Bloor Street Entertains, 2018 Highlights

T-1 Week until or Event Management, Event and Exhibit Design students assist with the setup and decor for Bloor Street Entertains, Canada’s largest and only fundraising gala in support of HIV/AIDS research.

This annual event is organized by the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). The goal of Bloor Street Entertains is to deliver a world-class event, which raises funds and awareness for this important cause and to ultimately reduce the number of new HIV infections in the country. The support of guests, sponsors, and partners at Bloor Street Entertains is the driving force that allows CANFAR to continue moving forward in its mission to end the HIV epidemic in Canada. Last year, the School of Fashion and School of Media students supported CANFAR’s 23rd Bloor Street Entertains by transforming Bloor-Yorkville’s storefronts into luxury dining spaces.

Event Management students designed the dinner decor at storefronts including Brooks Brothers, Harry Rosen (pictured above), Liss Gallery, Lumas Gallery, Rimowa and William Ashley, while Public Relations – Corporate Communications students supported with public relations and social media efforts. Visual Merchandising students also participated by setting up the luxury silent auction.

Seneca students and faculty have worked on Bloor Street Entertains for more than 11 years. The annual event raises between $500,000 and $1 million annually for CANFAR, the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research. Stay tunned for photos/coverage on the 2019 event!

2019 Career Networking Event

On Thursday, October 3rd, The School of Fashion hosted our annual Career Networking event with industry-leading companies! Thank you to our long list of exhibiting companies, including Hudson’s Bay Company, Nordstrom, Footlocker, SEPHORA, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sanctuary Day Spas , TJX The Ten Spot, and Elmwood Spa. The event was open to all our #SenecaFashion students who spent the afternoon engaging with company representatives and handing out their business cards and resumes to prospective employers. We are #SenecaProud of our career ready students!

Seneca and University of the Arts London (UAL) sign MOU to expand student pathways

Heather Pickard shaking hands with President David Agnew
Heather Pickard, Dean of the Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London and David Agnew, Seneca President, sign an MOU to enhance educational opportunities for students at both institutions. This Partnership will enhance educational opportunities for Seneca and UAL students and faculty.

Seneca College signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to officially partner with the University of the Arts London (UAL) to enhance educational opportunities for students and faculty. The signing took place at Seneca’s Newnham Campus between David Agnew, Seneca President and Heather Pickard, Dean of the Fashion Business School at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London on May 2, 2019.

The MOU was signed to strengthen ties between the two institutions and lead to the future establishment of partnership agreements, exchange opportunities, academic co-operation and other areas of innovative collaboration.

“We are delighted to partner with UAL to bring a global perspective to our students. Signing this MOU furthers Seneca’s commitment to meeting the expectations of internationally connected students and expanding our partnerships with world-renowned institutions,” said David Agnew, Seneca President.

An articulation agreement was also signed yesterday, which will allow Seneca        Fashion Business diploma students to pathway into UAL’s BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing degree program and Seneca Visual Merchandising Arts diploma students to pathway into UAL’s BA (Hons) Fashion Visual Merchandising and Branding degree program at London College of Fashion. The partnership will also explore how UAL and Seneca can support faculty exchanges, joint research projects and student collaboration initially at London College of Fashion and with future possibilities being considered with the other colleges.

“University of the Arts London welcomes the establishment of this MOU to develop staff and student opportunities with Seneca College. It further strengthens our commitment to deepening relationships with Canada,” commented Heather Pickard, Dean Fashion Business School, London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.

The MOU formalizes a positive relationship between the two institutions. UAL is Europe’s largest specialist art and design university, recently ranked No. 2 in the world for Art and Design education by QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019. UAL is made up of six renowned colleges that offer a wide range of programs in art, design, fashion, media, communication and performing arts.

For more information on Seneca College and UAL, view the media release

Visual Merchandising Arts (VMA) student projects featured in Win a WindowsWear Student Award and Scholarship on!


Check out our #VMA student projects featured in Win a WindowsWear Student Award and Scholarship on WindowsWear will compile and share the best student projects through a WindowsWear Student Awards competition and users from around the world will vote for their favourites – the project that receives the most votes wins scholarships totalling $5k! All students who are part of the competition will also be invited to attend the WindowsWear Summer Party on May 30, 2019, in New York City!
Best of luck to our #VisualMerchandisingArts students! #SenecaProud


School of Fashion Career Networking Night 2018

On Monday, October 1st Seneca’s School of Fashion welcomed 25 companies to the Great Hall. The event was an opportunity for companies and our students to network and learn more about each other. Career opportunities and paths were of special interest to our students and they had the chance to speak with the most knowledgeable of representatives from companies such as Nordstrom, RW & Co, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart, Clinique, Holt Renfrew, Footlocker, Elmwood Spa, Rexall, The Ten Spot, HBC & Saks, Sanctuary Day Spa, NYX and more!