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Creative Futures Virtual Career Fair is the ultimate resource for students planning a career in the visual arts to find the perfect-fit school. To be more inclusive, we have transitioned to a virtual platform for 2019 but will follow the format you are familiar with:

  • PANEL DISCUSSIONS: Live webinar panel discussions and inspirational talks from rising-stars in the visual communications sector.
  • EXHIBIT HALL: Real-time access to school reps who can answer student questions.
  • WINNERS GALLERY: Be the first to see our latest 2019 Student Awards winners





OCTOBER 29 at 1pm EST:

Ela Kelonen, Art Director & Maddie Rosenberg, Copywriter - john st.

Dave Watson, Creative Director  - Mosaic North America

Pam Lau, Independent Photographer



Inspirational video series showcasing the next generation of creative talent.

Michael Romaniuk, Art Director - Zulu Alpha Kilo

Vander Herberg, Art Director - Vanderbrand

Sam Tsang, Photographer - Sili Studio
AnneMarie Jackson, Videographer - AMJ Visuals



Visit the virtual hall review and learn about and compare the different schools offering programs in creative arts. Save digital brochures and information in your backpack.

Real-time access to connect with school reps October 29, 2019 from 10:00am and 3:00pm EST - Ask questions and set-up meetings.


Algonquin College School of Media and Design, Ottawa, ON
Cambrian College, Sudbury, ON
Capilano University, IDEA School of Design, North Vancouver, BC
Centennial College, Toronto, ON
Fanshawe College – Media and Design, London, ON
Fleming College – Haliburton School of Art + Design , Haliburton, ON
George Brown College, Toronto, ON
Georgian College, Barrie, ON
MacEwan University, Edmonton, ON
Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design, Toronto, ON
Selkirk College, Castlegar, ON
Sheridan College, Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design, Oakville, ON
Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
University of Toronto Mississauga, Visual Studies, Mississauga, ON


The interactive Winners Gallery will be displaying select winning work from the 2019 Applied Arts Student Awards competition.


"I can’t begin to express how much your awards program has done for my career as a design professional. It’s opened so many doors being a past winner."

- Vicky Li
Senior Designer, Hero Digital, San Francisco, CA
Alumni of OCAD University

"I won an Applied Arts Award as a student at AU Arts, and it was a very exciting boost in my early career."

- Morgan Curley
Partner & Designer, Bamff Studio
Alumni of Alberta University of the Arts

"This industry is more than just a job. A healthy creative industry facilitates people to keeping doing what they’re passionate about and also creates a community that leads, inspires and also support others."

-Jinah Lee
Art Director

"The more I learned about advertising—its culture, people, and influence—the more I knew it was for me."

-Brian Howlett
Creative Director

"Working for television and movies, you're able to showcase your work to a large family audience. It is always rewarding to hear from a parent how much your work has positively influenced their children."

-Katherine Lim
Storyboard Artist

"After getting my work published in the Student Awards issue of Applied Arts, I was extremely fortunate to have been contacted by two agencies ... and was hired!"

                                                                                        -  Marvin Veloso
                                                                          Art Director, Student RGD
                                                                          Alumni of Seneca College

"Seeing my work in print made me feel like I was accomplishing something! It gave me confidence … that confidence helped me make those all-too important cold calls to CDs knowing I could say I had already won an award, before graduation." 

- Nicole Ellerton
Group Creative Director, Leo Burnett, Toronto, ON
Alumni of Academy of Design & Western University

"Applied Arts was such an important part of my design career, from being a student to a professional."


- Kristina Valiunas
Senior Brand Designer, Amazon, Seattle, WA
Alumni of George Brown College

"The Applied Arts Student Awards annual is distributed to a very large number of art directors and art buyers – and it showcases student work along with their contact details, making it a vital promotional vehicle and an excellent way to gain exposure." 
Mohamed Danawi, Professor, Illustration, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA 

- Mohamed Danawi
Professor, Illustration, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA 

"What I love most about my job is that I get to help entrepreneurs, small businesses, and innovative companies figure out how to build awareness and grow their sales. We feel like we have a real impact on these businesses every day—and that's really satisfying."

-Erin Bury
Managing Director

"What I love most about being an illustrator is being able to bring my most wild imaginings into my work on a daily basis. How many jobs make that possible?"

- Jessica Fortner

"There's no other industry that better pairs problem-solving with adding beauty into the world. I get to answer the question "how do we make this tell a story AND look good while doing it?" and there's nothing better, to me, than that."

-Andrew Kolb

"I’m never bored. On the surface, that sounds like a weird thing to love about your job, but it’s important. When you’re bored, you feel discouraged, depressed and uninspired. That’s why it’s great to wake up every morning and go to a job that’s always challenging you with fresh projects — it keeps you on your toes."

- Jordan Finlayson