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The Career Launchers program by OCAD U's RBC Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (RBC CEAD) are unique, high-profile opportunities designed to support 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, Career Launchers deliver unique, high-profile opportunities created exclusively for OCAD U students and new alumni. Career Launchers are tailored to the professional goals and needs of our students and graduates. The opportunities provide deeper exposure to real-world demands and skills associated with advancing a professional creative career through three streams:

  • Creative Opportunities: Funding for emerging artists and designers to offset material and production costs associated with pursuing ambitious creative initiatives, and creative opportunities to showcase their work.
  • Recruited Opportunities: Job opportunities within arts, culture, media, heritage organizations, and creative industries facilitated and supported by the CEAD.
  • Studio & Equipment Opportunities: Access to facilities, funding for materials and community to support the continued development of creative skills and networks.

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.


Shellie Zhang
Special Projects Coordinator

The RBC CEAD Online


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

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