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Field Study Q&A

Many of you may not know about the Field Study course at OCAD … Below is some information to help gain some knowledge and interest.

Q. What is a field study?

A. It is an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in your field of interest. If you enjoy food photography, opportunities to intern with a food photographers are available. Interest in fashion? Same thing! Galleries? You got it, same!

Q. How is this a course?

A. You can gain 0.5 or 1.0 credit(s) towards your degree.

Q. Who can apply?

A. Any 3rd or 4th year students with an average of 70 or above.

Q. How do I apply? 

A. You’ll write a 500 word (very short) typed proposal explaining how the field study will benefit and advance your studies at OCAD.  You will also need to ask a professor to be your sponsor through the program. You may ask a faculty member who has experience in the placement field (ex. fashion background). You will meet with the faculty occasionally to check in to see how the program is going and if you need help with anything, etc.

Q. Is there any homework?

A. You’ll write a short essay near the end of your field study to summarize your experience and what you’ve learned. Keep a little diary and you’ll be golden!

Q. Is it worth it?!

A. If you want your resume to improve, gain fantastic work experience, and meet lots of new people…then yes! (And possibly a job opportunity post-graduation)

Q. Should I apply?


Q. Who’s this coming from?

A.  A 4th year photo student who didn’t know about the Field Study course until this year. I was offered a photo internship at Toronto Life Magazine, which meant I had to receive school credit to participate. After some research, I found the field study program and quickly applied. I interned in the fall semester and now continue to work freelance for the magazine. This was a great opportunity that has led to a great resume and potential career.


For more information from the OCAD website, please click here. Keep an eye out for deadlines and opportunities!

1 Comment

  1. This is great Gabby! I’ll be directing our 2nd & 3rd year students to this post!

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