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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.



Career Launcher Fund

Graduating Students

Emerging artists and designers are invited to apply for funds that will support activities relating to their early career success as they transition out of school.

Submission Deadline: Closed!

401 Richmond


The 401 Richmond Career Launcher is a fantastic opportunity will place 4 students in a rent-free, downtown studio space for 1 year.

Closed: Recipients announced!

Artist Project

Sculpture & Installation

One Sculpture & Installation alumni will be commissioned to exhibit a performance piece at the Artist Project.

Closed: Recipient announced!


Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Illustration and Material Art & Design

Graduating students will have the opportunity to exhibit in Canada's largest and longest running juried contemporary outdoor art fair!

Closed: Recipients announced!

Queen West Art Crawl

Drawing & Painting

Graduating Drawing and Painting students will have the opportunity to exhibit in this large annual public event which attracts over 60,000 visitors each year

Closed: Recipients announced!

Rouge National Urban Park: Parks Canada


Photography students are invited to apply for this opportunity and a successful applicant will be employed at Canada's first national urban park.

Closed:Recipient announced!


Artscape Youngplace

Criticism & Curatorial Practice

An essay will be commissioned from a Criticism and Curatorial practice student to accompany an upcoming solo exhibition.

Closed: Recipient Announced!

Artscape Youngplace


Photography students are encouraged to apply, working with the Artscape curatorial team, faculty, CEAD, and an OCAD U Photo alumni!

Closed: Recipients announced!

Akin Collective

Drawing & Painting

Drawing & Painting students are invited to apply for this opportunity and a successful applicant will be awarded a free 50sqft foot studio space for a 4-month period!

Closed: Recipients announced!


Healthcare Human Factors


Healthcare Human Factors and The Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers are excited to announce the first Healthcare Human Factors Career Launcher for a graduateof the OCAD U Graphic Design or Industrial Design programs.

Closed: Recipient announced!

IN:Sight Rooftop Art


A rooftop art design competition amongst emerging artists and alumni from OCAD University who will compete to have their design of a temporary art installation on top of the Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre to compliment their upcoming solar panel installation.

Closed: Shortlist announced!

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