Thanks for visiting the 2016 Creative Futures Expo!

On November 8 and 9, Applied Arts hosted record numbers at the seventh annual Creative Futures Expo, a school fair and career information event, at Toronto Centre for the Arts. Attendance grew more than 200 per cent to 2,600+ attendees from nearly 70 high schools across the Greater Toronto Area. 

At the Expo, high school students visited 23 exhibitor booths with representatives from leading universities, colleges and vocational schools with programs in the creative arts and visual communications.

“This was our biggest and best Expo yet,” says Rosetta Heckhausen, publisher of Applied Arts. “Every year we are actively growing both our exhibitor and attendee bases, all with a single goal—to ensure high schoolers who are making important post-secondary education decisions are equipped with the most up-to-date, relevant information about the growing creative industry sector in Canada and abroad.”

Photo by Natalie Heckhausen

Expo visitors sat in on one of four speaker sessions featuring young professionals in the advertising, design and image-making industries, moderated by prominent mentors in visual communications. Speakers (including Shauna Roe, copywriter at Leo Burnett Canada, Andrew Passas, associate design director at john st., and Nneka Myers, visual development artist at Corus Entertainment) answered questions about their job descriptions, workflow, portfolios and how they chose their schools.

Paul Koidis, associate dean of design at Georgian College and one of the Creative Futures Expo moderators, says, “Creative Futures is an amazing opportunity to talk to young creative minds about the future, innovation, and the power of fresh ideas to change the world in every possible way.”

Photo by Natalie Heckhausen

Miami Ad School Toronto, Staedtler and Vistek sponsored the 2016 Creative Futures Expo. At Miami Ad School’s interactive booth, students could get their photos taken in front of a green screen and choose their city background—New York, San Francisco or the other 12 locations around the world where Miami Ad School is located. 

Also at the event: visual displays of the winning artwork from the 2016 Student Awards and the 2016 Young Blood categories of the professional Applied Arts Awards. Every attendee walked away with bags of sponsor swag, free copies of Applied Arts and a Creative Futures brochure outlining jobs and salaries in the industry.


Are you out of school but looking to switch careers? Or are you a high school student with an interest in the commercial arts? Launch your creative career at the Creative Futures Expo!

This two-day event, formerly known as the Creative Schools Expo, is Canada's only career fair for the visual communications sector.


Stay tuned for details on the 2017 event!



Representatives and educators from more than 20 leading art colleges and universities are on-hand to discuss their schools and programs, including but not limited to:


Attend one of our Q&A discussions with creative professionals within the advertising, graphic design, photography, illustration and CGI/animation industries talk about how they won their dream job.


View the winning work from the Applied Arts Awards professional programs to see what it takes to get to the top. Also on display are our winning Student Awards entries, many completed by top students who are enrolled in the post-secondary creative programs exhibited at the School Fair.

Photo by Nadia Papineau

Photo by Nadia Papineau