FCAT UNDERGRADUATE CONFERENCE

About the Conference

The FCAT Undergraduate Conference (UGC) is an annual event where students, faculty, staff, and industry members come together to share knowledge and connect. Students have the opportunity to present performances, papers, installations, and displays that reflect the academic work they are excited about. This exciting event celebrates the wide range of works being produced in Communication, Interactive Arts & Technology, Contemporary Arts, and Publishing.

We look forward to seeing you at next year's conference!

Submissions are not currently being accepted.

Please check again in October 2017

 

Presenting Sponsor: Canon Canada Inc.

Through generous donations to SFU, Canon Canada Inc. established the Canon Canada Photography Prize to ensure that outstanding students have the opportunity to be recognized for their photography work in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT). Each year, the top student portfolios from the Photo-based Practices course in the School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) and the Digital Photography course in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) are recognized with two annual prizes consisting of leading Canon photography equipment. In addition, Canon Canada Inc. became the inaugural sponsor of FCAT’s annual Undergraduate Conference in 2015 and have since continued to support the event on an annual basis. We are pleased to share the impact of this exceptional commitment by presenting the Canon Canada Photography Prizes to the winning recipients at the opening ceremony of the 2017 conference.

 

Main Door Prize Sponsor: Istuary Innovation Group

Founded in 2013, Istuary’s core business consists of Innovation Labs and Idea Labs.  Istuary partners with innovators, entrepreneurs, technical talent and experts in North America to build technology companies for fast-growing markets, such as China, and to capitalize on quickly expanding and unmet demand. 

How it Works

STEP #1

The first step is for students to submit a project and seek advice/suggestions from your course Professor/Instructor/TA on how to best present.  Projects may be submitted individually or as a group, and must be: 1) Completed between January to August 2016, or 2) New projects currently underway in this Fall semester.

Please complete the following submission requirements:

1. Fill out the submission proposal form: https://sfu.fluidsurveys.com/s/fcatugc-submissions/

You will need:

  • An abstract - a clear description of your submission, an explanation of its importance, and an explanation of how it relates to the theme.  Max 300 words
  • List of the equipment / resources required for your presentation

2. Submit form and project links / documents by the submission deadline: NOVEMBER 21st (recently extended to NOVEMBER 28th, 11:59pm)

STEP #2

Once submissions are closed, our three faculty ambassadors will go through all the submissions and come up with a selection of works to be shared/presented/performed/exhibited in the conference. They will assign the presenters to panels that will be able to discuss a particular topic from multiple perpectives. Examples of this from previous years are "Audio Composition: The Moral Question of Technology" and "Crafting Innovation" 

STEP #3

If your submission is selected, you will need to prepare a ten to fifteen minute presentation, performance, or an exhibition of your work. A workshop is hosted by the faculty ambassadors to help you through this process. 

STEP #4

Everyone is invited to the FCAT Undergraduate Conference. Presenters are expected to come early to set up and practice. Official events will begin in the afternoon. Invite friends, family, and co-workers who would be interested in work being produced in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.  

View Highlights from Previous Years

Adjudication

Given the diverse nature of FCAT and of the works that may be submitted, adjudicators will make sure each of the categories and each of FCAT's schools are well represented at the conference.

Depending on the quality and number of submissions, between 30 - 50 submissions will be chosen to present at the conference. 

Successful applicants will be short-listed on the following criteria:

  • Interest of the topic to the conference's audience
  • Quality of the work
  • Clarity of the proposal/presentation
  • Significance of the issues addressed
  • Relevance of the topic to the conference theme

Meet the Ambassadors

What Previous Presenters Have to Say...

 

Jeremy Mamisao

 SIAT student, FCAT Undergraduate Conference 2013

"The FCAT Conference was a great way for me and my team to present our project work that we spent two semesters creating in the SIAT Capstone Course. Presenting it to other students, faculty and community attendees was a fun experience and good opportunity to deliver a hands on demo of how our project worked."

Alysha Bains

CMNS student, FCAT Undergraduate Conference 2013

"My experience with presenting at the FCAT Undergraduate Conference was inspiring. It provided an excellent opportunity for me to share my work and also see the amazing work of my peers."

Joseph Nicolai


CMNS Student, FCAT Undergraduate Conference 2013

"Presenting at FCAT’s undergraduate conference was a privilege where, quite unlike school classrooms, allows students to participate in a public sphere much wider than the ones we become accustomed to in the traditional university classroom setting. This is a rewarding challenge that I am very grateful to have taken on and I am happy to bring this experience with me as I go about pursuing my graduate studies. I wish the best for future participants."