Grad Studies

  • U Alberta releases video series highlighting importance of proper citation, consequences of plagiarism.

By Bryan Alary on February 4, 2014


  • Writing and Learning Centre: Specialized ESL Support

As always, we offer ESL students assignment-focused one-on-one tutoring with a specialized ESL tutor if they request it. We also now offer three additional services and resources that aim to support non-native speakers in working on their language skills independently.

Get help with your courses and improve your English at the same time!

The Writing & Learning Centre offers free programming for all OCAD U students. If English is not your first language you can of course use any of our general services. But we also have some special services just for ESL students! Sign up for one of these services to work with our specialized ESL tutors, Rebecca Smollett and Emilie Brancato.

ESL tutoring

  • You are welcome to meet with any of our tutors for help with your coursework, but you can also ask to meet with one of our specialized ESL tutors, Emilie or Rebecca.
  • Talk about differences in writing style between Canada and your home country and learn more about what instructors expect at OCAD U
  • Brainstorm ideas for your assignments with your tutor and find ways together to express your ideas clearly in English
  • Work on revising your essays
  • Practice presentations for your studio classes

Book early and remember to bring your assignment sheet!

English language resource guide

We’ve selected some online resources specially for OCAD U ESL students. These are good quality, university-level materials to help you practice your English skills on your own.

  • Interesting lectures you can listen to online
  • Links to selected Art & Design magazines
  • Toronto news online
  • Graphic novels for easy reading

Keep checking back for new material!

ESL Mini-series

The ESL Mini-series is like a very short English course, but you meet one-on-one with an ESL tutor to work on your grammar or vocabulary skills. Emilie or Rebecca will meet with you for an introductory session. Then they will plan material just for you for three more sessions!

  • Identify your most common grammar errors and learn tricks to correct them on your own
  • Learn how to master new words in English and use them accurately
  • Get advice on the best paper and online dictionaries for English language learners
  • Make your own personal dictionary

You can book a Mini-series in addition to regular ESL tutoring. Be prepared to do a little “homework”!

English language study plan

Meet with an ESL tutor for one session to make a plan of ways to improve your English this year.  What are your challenges? Talk about strategies to:

  • Improve your understanding in lectures
  • Get more comfortable speaking in class
  • Build your vocabulary
  • Read more efficiently

Your tutor will talk with you about strategies you already use to work on your English and suggest some new ones!

To book an appointment for ESL tutoring, English language study plan or ESL Mini-series, contact:

Writing & Learning Centre

Room 1510, Level 5  @ 51 McCaul St

416-977-6000 ext.229

Let us know what you think! Do you have an idea for a new ESL service or resource? Let Rebecca know at



  • TiFF Higher Learning: William Uricchio on The Stories That Algorithms Tell

Wednesday, May 14, 11am–12:30pm

Post-secondary students and faculty are invited to a lecture given by American media scholar and MIT Professor, William Uricchio. The talk explores how programs – not people – author an increasing number of stories in our newspapers and documentaries, and the results offer some real surprises. Given that stories provide the building blocks of our memory, what might this mean for the future of culture history and its institutions?

Uricchio is Professor of Comparative Media Studies and Principle Investigator of the MIT Open Documentary Lab and the MIT Game Lab. His research interests include revisiting the histories of old media; algorithmic enablements of participatory cultural forms; the history and future of television;  cultural  identities  and  the  question  of  “Americanization”  in  the  20th  and  21st centuries. His publications include Reframing Culture (Princeton University Press, 1993); We Europeans?  Media,  Representations,  Identities (Intellect,  2008), Media  Cultures (Heidelberg 2006).

This lecture is co-presented by: the Graduate Program in Cinema and Media Studies; The Norman Jewison Lecture Series; and Sensorum, Centre for Digital Arts and Technology Research at York University. Higher Learning is supported by The Slaight Family Foundation Learning Fund.


Tickets are available for free on the morning of the event at the Steve and Rashmi Gupta Box Office (TIFF Bell Lightbox atrium, 350 King Street West. The event is open to the public. Members of the public who would like to attend are encouraged to email to reserve a free ticket.

University and college students

Students who wish to attend are encouraged to email in advance of the event to reserve a free ticket. Students must show a valid college or university ID when picking up tickets.

Faculty members and administrators

Faculty members and administrators can reserve blocks of tickets for their classes, 30 tickets per professor. Please send your request to  putting the name of the specific event in the subject heading. Faculty and administrators must show college or university faculty/staff cards for admittance.


  • Two-Day Grant Development Workshop at Ryerson University

Professional Grant Development Workshop Master the techniques of writing superior and winning proposals

To be held at:  Ryerson University Toronto, ON

May 29-30, 2014 @ 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Learn how to:

1. Navigate the world of grant procurement 2. Research and identify potential funding sources 3. Focus foundation and corporate giving for the province of Ontario 4. Write winning grants that stand out against scores of competing submissions

When you complete our workshop you should walk away with a product specific to your interests that includes, but not limited to, the grant design, abstract and budget.

Space is limited and fills up quickly Register Today

Workshop fee – $595

(including tuition, materials, certificate of completion, and continental breakfast) Rebate of $50 per person is given for two or more registrants from the same organization.

See details

Can’t make it??

Join us for an online webinar

For additional information please visit our website:

or call: 1-866-704-7268


  • Collage

Instructor: Tim Harney

Monday – Friday 9am – 4pm | June 16 – 20

Price: $795; $715 Early Bird rate (register before April 10); $975 for 1.5 credit* just $250 deposit due at time of registration; full payment by May 10

This course explores collage and the variety of materials which can be used to express ideas and emotions in visual form. The history of collage, as well as modernist and contemporary developments will be introduced and discussed. Each day will provide time for studio work, discussion and critique. The first part of the workshop week consists of directed involvements. Experimentation and interpretation will be encouraged. The latter part of the week will allow for more self-directed work.

Prerequisite: none required

**this course may be taken for 1.5 credits; additional fees, pre-requisites, and requirements apply. Please contact the Continuing Education Office first to confirm eligibility before registering for credit. Montserrat Students should register via campus cafe.

For questions, please contact the Continuing Education Office at 978.921.4242 x 1202 or email


  • Big Berks @ The AGO

Art & Ideas: Making Provocative Histories

Please join us Friday, May 23 for Big Berks @ The AGO, presented in partnership with the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians (“Big Berks”). Members of the Toronto arts community and Graduate Students are entitled to a special $100 registration fee for the entire conference, which includes the Big Berks @ the AGO day. Alternatively a $75 Day Rate is now available.

From May 22-25, Big Berks will be holding their 2014 conference Histories on the Edge/Histories sur la brèche in Toronto. Big Berks @ The AGO will be a day of panels, workshops and tours of the collections with Art Gallery of Ontario staff and others.

There will also be a public talk held at the AGO on the morning of May 23. Entitled Art & Ideas: Making Provocative Histories it will be a conversation between academics Elizabeth LaCouture and Sarah Amato, curator Deepali Dwan and artists Carole Condé and Karl Beveridge. The talk will chaired by Georgiana Uhlyarik, Associate Curator of Canadian Art at the AGO.

For more information on these events please visit the AGO’s website. We hope to see you then!

Cliodna Cussen

Curatorial Intern, Canadian Art

Art Gallery of Ontario

Now open! Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty – the AGO brings together two giants of 20th-century British art in a major exhibition of sculpture and paintings.


  • DemoCampUofT 2014: Apply to present, register to attend.

The Creative Destruction Lab is offering startups and researchers the opportunity to present and exhibit at DemoCampUofT 2014. It’s an excellent avenue to practice your pitch, shop your idea around for a little early market feedback, and make connections in the process.

Held on May 6th between 2 and 5pm in the Desautels Hall at the Rotman School of Management, the event also marks the opening of applications to the Lab’s third cohort of ventures.

Interested in pitching your startup on stage, or demoing during the exhibition?

Apply now:

Any questions?  Email

About the Creative Destruction Lab:

The Creative Destruction Lab is a venture lab for potentially massively scalable startups that focuses on driving the growth of its participants through milestone-driven programming. Ventures are paired with a member of the Lab’s G7, a group of serially successful Canadian entrepreneurs who’ve founded companies ranging from the likes of ATI technologies, to D-Wave Systems and Kik Messenger.

For more information about the Lab, please visit  For real-time updates, please visit Creative Destruction Lab on Facebook, Twitter, and subscribe to the Lab’s newsletter.


  • The International Digital Arts Biennial (BIAN)

Thrilled to present its second edition from May 1st to June 19th, 2014. The BIAN is a major exhibition featuring vernissages and special events, a program entirely dedicated to digital arts, and taking place in about 30 locations in Montreal. This is a unique event in its kind in North America, and most of the exhibitions are free.

The BIAN program includes, in addition to the works of international artists, several student projects. You can find more information about the artists, the schedule and the exhibitions locations on the BIAN’s website.


  • Montserrat’s summer immersive workshops!

From painting and fiber arts to comics and book arts, our diverse summer immersives are designed to allow participants time and instruction to explore new avenues of creative inquiry. We invite you to spend your summer devoted to your art in the unique environment that only a working art college can offer.

Week long, intensive courses run from June 16 through July 11. We also offer a weekend intensive, and one online course.

Please explore our courses, scholarship opportunities, and affordable accommodation using the tabs above.