March 20, 2023

AMPD dancers star in Toronto premiere of acclaimed show ‘Colossus’

Twenty graduating BFA students from the Department of Dance in York’s School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design (AMPD) will perform in Colossus at the Meridian Arts Centre, alongside dancers from Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), from March 22 to 26.

March 16, 2023

The Final Mile Club: Brendan Fernandes on Getting Started

Brendan Fernandes shares practical tips on securing funding as an artist. Grounded in lived experience as a York University alumnus of AMPD’s Visual Arts BFA program, Fernandes talks about the importance of maximizing available resources, documenting the creative process, articulating the meaning of art in various forms, and creating opportunities for community, visibility, and recognition.  

March 15, 2023

45+ AMPD alums nominated for Canadian Screen Awards

The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television nominated over 45 York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) alumni for Canadian Screen Awards across more than 30 different categories.

February 27, 2023

Professor Emeritus Tim Whiten wins AGO’s 2022 Gershon Iskowitz Prize

Whiten, 81, is a Toronto artist with a 50-year career. His drawings, sculptures, installations and performances draw on his knowledge of spiritual practices from around the world, including Zen Buddhism and Jewish mysticism. This February, the AMPD professor emeritus was recognized as an outstanding contribution to Canada's visual arts with an exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

February 23, 2023

The Government of Canada invests nearly $4 million to support mental health of creative arts and design students  

On February 21, the Public Health Agency of Canada announced the Government of Canada's nearly $4 million investment in support of post-secondary student mental health through The Mindful Campus Initiative. The funding will enhance students' coping and resilience skills and create a supportive environment where emerging creative artists and designers, including those from marginalized communities, flourish. AMPD to receive $200,000 over three years to adapt and implement mindfulness practices for students, faculty and staff.