OCAD U offers work- and community-integrated learning opportunities in a number of exciting ways. Field Placements and Independent Studies can supplement your learning, help you to develop professional skills and expand your network, all while working towards completing your undergraduate credits!

 What is a Field Placement? 

  • Field Studies provides 3rd and 4th year students with opportunities to gain experience in the professional worlds of art and design in order to complement their studio and academic studies.
  • On-site work is performed under the guidance of the Field Placement sponsor, and the Field Placement credit is supervised and evaluated by an OCAD U Teaching Faculty.

Placement Policy:

  • Students are prohibited from receiving any wage or salary from their sponsor for the duration of the Field Placement.
  • Students may not participate in a Field Placement assignment with a current former employer.

 Finding a Placement:

Each student has individual strengths and interests that would enable him or her to perform jobs outside of the defined program areas. For example, students have held positions at galleries such as Gallery 44 and Prefix Gallery, various Magazines such as Flare, and worked individually with professional artists.

Students who have difficulty finding an appropriate internship placement should contact The Experiential Learning Program, or Associate Chair of Cross-Disciplinary Art Practices, Jennifer Long.

Application Process:

  • Completed Student Field Placement Application Form
  • Students are expected to meet with a) Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning; b) Supervising Faculty Member; c) Program Chair to discuss the Field Placement and their learning goals for the project.
  • The project must receive overall approval by the Chair of the student’s program.
  • Once the project has been approved, your sponsor must complete the Sponsor Profile Form.

Please note: The Experiential Learning Placement Program has eliminated the step of submitting a project proposal**

  Field Placement Credits:

  • Fourth-year students may complete a 0.5 credit or 1.0 credit value course and must indicate which they are applying for on their application form.
  • Third-year students are only eligible to complete a 0.5 credit value course.
  • Total Hours Expected:
    0.5 credit = 80 – 120 hours
    1.0 credit = 160 – 240 hours 


**Specific dates may be updated** Please check online at http://www.ocadu.ca/academics/field-study.htm for updates or contact the Office of the Registrar (ext. 235), or Experiential Learning Program Coordinator (ext.3844)


2016 Fall semester: July 17, 2016

2016 Winter semester: November 6, 2016

2016 Summer semester: April 1, 2016

 Course Supervision & Evaluation:

  • Your Field Placement Sponsor will be required to submit mid-point and final assessments to the supervising teaching faculty using the Sponsor Assessment Form.
  • The supervising teaching faculty will meet with you to monitor progress of the project throughout the term (scheduling is as determined by your teaching faculty)
  • The final grade assigned by the supervising teaching faculty reflects an evaluation of the final written assessments of both the sponsor and the student, the student’s updated resumé, a 500-word essay, and any other supporting documentation such as journals, reports, photos, videos, sketchbooks and research papers.

***For more information or to apply for a Field Placement or Independent Student, you can contact the OCAD U’s Experiential Learning Program Coordinator:



416 977 6000 x3844 slee@ocadu.ca