Upcoming Grad Shows

Unprecedented Displays of Imagination

March 29, 2021

Upcoming Grad Shows

Kristi Calderon, IMAGINATION, Photography - Single, 2019 Student Awards winner. 

Like most everything these days, the traditional end-of-year grad show has had to adapt to the strictures of being socially responsible. Who better to lead the way in the innovative presentation of creative work than the individuals who represent our creative future? Based on the innovative work and innovative presentation of the grad shows below, we think that future is very bright.


Date: Apr. 7, 2021 – May. 27, 2021

Time: 12:00 a.m.

Join us in celebration of the 2021 graduates of Canada’s largest art school. Take a look at programs within the Faculty of Animation, Art & Design who are showcasing the talented work that the graduating classes have been producing throughout the last school year. See the list below to learn more about the programs and events.

Georgian College Graphic Design Graduates Show 2021

You’re invited to the virtual exhibit of our 2021 Georgian College Design and Digital Arts Grad Show; an opportunity to view the work of this year's graduating class of Graphic Design students.

While this year's graduates are disappointed that they will not be able to meet you in person, they would still love to hear your feedback on their work.

Please visit the 2021 Georgian College Design and Digital Arts Grad Show Virtual Exhibit between April 26th and May 14th, 2021.

We hope to see you again next year in person.

Liminal: MacEwan University Design Portfolio Show 2021 

Our annual portfolio show is the opportunity to introduce this year’s graduating class to the Edmonton design community.

Due to COVID-19, the show will be held virtually via Hopin on Thursday, April 29, 4:30–6:00PM We’ve tailored the event to ensure you can meet with students one-on-one. It will start with a short 20-minute speed-pairing format where you will be randomly paired with students for 3 minutes at a time. Then you will have an hour to visit the students' virtual booths and speak to them one-on-one about their portfolio.

Space is limited so register soon: https://hopin.com/events/macewan-university-portfolio-show

Prior to the virtual event, we invite you to see the graduates and their work on the portfolio show website: https://macewandesign.com/

You can also follow social media posts leading up to the event on both Facebook and Instagram.

Seneca Illustration Grad Show 2021.1

Virtual show launches Wed. April 28th. Live reception on Thurs. April 29th, 7PM!

Seneca’s Illustration diploma is pleased to present its 19th Graduate Exhibit in virtual form for all to view. Over the past two years, the students have honed their skills in conceptual thinking, problem-solving and entrepreneurship in order to prepare for this exciting show. Together they present work in a range of specializations including comics, children’s books, concept art, editorial and advertising illustration. This program has equipped each student with the capacity to succeed in today’s quick-paced illustration sectors with proficiency in the elements and principles of design, and critical and creative thinking.

YSDN GradEx 2021

On April 20 and 21, the inspiring work of 112 graduates in the York University/Sheridan College Program in Design will be exhibited through an online graduation experience.
This year's theme “Therefore”, meaning “for that reason” or “because of that”, reflects the end of the time as YSDN student for the 2021 graduates. ? they invite you to embrace and explore their individuality, connect and celebrate their journey!
The event will take place over two days, and will be filled with engaging  workshops, insightful discussions from innovative speakers, and riveting project presentations from students. Topics will cover the varying landscape of opportunities post-graduation for designers and will specifically address intersections in entrepreneurship and socio-cultural commentary. 

For more information, click here

Vancouver Film School - Online Animation Showcase

Tuesday, April 13
6:00 to 10:00 PM ET (3:00 to 7:00 PM PT)

Vancouver Film School invites you to join them for an exciting opportunity to network with the talented graduates of their School of Animation.
This showcase will feature work from Vancouver Film School's Animation Concept Art, Classical Animation and 3D Animation & Visual Effects students, connecting emerging talent directly with the industry. The Online Animation Showcase will allow you to:
  • Network with up to 200 new graduates.
  • Watch dozens of student projects.
  • Attend an alumni round table discussion.
  • Watch live portfolio reviews.
If you are looking to recruit animators or just want to watch some cool projects, join them at the Online Animation Showcase!

Register now to reserve your spot!




Seneca Coalesce 2021 | Metamorphosis: A New Light

Mon, May 17, 2021
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM EDT

Live streamed from two locations and featuring the works of hundreds of new graduates, Seneca Coalesce reinvents the online graduate showcase as an entertaining, visually stunning, and interactive experience.

Seneca Coalesce is the annual gallery showcase of new works produced by this year's graduates in interactive media, illustration, music, photography, graphic design, art fundamentals, acting, documentary filmmaking, animation, gaming, and visual effects.

Featuring live performances of Seneca's music students from the state-of-the-art stages at the El Mocambo, and dynamic projection mapping of student designs at Seneca's new CITE building, this year's event is a four-hour live streamed extravaganza with interactive virtual lounge spaces for attendees to mingle, check out the latest student work, and watch a variety of films and other content.

Highlights of this year’s show:

  • The premiere of four new short animated films
  • Live performances throughout the evening by Seneca music students
  • Live project mapping of student work designed by award-winning AVA in Motion Studio
  • Fun interactive spaces to mingle and see student work using Gather.Town
  • Live photo mosaic generation from selfies and student work
  • Surprise appearances by Seneca alumni
  • Live stream hosting by Seneca's Journalism students

Photograph by Theodora Mitrakos | Illustration by Kristin Da Silva

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Cambrian College Graphic Design Grad Show: Depth of Design

A virtual exhibition from the Cambrian College Graphic Design Grads of 2021, highlighting student work and showcasing the link created between the process and final design.

Check out our website to register in advance for the virtual event on April 22, 2021, at 6:00 pm.

Social Links: Instagram and Facebook 

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George Brown School of Design Virtual Year End Show

Join us May 3–7, as we commemorate an unforgettable year through five days of virtual design-focused programming! In addition to student-led panels and design sessions, we'll feature some incredible speakers who have made a monumental impact on design, both locally and globally.

Centennial College’s Fine Arts Program ESC Virtual Exhibition

Please join us on Opening Night, April 1st at 7pm(Eastern Standard Time) for an interactive YouTube Live celebration of the ESC artists’ year-end exhibition. 

We look forward to sharing this moment with our friends, family, and art appreciators. Check out our Instagram, YouTube and Website.

Ryerson, FCAD: Creative Industries Showcase 2021

This year, we've partnered with BrandLive to bring you the most accessible & reliable options to best highlight Creative Industries students and their creative work. This event will be jam-packed with performances, original art viewing, and special guest speakers.

We invite all Creative Industries students, alumni, faculty, family & friends to join us and enjoy the work of Creative Industries students and alumni.

This year we will be donating 25% of all ticket sales to Fred Victor, external link, an organization with the goal of ending homelessness in Toronto. Ticket holders will also have the option to donate what they can during the event, or alternatively purchase a most-needed item (socks, soap, toques, etc.) to be distributed by the organization. The event takes place on March 31 from 6-9pm.

Capilano University, IDEA School of Design - The Most Unprecedented Grad Class 

This year's grad show theme is The Most Unprecedented Grad Class, but unprecedented only tells part of their story. As they enter their field, the class of 2021 has also prepared for success in an unprecedented manner by taking on the logistical and artistic challenges of facing a global pandemic with openness, willingness, and collaborative thinking—all qualities that will set them apart.  

The site will have a special contact feature titled “Let's Chat”, whereby interested industry folks can arrange a virtual meet-up between March 25 and April 16.

Have a grad event coming up? Email us at: editorial@appliedartsmag.com