprised primarily of Indian contemporary art. Reporting to the Junior Collections Manager and the Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, the Collections Assistant (Documentation) will manage all tasks related to cataloguing works in the collection, including photography and artifact descriptions for each work in the collection.

DEADLINE: Monday, July 15, 2019 - Recipient Announced!

/edition Art Book Fair 2019

/edition Art Book Fair and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the OCADU Emerging Artist & Publisher section at the /edition Art Book Fair 2019 from October 24 to 27, 2019. Emerging bookmakers, photographers, publishers, printmakers artist's multiple-makers and ephemera-enthusiasts are invited to submit an application for a complimentary half-booth where you can sell editioned prints, books, or other artworks to a growing audience of over 10,000 artists, curators, collectors, and book-lovers.

DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at midnight - Submissions Closed! - Recipient Announced!

Xpace Programming Coordinator

Xpace Cultural Centre welcomes applications for the Career Launcher position of Programming Coordinator. The Programming Coordinator works in collaboration with the Director and second Programming Coordinator to manage, plan and execute workshops, events and exhibitions for Xpace’s exhibition spaces. The Programming Coordinator acts as a liaison between the OCAD U student body, local and national arts organzations, artists and the general public for all information pertaining to Xpace.

Recipient Announced!

Junior Managing Editor

OCAD University's Faculty of Art and YYZ Books welcome applications for the Career Launcher position of Junior Managing Editor. The Junior Managing Editor works in collaboration with the Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation (OCAD U) to assist in research, editing, and production activities to ensure timely delivery of a quality publication.The Junior Managing Editor will coordinate editorial publications and meetings for artists, contributing writers and designers.

Recipient Announced!

Jr Collections Manager / Auctions Coordinator

OCAD University’s Faculty of Art is looking for a Junior Collections Manager / Auction Coordinator to support Faculty of Art initiatives related to the IArts Residency Program and The IArts Project Fund, specifically the auction of works in a private family collection comprised primarily of Indian contemporary art.Reporting to the Associate Dean, Outreach & Innovation, the Junior Collections Manager will coordinate all tasks related to cataloguing, appraisal and preparation of the works, and also act as curatorial lead in the planning and installation of the physical auction, to be held at OCAD University or other locations, in Fall 2019.

DEADLINE: Monday, July 15, 2019 - Recipient Announced!

Community Engagement Assistant

Nuit Blanche Toronto is seeking applications to the part-time Community Engagement Assistant position. Supported by the Career Launcher program, the position will include a full integration into the professional environment of the City Cultural Events Team at the City of Toronto. The position will include the research and development of new programming initiatives for Nuit Blanche 2020 and participation on the on-site team responsible for implementation of the 2019 Nuit Blanche event.

Deadline: May 13, 2019 - Submissions Closed!

Illustration Studio

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to bring back the Illustration Studio Career Launcher for students in their graduating year. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and four (4) successful applicants will be awarded one year of free studio space in 401 Richmond in from June 2019 to May 2020.

Recipient Announced!

Creating Inclusive Spaces Exhibition

Mackenzie Investments and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the creation of a one-year. Exhibition Career Launcher for graduating students from the Faculty of Art. The theme of this exhibition is Creating Inclusive Spaces.

Recipient Announced!

Akin Studio

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the Akin Collective Career Launcher for Drawing & Painting students in their graduating term. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and one successfulapplicant will be awarded $ 2,000 in credits to go towards a studio space at Akin’s inspiring shared workspaces in 2019-2020!

Recipient Announced!

Artscape Youngplace Photography Exhibition

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is excited to announce the 6th annual Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher for graduating Photography students. This year, students are offered the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition in the Hallway Galleries of Artscape Youngplace. One of the finalists will be offered a solo exhibition during CONTACT Festival 2020.

Recipient Announced!

Artscape Youngplace Exhibition Essay

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is excited to announce the 6th annual Artscape Youngplace Career Launcher. This year, Photgraphy students are offered the opportunity to participate in a group exhibition in the Hallway Galleries of Artscape Youngplace. One of the finalists will be offered a solo exhibition during CONTACT Festival 2020. A CRCP/CCP/ VISA student will be selected to join the jury and contribute an exhibition essay to the solo exhibition.

Recipient Announced!

Technical Director

Through a creative partnership with the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra (TYWO), selectedstudents from OCAD’s Digital Painting Expanded Animation program will work with the Career Launcher Technical Director to produce a 25 minute silent compilation of animated shorts to accompany the live concert of Pictures at an Exhibition, written in 1874 by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky. This musical composition is a series of ten pieces that illustrate ten paintings by the composer’s departedartist friend.

Recipient Announced!

Impact and Engagement Assistant

The Gardiner Museum welcome applications to the Impact and Engagement Assistant position. The Impact and Engagement Assistant reports to the Programs Manager, and is a member of the Curatorial, Education & Programs team. This position is responsible for supporting the public engagement by increasing awareness of the Community Arts Space (CAS). They will work in collaboration with Gardiner staff, CAS neighbourhood hubs, OCADU, and other key stakeholders.

Recipient Announced!

Toronto Outdoor Art Fair

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the Toronto Outdoor Art Fair Career Launcher award for students in the Illustration and Material Art & Design programs. Eligible students will have the opportunity to exhibit in the 58th year of this annual event; Canada's largest and longest-running juried contemporary outdoor art fair. TOAF was established to nurture artistic excellence and an entrepreneurial spirit, and to showcase contemporary work to the general public. This free public event showcases works by over 350 exhibitors and attracts 115,000 visitors each year to Nathan Phillips Square.

Recipient Announced!

Nuit Rose 2019

NUIT ROSE is now accepting submissions from OCADU emerging artists, performers, writers, curators, and collectives interested in presenting work and projects for NUIT ROSE EMERGING ARTIST SECTION at the sixth edition of the festival, which will take place on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Recipient Announced!

Programming Development Assistant

Prefix Institute of Contemporary Art is seeking a part-time employee for the position of Programming Development Assistant. The Assistant will be responsible for two key aspects of the organization’s activities. The first area consists of conducting a review of Prefix’s programming history in order to contribute to preparations for the gallery’s twentieth anniversary. The second involves assisting with the research, development and realization of Prefix’s upcoming exhibitions and public programming.

Recipient Announced!

Curatorial Assistant

The Toronto Biennial of Art (TBA) is accepting applications for a full-time position of Curatorial Assistant on the Public Programming and Learning team. An ideal candidate must have a view to inclusivity and diversity, building capacity and changing the landscape of future Canadian leaders in arts, education and culture. The Curatorial Assistant will gain significant, hands-on curatorial, programming and production experience through numerous training and learning opportunities with the Curator, Public Programming and Learning, as well as with the broader TBA team; and cross-departmental exposure to all aspects of the biennial, including logistics, production, publications, finance, communication, partnerships, and fundraising.

Recipient Announced!

Ossington Public Exhibition

Hullmark Developments and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce the Ossington Public Exhibition Career Launcher for senior students and recent graduates from the Faculty of Art.The exhibition will open in April 2019 at 12 Ossington St. Toronto. The selected proposal will be mounted in a boutique-like space with large window opening out to the busy Ossington street.

Recipient Announced!

Nuit Blanche 2019 Independent Projects

Nuit Blanche Toronto and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are inviting recent and upcoming OCAD U graduates from classes of 2017, 2018, and 2019 to apply to Nuit Blanche 2019 Independent Projects Program. One selected Independent Project by OCADU graduates will be awarded with a Career Launcher support valued at $1,500.

Recipient announced!

Career Launcher Fund

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) is excited to announce the return of the Career Launcher Fund for students graduating in 2019.This fund supports activities relating to your early career success as you transition out of school. Eligible activities could range from participating in GradEx 104, attending residencies and workshops, or presenting your work outside of school.

Recipients Announced!

Museum Services & Communications Assoc.

Textile Museum of Canada and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are seeking applications for the Museum Services & Communications Associate. The Associate will work directly with staff to enhance the Museum experience for our visitors and will support the Communication department in executing the Museum’s communication and marketing program; communicating the vision, mission and programming of the TMC to targeted diverse audiences.

Recipient Announced!

Photographer in Residence

The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers is excited to announce the return of the Parks Canada Career Launcher for Photography students. Students are invited to apply for this opportunity and a successful applicant will be employed at Rouge Park - Canada’s first national urban park. The recipient will split their time between the office and the filed; processing images in the Rouge National Urban Park photo library, shooting imagery and doing graphic design. Successful applicant will also receive a $500 equipment grant from the CEAD.

Recipient Announced!

Program Assistant

The STEPS initiative and the CEAD are seeking for a Program Assistant to join the dynamic team. The Program Assistant will provide support to the successful execution of cultural projects.

Recipient Announced!

Gallery Administrator

Sur Gallery and the CEAD are seeking for a part-time Gallery Administrator who will be responsible to provide administrative and general office support and to execute outreach plans including social media and website management. Ideal candidate will be self-confident, a highly organized arts professional with strong interpersonal, communication skills and a positive attitude.

Recipient Announced!

Sky Lounge Art Commission

Great West Life Realty Advisors, Oni One Sourcing and Purchasing and the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers are excited to announce an art commission Career Launcher for recent graduates from OCAD University’s Faculty of Art. The opportunity seeks a large-scale wall mounted art piece at 8’ x 12’ maximum that will be hung in the two-story amenity sky lounge of an upscale rental building in downtown Toronto. Selected artist(s) will receive a production budget and artist fee of $13,000.

Recipient Announced!

Artist Project 2019

We're excited to announce the return of the @artistprojectto Artist Project Toronto Career Launcher for an upper year student or recent graduate of the Integrated Media or Sculpture/Installation programs! Students and recent alumni are invited to apply for this paid opportunity which provides a professional venue and large public audience for their work.The successful applicant will participate in the 12th annual Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair. The recipient will also receive a $2,000 production grant towards the realization of this outstanding opportunity.

Recipient Announced!


Contact

Zviko Mhakayakora
Special Projects Coordinator
E: zmhakayakora@ocadu.ca
P: 416 977 6000 Ext. 3707



The Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers recognizes the generous support for the Career Launcher program from the Province of Ontario through its Career Ready Fund.