April 15, 2008
by Canadian Architect
The Toronto-based Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) and Goldsmiths, University of London (Goldsmiths), announced that they will establish a cross-Atlantic partnership to allow students and faculty from both universities to collaborate on a wide range of academic and research initiatives in art and design.
The collaboration will span educational, creative and research activities, including exchange programs for faculty, students and staff. It will also recognize the importance of ongoing dialogues, consultation and co-operative efforts in devising programs for the benefit of both institutions.
“OCAD is an innovative university that is shaping new agendas for the creative industries and cultural sector in Canada in very much the same way that Goldsmiths is in the UK,” said Professor Geoffrey Crossick, Warden of Goldsmiths. “We have a great deal in common above all a commitment to exploring cutting-edge, cross-disciplinary research and teaching, and a belief that collaborative working brings exciting new perspectives. I look forward to the flourishing of this new relationship.”
“OCAD and Goldsmiths are a natural fit to work closely on providing innovative and imaginative education and research opportunities to students and faculty on both sides of the Atlantic,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “This is a chance for two leading universities to explore, enhance and engage in new ways of teaching, learning and researching art and design.”
In a statement of intent, Goldsmiths and OCAD have agreed to focus their joint efforts in the fields of art, design, new media, art-design interface, and historical/theoretical perspectives. Collaborative activities will include: exchange opportunities for faculty, students and staff to undertake research or other sabbatical work; co-hosting a conference on practice-based research in the arts, which will include analyses from the UK, Australia, the European Union, and North America; and co-published research and publications, particularly in the areas of new media, strategic creativity in design and documentary media.
OCAD faculty and students will also work with Goldsmiths’ Incubator for Critical Inquiry into Technology and Ethnography (INCITE) to study how products are designed and used, and the ways in which artists understand creativity.
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
Part of the internationally respected University of London, Goldsmiths (www.goldsmiths.ac.uk) currently has over 8,000 students from around the world and offers a broad range of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing and professional development courses. Goldsmiths has a reputation for innovative, interdisciplinary and challenging approaches to all its subjects; a particular strength in the creative and cultural dimensions of the arts, humanities and social sciences. By daring to be different, Goldsmiths offers not just a rigorous intellectual training, but a transformative experience of self-discovery.