Events

May
24
Fri
Book a Tour
May 24 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 23 @ 12:01 pm

Come and tour our state-of-the-art facilities and learn more about why we attract top students from all over the world. The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) tour takes 45 minutes to one hour, and is guided by a current student.

The tours will be departing from the Student Information Centre, located on the first floor of the Joan & Martin Goldfarb Centre.

Click here to visit the tour page to select the the program and dates you are interested in.

 

Aug
27
Tue
Tours return End of September!
Aug 27 @ 12:00 pm – Sep 18 @ 12:01 pm
Sep
27
Fri
Meet AMPD at the Ontario Universities Fair
Sep 27 – Sep 29 all-day

Free and open to the public, the Ontario University Fair is the only event where you can interact with all 21 universities in Ontario in one place. Come meet York AMPD professors, students and admissions representatives. We can answer your questions about programs, admission requirements, student life and much more.

Visit the OUF website to register in advance for an OUF Passport!

September 27 to 29, 2019

10 am to 5 pm daily

Nov
2
Sat
Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto
Nov 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you considering post-secondary studies in Design or Visual Art?

Visit our booth at National Portfolio Day!

Bring a portfolio of your best work and get one-on-one feedback from our faculty members.

Featured programs:

York University Visual Art – Studio Art – BFA

York Program in Design – BDes

Our professors are professional artists and designers who practice and exhibit their work internationally. They’ll be on hand to review your work and give you useful tips on perfecting your portfolio.

Exceptional portfolios will be awarded certificates exempting you from our Portfolio Questionnaire process.

You’re welcome to drop in anytime during the session. Doors open at 11:45 am.

Pre-registration is not required, and admission is free.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your work!

 

 

Nov
16
Sat
AMPD at York U Fall Campus Day
Nov 16 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Are you thinking about pursuing post-secondary studies in the visual, performing, digital or media arts?

Join us at Fall Campus Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study Cinema & Media Arts, Computational Arts – Digital Media, Dance, Design, Music, Theatre and Visual Art & Art History.

Professors, staff and some of the outstanding students currently in our programs will be on hand to share information and answer your questions. You’ll come away feeling knowledgeable, welcomed and more confident about choosing your educational path.

[caption id="attachment_101903" align="alignnone" width="642"]Six student ambassadors pose around a table labeled "school of the arts, media, performance & design" Come see us on Fall Campus Day![/caption]

Information sessions for the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design will be held in the Accolade West Building at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. Tours of our studios, labs, performance and exhibition facilities are offered at 11:30 am and 2 pm.

Our Visual Art and Design programs are also offering portfolio reviews on a drop-in basis from 12:00 to 2:30 pm. Bring a portfolio of your best work for a friendly, no-strings-attached, one-on-one consultation with one of our visual art or design professors.

General campus tours and info sessions about York’s student services, admissions, financial support, residence and campus life will also be available.

For more information, maps and directions, and the full agenda for the day, visit futurestudents.yorku.ca/fallcampusday.

Admission is free, and family and friends are welcome.

While registration is not required, it is an option. Registering gives you the chance to create a customized schedule for yourself for the day, combining activities in AMPD with York-wide info sessions and tours. Look for the Register  Now box on York’s Fall Campus Day website.

We look forward to meeting you!

Feb
4
Tue
Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication Symposium
Feb 4 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
The Disruptive Design and Digital Fabrication exhibition explores the relationship between digital fabrication processes and social design that increasingly revolve around prototyping and iterative testing.  Digital tools are today ubiquitous in academic and community settings, yet engaging with these goes beyond any particular technologically enhanced capacity.  In what Katherine Hayles calls a ‘Regime of Computation’, works today increasingly involve a co-evolution of life and mind, individual and society.  The ‘disruptive’ technologies that will be introduced reflect on the infrastructural machinic processes that are pervasive in digital culture today, and reveal biases and stereotypes in their design through alternative networking of edge sensing, assistive technologies, Google Homes, wikiLeaks, artscience visualizations and more. 
 
Through the symposium, we hope to create an opportunity for artists and theorists to engage in a discussion of critical making, accountability and experiential learning through their works and research projects.  The exhibition provides an experiential context to their works and for visitors to gain experience into their working processes.  

Panel 1 – Between Disruption and Inclusion: an Internet of Difference
Jutta Treviranus , Garnet Hertz, Evan Light, Robert Twomey
Discussant: Lorena Salome

Panel 2 – Assistive and Sustainable Design

Deborah Fels, Shital Desai, Lauren Sergio and Joel Ong
Discussant: TBC

 

Mar
5
Thu
2020 Wendy Michener Lecture: Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)
Mar 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

The Wendy Michener Memorial Lecture presents Wafaa Bilal (Performing Change)

Wafaa Bilal will discuss specific bodies of work including Domestic Tension (aka Shoot an Iraqi), The Things I Could Tell…, and his most recent project 168:01, elaborating on the evolution of his work and reflecting on his personal experiences living in both the conflict zone of Iraq and the comfort zone of the United States. Bilal’s work explores both the trauma of conflicts and post-conflict relationships through social engagement.

His dynamic, participatory work blends technology and performance to engage viewers in dialogue and places him in the role of the artist as platform initiator, helping to shift and change the distribution channels in the media. The controversial aspects of his work spark deeper conversation and provoke passive viewers to take an active stance with regard to social justice and their own personal/political realities

Location: Tribute Communities Recital Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00pm
Admission is free; all welcome.

The Wendy Michener Lecture, named in commemoration of the Canadian arts critic and journalist, was established at York University in 1986 to provide a forum for discussion of vital issues and developments in culture and the arts.

Mar
11
Wed
Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction
Mar 11 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

 

Belly Dance as Mindful Movement for Stress Reduction

This movement-based workshop utilizes belly dance vocabulary designed for self-soothing. Learn movements that support the reduction of stress and anxiety symptoms. Participants will leave with applications on how stress responses can be experiences on a spectrum from hyper-arousal (feelings of overstimulation) to hypo-arousal (feelings associated with low-energy or burnout). Belly dance used as mindfulness offers gentle wavey movement designed to down-regulate physical stress responses. This workshop also combines more energizing vocabulary through shimmying and shaking as well as core engagement to support up-regulation of the nervous system, based on internal rhythm and percussion.

 

About the Facilitator :

Shaila is completing her Masters in Dance at York University. She concurrently training as a Dance Movement Therapist through the National Centre for Dance Therapy in Montreal. Her work focuses on belly dance practices that use sensuality as a healing tool within dance interventions. Her movement offerings look at building resiliency, decoupling stress responses and promoting body positivity. Shaila provides a unique framework that maps belly dance vocabulary for nervous-system regulation. Shaila has been an active member of the Toronto belly dancing community for over a decade, both as a performer and instructor. She currently works as a Health Educator and Training Specialist and enjoys offering students training on mental health and well-being.

 

Oct
3
Sat
Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto (October 24, 2020)
Oct 3 – Nov 21 all-day

Future Students: AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto

Are you considering post-secondary studies in Design or Visual Art? Visit our virtual booth at National Portfolio Day in Toronto.

Please have a portfolio of your best work ready to receive one-on-one feedback from our faculty members.

Featured programs:
York University Visual Art – Studio Art – BFA
York Program in Design – BDes

Our professors are professional artists and designers who practice and exhibit their work internationally. They’ll be on hand to review your work and give you useful tips on perfecting your portfolio.

We look forward to meeting you and seeing your work!
Admission is free.

AMPD at National Portfolio Day Toronto
DATE: Saturday, October 24, 2020
TIME: 12-4pm (EST)
REGISTER NOW

For more information please visit https://nationalportfolioday.org/

AMPD Visual Art – Studio Art will also be present at the following dates/times:
Minneapolis: October 3, 2020 (10 AM -2 PM MST)
Boston: October 4, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Chicago: October 18, 2020 (11 AM – 3 PM EST)
Toronto/ New York/ Philadelphia: October 24, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Washington: November 1, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
West Michigan/ Grand Rapids: November 8, 2020- (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Vancouver: November 15, 2020 – (9 AM – 1 PM PST)
Cincinnati: November 21, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)

AMPD Design will also be present at the following dates/times:
Boston: October 4, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Chicago: October 18, 2020 (11 AM – 3 PM EST)
Toronto/ New York/ Philadelphia: October 24, 2020 (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Washington: November 1, 2020 – (12 PM – 4 PM EST)
Vancouver/ Seattle: November 15, 2020 – (9 AM – 1 PM PST)

 

 

Oct
5
Mon
Department of Design Information Week
Oct 5 – Oct 9 all-day

Department of Design Information Week
October 5 – 9, 2020

Throughout the week, we will be posting about the Design program. This is your opportunity to peer into our spaces, see what our current students are working on, discover the experiential education we offer at York University, and learn what our alumni are up to today. Please register for our Webinar, and follow us @YorkuAMPD on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Design: Webinar
Date: Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Department of Design professors David Cabianca and Gabi Schaffzin spoke about what makes Design at York the top destination to study design in Canada. They offer an overview of the program with examples of student work that demonstrate the hands-on learning and professional skills that make our graduates highly employable. Watch now, and you’ll come away feeling knowledgeable and more confident about choosing your educational pathway in design.

https://youtu.be/vjRUYJWui38

Design: Students Only!
Date: Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 4:30 – 5:15 pm
Instagram Live

Join us for and Instagram Live Event hosted by current Design students. This is a fantastic opportunity to engage directly with our students, ask questions, and receive their unfiltered perspective of York University. Highly recommended!

 

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Nov
8
Sun
Virtual Open House – Design at York
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Virtual Open House – Design at York you will learn what it takes to create a successful portfolio with one-on-one feedback from our expert design educators. You might have questions like:

  • What work should I include in my portfolio?
  • What is the York BDes looking for in a portfolio?
  • How will my portfolio be evaluated?
  • Is the process for the portfolio review different this year?
  • What else is involved in the York BDes application?

You will have an opportunity to meet with our professors one-to-one and discuss your portfolio. Enjoy a virtual tour of our facilities and chat with current design students to find out why York University’s Bachelor of Design Honours degree has set the bar for design education in Canada.

REGISTER and don’t miss Design at York’s Virtual Open House.
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Nov
12
Thu
Systems Thinking & Creative Strategy with Douglas Davis
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Design at York presents a public talk with Brooklyn-based designer, educator and author Douglas Davis. REGISTER and come join us. All are welcome!

Douglas’s expertise spans advertising, design, and business education and has found an international audience by presenting his tools on combining the three to produce more effective creative business solutions.

He is a former co-chair of AIGA’s National Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce and regularly contributes to the business of design discourse in Printmag.com, Applied Arts, and The European Business Review.

In 2011 Douglas founded The Davis Group LLC and continues to offer strategic solutions to client branding, digital, and design problems. In addition to client work, Douglas leverages his professional experience to inspire high school, undergraduate, and graduate students.

In 2016, Douglas wrote his first book Creative Strategy and the Business of Design, a title currently being translated by Beijing Normal University.

 

 

Nov
21
Sat
Virtual Fall Campus Day
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us at Virtual Fall Campus Day! It’s an excellent opportunity to find out about our programs and what makes York University a great place to study Cinema & Media ArtsComputational Arts – Digital MediaDanceDesignMusicTheatre and Visual Art & Art History.  We will be available to chat with you about our programs, admissions information and student life!

DATE: Saturday, November 21, 2020
TIME: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
REGISTER HERE

We will also have the following webinars from 12:30pm-1:30pm:

Visual Art & Art History: Portfolio Workshop and Q&A Session
Professor Brandon Vickerd will provide a brief overview of our BFA Honours program, details about the application process, including guidance on how to compose a winning portfolio. The presentation will be followed by a question period.

Theatre: It’s All About Connection: Audition Technique Workshop
Connect with the material, with your audience, and with the moment.
In this audition workshop, we’ll explore movement, voice, script and character analysis, as well as exercises that can be effective for your warm-up and daily practice. With attention to choosing a monologue, preparation techniques, and strategies for ‘audition day’, we’ll examine how you can connect deeply with the material to ensure you are present and authentic on the big day, and engage in thoughtful reflection afterwards.

While registration is not required, it is an option. Registering gives you the chance to create a customized schedule for yourself for the day, combining activities in AMPD with York-wide info sessions and tours. Register on York’s Fall Campus Day website. We look forward to speaking with you!

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Jan
8
Fri
Designing for Sovereign Nations – Workshop and Public Talk with Sadie Red Wing
Jan 8 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Designing for Sovereign Nations – Workshop and Public Talk with Sadie Red Wing

Headshot of Sadie Red Wing.

Public Talk – Designing for Sovereign Nations
Jan 8; 3:30 – 5pm EST 

[Zoom and Youtube Live]

Sadie Red Wing (sadieredwing.com) is a Lakota graphic designer and advocate from the Spirit Lake Nation of Fort Totten, North Dakota. Red Wing earned her BFA in New Media Arts and Interactive Design at the Institute of American Indian Arts. She received her Master of Graphic Design from North Carolina State University. Her research on cultural revitalization through design tools and strategies created a new demand for tribal competence in graphic design research. Red Wing urges Native American graphic designers to express visual sovereignty in their design work, as well as, encourages academia to include an indigenous perspective in design curriculum. Currently, Red Wing serves as a Student Success Coach for American Indian College Fund (Denver, CO) where she specializes in student retention and resource building for the Native American demographic in higher education spaces.

Workshop – [Jan 8 ; 2 – 3 pm EST] [Zoom]
Participants to the workshop can opt to receive a physical package by post (the Anti-Anxiety Delivery Service), which will include a set of instructions that will direct ways in which you can re-think physical space and engage the senses commonly detached in digital realms.  During the workshop we will be discussing these experiences through the lens of indigenous material culture and visual sovereignty.
[All package contents will be sanitized and handled with gloves prior to delivery]

To RSVP please email sensinfo@yorku.ca

This event is part of the Regeneration: All Our Relations series organized through Sensorium: The Centre for Digital Art and Technology and is co-organized by the Department of Design.  

Jan
21
Thu
How Artifacts Afford with Jenny L. Davis, PhD
Jan 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brought to you by the Department of Design, the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

REGISTER HERE

Technologies are intrinsically social. They reflect human values and affect human behaviour. The social dynamics of technology materialize through design features that shape how a technology functions and to what effect. The shaping effects of technology are represented in scholarly fields by the concept of “affordances.”

Affordances are the ways design features enable and constrain user engagement and social action. This has been a central construct for designers and technology theorists since foundational statements on the topic from JJ Gibson and Don Norman in the 1970s and 80s. With the rise of digitization and widespread automation, “affordance” has entered common parlance and resurged within academic discourse and debate.

Davis provides a conceptual update on affordance theory along with a cogent scaffold that shifts the orienting question from what technologies afford, to how technologies afford, for whom, and under what circumstances?

“How Artifacts Afford” introduces the mechanisms and conditions framework of affordances in which technologies request, demand, encourage, discourage, refuse, and allow social action, varying across subjects and circumstances. Underlying thesemechanisms and conditions framework is a sharp focus on the politics and power encoded in sociotechnical systems.

In this timely theoretical reboot, Davis brings clarity to the affordance concept, situates the concept within a broader history of technology studies, and demonstrates how the mechanisms and conditions framework can serve as a transferrable tool of inquiry, critique, and (re)design.

Jenny L. Davis is a sociologist at the Australian National University. She works at the intersection of social psychology and technology studies. She is the author of How Artifacts Afford: The Power and Politics of Everyday Things (MIT Press 2020). Jenny is Co-Director of the Role-Taking Project, Director of the Pause Project, Chief Investigator on the Humanising Machine Intelligence team, serves on the board for Theorizing the Web, co-edits the Cyborgology blog, and serves as Chair-Elect for the Communication, Information, Technologies and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS).