Introduction

Widely regarded as Canada’s leading institution for Illustration, OCAD University’s BDes Illustration program provides a contemporary, interdisciplinary studio-based education delivered by a faculty of award winning, practicing illustrators and scholars.

Its revolutionary fourth-year undergraduate thesis course, the work of which is featured on this site, is the culmination of a curriculum that encompasses editorial, book, institutional and advertising illustration; merchandise; graphic design; product and surface design; information graphics; decorative and packaging design; hand lettering; web site design; comics and graphic novels; concept art; animation; social commentary and activism; exhibition and installation; business practice and entrepreneurship.

Subsequently, illustrations from students graduating in the last three years alone have graced the pages of TIME, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review, Scientific American, Business Week, The Atlantic, Forbes Magazine, The Boston Globe, the Miami Herald, LA Weekly, Billboard, Oprah Magazine, Playboy, Mad Magazine, Out Magazine, Village Voice, Las Vegas Weekly, ESPN, Condé Nast Traveler, Time Out Chicago, The Walrus, and The Globe and Mail, and have represented clients such as Sony BMG, Warner Music Canada, BBDO, Nintendo, General Electric, Teknion, DC Comics, Penguin Publishing, Spin Master Toys, Ted Baker, and New York Fashion Week.

This year, students have already distinguished themselves with work on display in New York’s prestigious Museum of American Illustration, scholarships from the Society of Illustrators, and several awards from American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3×3, Creative Quarterly, Applied Arts, CMYK’S Top 100 Creatives, CAPIC (Canadian Association of Professional Image Makers) and the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

It is with great pride then that I introduce to you the next generation of talented illustrators, artists and thinkers. Their work here represents not only the successful completion of a robust education, but the start of an exciting future.

Paul Dallas
Chair, Illustration