May 31

INTAC Turmoil Exhibition – Osaka, Japan – May 2017

INTAC held a very successful exhibition at the Osaka University of Arts in Japan during the month of May, Fifteen students and two faculty travelled to Japan to meet with counterparts from the participating countries. After a week of installation, opening, workshop and sightseeing activities, students broke off to travel on their own.

As Alanna Gilchrist wrote: “INTAC is special because it gives you the most out of a university class. Not only do you get the chance to network and collaborate with artists worldwide, you get the experience of having an exhibition, travelling and installing a show. All while building your portfolio and forming relationships that will continue to flourish outside of the classroom.”



Jun 10

INTAC 2013-14 Applications

International Collaboration Studio
Sept 2013-April 2014       1.0 credits

Now Accepting Applicants from all Programs
Deadline July 11 or until course is full – Approvals by mid-July
Apply in writing by e-mail  to:

Work on collaborative projects with students from universities around the globe in an informal, team-based environment with 10 OCAD U students, mentored by recent graduates. Work towards online presentations, book publications and international exhibitions. Travel in the summer term may be an option.

Our current collaborations feature students in Finland and South Korea, Germany and extend to India, UK and Brazil with the possibility to include new partners in the coming year. This past year’s work culminated with half of the OCAD students travelling to Finland in May for a week of exhibitions and the other half travelling to South Korea for our exhibition there.

Visit: to see past student’s activities


This hybrid studio course takes place over two semesters during which time students design and undertake collaborative projects with international partners. Directions identified by the group will vary from year to year, but address the ongoing goals of engaging global issues and communicating across cultures. Projects will be developed as online presentations/actions utilizing a variety of media although photographic, time-based and/or online formats are a primary focus. The course structure consists of a flexible meeting schedule, which includes group discussions, video conferencing sessions with partner schools (often very early in the morning) and considerable independent online communication. The scheduled course timeslot will be used in various ways and not every week.


This course is open to students in years 3 and 4 and credit will be granted at the student’s year level. Acceptance to this course is limited and will be by prior written application. Students must be highly motivated and able to work well in an environment where activity is self-initiated and online communication is at the core of the process. With approval, this course may be repeated for credit.

You must be self-motivated and able to work well in a less-structured context where you will be responsible for much of your work time on your own. You should be willing to take the lead in building new relationships, sharing ideas and communicating online. Comfort and proficiency with working in online environments is a definite plus. Of key importance will be your commitment to exploring global perspectives


Using group meetings, video conferencing and the online learning management system, as well as more public and popular social networking tools, students will communicate and develop projects under the guidance of the instructors at each school. Scheduling will be flexible, responsive to the needs of the activities while much of the work will be done on the students’ individual time with their partners using various platforms: Skype, FaceBook, E-mail, Tumblr Blogs, OCAD’s CANVAS system and other ones we find. Specific joint activities and projects will be articulated each year, based on specific partnerships and opportunities. There will be both short-term projects and those which develop over the 8 months of the course.


Application Process

Deadline for Approval by the Faculty of Art Office is mid-July,
 so prepare your application NOW.  Applications will be reviewed and students accepted until the positions are filled. If accepted, you will be given an override so that you can complete the normal online registration for the course.

Note: It is highly recommended that you also register for a full load of courses during the registration period as all applicants will not be selected for this program. Once registered you can drop 2 studio courses.

This 1.0 credit will be equivalent to 1.0 Studio Option credit in Photography or as an elective in your major program. It can be approved as a Program Studio Option outside of Photography with special permission of your Chair. APPLY by e-mail to

Please provide: Name, Student Number, Program/Major, Year Level, Total number of Accumulated Credits (at least 10), Overall Average, home phone, mobile phone, e-mail address you will respond to over the summer.

Write a 500 word Statement of Intent including why you are interested in and an excellent candidate for:

–           international collaboration
–           team-based project development
–           socially-engaged art practices
–           online learning and communication environments
–           photographic, time-based and/or online formats

Describe the primary media you are thinking of working in and how you would see collaborating with a group that is in different parts of the world. Describe any previous international experiences: living, travel, programs, languages, etc.

Discuss how this experience will fit your educational goals.