OCAD U Photography Program

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Month: March 2015 (page 2 of 3)

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!

CONTACT 918- Call For Volunteers

In April and May of 2015, 918 Bathurst will be hosting their annual CONTACT Photography Festival open-call exhibition The Dark Room 4.0.
Photographers using analogue and alternatives to digital photographic processes are invited to submit their work. This includes film negatives, pinhole, collodion/wet plate, silver gelatin, platinum prints, camera obscura, lomography, photograms, or other experimental uses of the wet/dark room.
918 Bathurst values post secondary education in the arts. (I am a graduate of Sheridan College’s Craft and Design program as well as from OCAD University’s Criticism and Curatorial Practice program).  I would like to invite you to share our call for submissions as well as our call for volunteers with your students and colleagues.  A PDF with further information is attached.Please do not hesitate to contact me with any inquiries you may have.
Thank you and hope to see you at the public preview and reception of The Dark Room 4.0!
– Jess Butler
Gallery & Event Manager 
918 Bathurst – Centre for Culture, Arts, Media + Education 
918 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario M5R 3G5

Office Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10 am to 6 pm

The Power Plant – Sunday Scene



Please join Betty Julian as she responds to the current exhibition The Unfinished Conversation: Encoding/Decoding at the Power Plant for Sunday Scene.

*Free Admission 

About Sunday Scene:  Speakers from the world of art and beyond offer their responses to the current exhibitions. Whether focusing on a single work/artist or on multiple exhibitions, guest presenters draw provocative connections between our programs and broader cultural and intellectual debates.

When: Sunday March 29th at 2:00pm

Where: The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, 231 Queens Quay W., Toronto, On., M5J2G8

Sunday Scene Link:  http://thepowerplant.org/ProgramsEvents/Programs/Sunday-Scene/Betty-Julian.aspx

Exhibition Link:  http://www.thepowerplant.org/Exhibitions/2015/Winter-Spring/The-Unfinished-Conversation–Encoding-Decoding.aspx

Bio:  Betty Julian is a curator of contemporary art and professor at OCAD University in the Photography program. Since 2000, she has been a member of the curatorial council at Prefix ICA. Her multi-disciplinary critical and curatorial practice concentrates on the aesthetic, critical and cultural interrogation of still and moving images with emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives, ideologies of gender, human difference(s) and representation(s).

Tech Talk: Macro Troubles?

Have you ever wanted to try out macro photography but don’t have the resources to get your hands on one of those really pretty, really expensive lenses? There’s one simple little trick that will satisfy all of your macro needs and will cost you no money whatsoever.

It’s called the reverse lens technique and it works wonders! All that’s involved is your camera and a lens (around 50mm focal length works best).

Step 1) Take your lens off your camera body and switch to manual mode

Step 2) Flip your lens around so that the side that normally screws into the camera is facing outward

Step 3) Hold in place and move backwards or forwards to focus

That’s all there is to it! This results in really interesting shallow DOF (depth of field) images. You can even take video like this! For an in depth talk about the mechanics of the reverse lens technique, head over to Digital Photography School. They recommend using a special ring to attach your lens backwards, but you can simply hold it there instead.

If you’re especially interested in macro photography, The Photo Cage has some sweet lenses you can rent out.

Check out this flickr pool for some inspiration.

Happy Monday everyone!

Announcing the OCAD U Photo Program’s Epson Award


Thanks to the generosity of Epson Canada and our supportive local representative Andrew Patrick, OCAD U’s Photography Program is pleased to announce that Epson is donating an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 to a 4th year photo student.


  • Open to undergraduate Photography majors who have completed or are currently enrolled in the Photo Directed Studio or Thesis Stream.
  • Applicants must have a practice that incorporates digital output such as digital negatives or prints.
  • Open to students with diverse career goals.

Applications must be submitted before March 13th at 1:00 pm to Barbara Astman at bastman@faculty.ocadu.ca. In the subject line, note your name and Epson Award Application. Results will be announced in the last week of April.

Submissions: In a single pdf, include the following:

  • 3 to 5 examples of your strongest work that is created using a digital component (example: the final print may be digital or the work could be created using a digital negative). The selected images can be from a single series or diverse bodies of work.
  • Place only 1 image per page and under each visual, include:
    • Title, date of creation & scale
    • Medium: example: Epson Paper mounted on dibond
    • Additional details if needed: example: “This cyanotype was created using a digital negative.”
  • 250 words explaining why you want this Epson printer and how it will be an asset to your future career goals.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Long at jlong@faculty.ocadu.ca


Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

Sunday, March 8, 2015
12 – 1pm Wikipedia Tutorial
1 – 4pm Edit-A-Thon
E.P. Taylor Research Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

The Art Gallery of Ontario Library & Archives celebrates International Women’s Day by hosting a satellite event of the international Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon. This is a chance to put the AGO’s thousands of artist files and books to excellent use as reference material for building up Wikipedia content on wom*n artists – especially Canadian wom*n artists. Everyone is welcome and no Wikipedia editing experience is necessary – there will be tutorials and one-on-one coaching available. Come and take part, or just come have some snacks and cheer us on.  With special guests AGO Artists-in-Residence Deirdre Logue and Allyson Mitchell, Rosamond Ivey Special Collections Archivist Amy Furness, and more.

Please bring a laptop and create a Wikipedia account in advance.


Congratulations Johanna Householder!

Congratulations to Johanna Householder for her mention in the Metro Paper today!  Professor Householder is involved in a project that gives Female Canadian Artists more presence on Wikipedia.  This event takes place at the AGO in celebration of International Women’s Day.


Deadline Extension: AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize due Mar 9th


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