Whether you're a current AMPD student at York University or hope to become one, this blog is for you! All of the content you will find here is written by AMPD's Student Ambassadors: upper-year students in each of our seven programs. Do you have an idea for the blog, or an upcoming event you want covered? Send us a message through our 'Contact Us' page, and we'll be happy to set something up with you. Check out the latest content below, or click on a program heading above to see what's going on in your area of AMPD! You can also find information on new blog posts and upcoming AMPD events at our Facebook and Twitter pages. Be sure to like and follow us!

Beat the Midterm Blues

Written by: Vaiva Slapsys

Welcome back everyone!

September has come and gone, our first ever Fall reading week has passed, and now we find ourselves in mid-October, sandwiched between midterms.  Although there’s always lots to do, it’s important to take a break from our studies and our hard work from time to time and go enjoy ourselves!  Our brains and our bodies need a break, and here are some cool things you can do to destress and restore some energy.

  1. Winters College is hosting free yoga classes! Classes are in the Senior Common room, 021 Winters College. Classes are Mondays from 10:00-11:00am and Fridays 2:00pm-4:00pm.  Go revive and rejuvenate your body and mind!
  2. DIY Halloween crafts and costumes by Winters!  Get festive and spooky just in time for the big day!  Materials will be provided to help you bring your costume ideas to life. Pop in to get crafty, or just to hang out! Tuesday, October 23rd from 1:00pm-5:00pm in the Junior Common Room (012), Winters College.
  3. Toronto also has exciting news on the museum front. Ever since September 22nd, Toronto is now home to the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto. With student pricing listed at $5.00., this is a great place to check out and get inspired!  Check out what’s going on here: https://museumofcontemporaryart.ca/


  4. If you’re into seeing live theatre, TOnight has a way to get $5 tickets as a student. Download their app and go onto the Hiptix page to see what professional shows you can see at an extremely discounted rate.
  5. The Toronto Cinesphere at Ontario Place is screening iconic films on weekends over the next few months, transforming classic movies into an experience unlike any other.  Starting with Back to the Future this weekend and next, films like Ghostbusters, Blade Runner, and Die Hard will be played, too! Find a full list of films, as well as buy tickets, here: http://ontarioplace.com/en/cinesphere/Image result for toronto cinesphere
  6. imagineNATIVE Film and Media Arts Festival is happening this weekend until October the 21st.  imagineNATIVE is the world’s largest presenter of Indigenous screen content, supporting Indigenous artists and boasting excellence and impact on even larger festivals such as TIFF and Hot Docs.  With many events — some of them free — it’s easy to get involved and become a part of the initiative. The events are not only limited to this weekend: they go on all year long!  Learn more about the Festival imagineNATIVE at http://www.imaginenative.org/.iN_card1.jpg
  7. Art Toronto is happening October 26-29: Canada’s international contemporary and modern art fair.  With a speaker series, a free West-End Gallery Hop, and countless exhibiting galleries from around the world, there’s no better place to check out some great contemporary art!  Find more information here: https://www.arttoronto.ca/en/home.htmlArt Toronto

So go out and have some fun this fall before the cold really sets in!

See You in September!

It feels like just yesterday that the new school year began, and yet here we are nearing the end of yet another year of university.  For some of us it may have been the first of many, and for others it may have been the last (forever)!  Congratulations to everyone leaving us for another chapter in life, and to everyone whose journeys have just begun.  We hope that your past year has been filled with many memories, good and bad, that will help shape you into the marvellous person that you are becoming today, tomorrow, and always, and we would like to thank you for making getAMP(e)D a part of those memories. getAMP(e)D is now on a summer hiatus, and posts will be coming back for the 2018-19 school year. We are honoured that you chose to make us a part of your busy year, and we hope to see you again in September!

Looking for a Space to Work? Look no further

Written By: Kimberly Davis

If you are a Digital Media student and have a hard time finding places to work on projects in this great big school, know that you’re not alone.  Luckily, you’ve come to the right place to find the perfect spot to work on all of your digital media endeavors! Two great places on campus are the Digital Media Art & Technology Learning Lab (ATLL) located in Accolade West 102 and the Digital Media Transmedia Lab located in Accolade West 103. I know you probably already know these two rooms because this is where most digital media classes are held, but did you also know you can work on your projects in these rooms outside of class times?  Both of these rooms are equipped with everything you might need for your projects. Read More

QUIZ: How much do you know about AMPD?

Written By: Lucia Llano

Think you know all there is to know about AMPD? Now’s your chance to prove it!  Take our super tough AMPD quiz and see how much you know about the faculty you’ve devoted so much of your life to!

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Commuter Hacks for Dancers

Written By: Lindsey Thompson

Commuting is HARD work. The little spare time you have when you’re not busy studying, dancing, or working, you spend on transit.  It can get hard to balance life because of this extra added burden, but there are a few things you can do to make your life a little bit easier.  Below is a list of tips and tricks to make the most out of your time here at school as a commuter. Read More

24 Signs You’re a Theatre Major

Written By: Tiana Kralj


    1. You know exactly how many minutes are in a year.
    2. You’re not American, but you know the entire history of Alexander Hamilton.
    3. You’re not afraid of strange or concerned looks from passers-by as you conduct rehearsals in any hallway, stairwell, or common room.

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Artist Spotlight: Kaws

Written By: Nima A.K.

Brian Donnelly, best known as Kaws, is a New York-based artist. He was born in 1974 in Jersey City, New Jersey.  After obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration in New York in 1996, he worked as a freelance animator for Disney, where he made a name for himself designing limited edition toys and clothing.  This helped to spark his career as an internationally acclaimed artist, exhibiting his art in sculpture and installation media in museums and galleries around the world.

Kaws, Good Intentions, 2015, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Yorkshire, England.

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