Fall 2021 online courses now open for registration at OCAD U School of Continuing Studies

Register by August 18 and get $25 off your course fee.

Visit our website: ocadu.ca/continuingstudies

  • Abstract Painting Studio: Texture and Surface (starts Nov 2)
  • Accounting for Creative Professionals (starts Nov 8)
  • Feminist Art Workshop (starts Nov 1)
  • Interior Design Fundamentals (starts Nov 3)
  • Intro to Adobe InDesign (starts Sept 29)
  • Intro to Data Visualization (starts Oct 28)
  • Intro to Project Management for Creative Professionals (Sept 23)
  • Landscape Painting Studio (starts Sept 15)

Visit our website for a full list of online courses.

New courses this fall:
Intro to Designing Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applications (starts Sept 30)
Intro to Autodesk Fusion 360 (starts Oct 26)


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“I appreciate how the instructors developed such a wonderful camaraderie in our weekly class calls. This helped me network with new people and understand the course content in a deeper way.” – comment from the Empathy + Social Insight for Human-Centred Design Micro-Credential (starts Oct 4) course evaluation, 2021

Willow Dawson’s cover illustration (detail) for the book, Avis Dolphin

2021 Continuing Studies Teaching Award Recipient: Willow Dawson

The School of Continuing Studies Teaching Award honours outstanding instructors at OCAD U

Willow Dawson teaches Children’s Book Illustration Studio (starts Oct 20) at OCAD U School of Continuing Studies

“Willow Dawson exemplifies the true spirit of continuing studies. She is sensitive to the range of experiences and talents of each person. She is adaptable, well organized, and enriching in her selection of materials. There is a wonderful flow in her presentation style. Her enthusiasm and positive approach brings out the best in her students. She makes good use of the online teaching platforms, engaging students in real time and with discussion board chats. Willow goes the extra mile; her feedback is both nurturing and helpful. She is perceptive in assessing what each person’s individual needs are and responding accordingly.” – comment from the Children’s Book Illustration Studio course evaluation, 2021

Willow Dawson graduated in 2006 from OCAD U in the Illustration program. Her illustrations have been published in Canada, the US, the UK, Italy, China, and Germany. She has exhibited with Museum London and Library and Archives Canada. Willow has been the recipient of grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council, and The Toronto Arts Council. She has collaborated with award-winning authors such as, Miriam Toews, Mariko Tamaki, and Carol Shields. Her illustrations are conceptual and many-layered, using a combination of traditional and digital media techniques. Willow’s work is inspired by current issues, history, mythology, oral storytelling, symbolism, science fiction, science, and the natural world. She is particularly interested in the variety of ways humans struggle to make meaning out of the everyday. To learn more about Willow and to see her work visit willowdawson.com.