Sneak peek: Experiential Learning Centre

Experiential Learning Centre under construction

How is it September already?! It feels like just yesterday we celebrated the graduation of the class of 2018!

Here we are, however, in a hot and steamy early September and about to welcome our newest students — the class of 2022 — with O-Days. We have been super busy this summer developing new space and programming as part of the Creative City Campus project. This piece of the project, the Experiential Learning Centre, will come online in the north campus later this month. A couple of weeks ago my colleague Sarah Mulholland, Manager of Student Communications & Campus Community and I got a chance to take an early look at the new Experiential Learning Centre, coming to the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion at 115 McCaul Street.

The Experiential Learning Centre will become the new home of the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, which has expanded its programming and increased opportunities to help students and recent graduates find their footing in the world of work. Their programming includes internships, Career Launchers and career fairs, mentorship and networking opportunities. The new space will include presentation areas and workspace for students and recent grads, as well as space for visiting artists, designers and entrepreneurs to work and meet with students.

Two floors of the new Experiential Learning Centre are dedicated to the thesis/capstone needs of students in four programs: Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Advertising and Integrated Media/Expanded Animation. Students in these programs have similar needs and the space has been designed collaboratively with students who have recently graduated from these programs as well as students who are about to go into these programs. Some of these programs have never had dedicated thesis or capstone space, and others have had it in a different configuration in the past. This collaborative space will feature bookable rooms for installations and critiques, a light fabrication/maker space, and a dedicated photo documentation room, as well as a significant amount of storage/locker space, and configurable furniture that will allow students to work collaboratively or individually, as needed.

The space configuration of the Experiential Learning Centre is an exciting new approach to thesis/capstone space design, developed collaboratively with input from both faculty and students, and we’re looking forward to hearing about how it’s working for everyone.

Stay tuned for updates on the official opening!