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The Career Launchers is a program by OCAD U's RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (RBC CEAD) that supports the professional development of emerging creative talent from OCAD University as they transition out of school and into their early careers. Developed in partnership with industry, we deliver unique, high-profile opportunities created exclusively for OCAD U students and new alumni, which are tailored to their professional goals and needs. The opportunities provide deeper exposure to real-world demands and skills associated with advancing a professional creative career through two streams: 

  • Creative Opportunities: Funding for emerging artists and designers to offset material and production costs associated with pursuing exceptional creative initiatives.
  • Recruited Placements: Job opportunities within arts, culture, media, heritage organizations, and creative industries facilitated and supported by the RBC CEAD. 

The OCAD U RBC CEAD is committed to promoting substantive equality for equity-seeking groups that are under-represented in the creative sector. We encourage applications from first-time applicants to the program and graduates of equity-seeking communities including racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities / expressions. Applicants are welcome to advise the CEAD of any accommodations needed to ensure you have access to a fair and equitable process. 

Applicants who need assistance with their submissions are invited to connect with the RBC CEAD for Advising support from

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