Annually Faҫade Academy features many exciting competitions, providing our students with opportunities and exposure to demonstrate their skills and techniques to showcase their talent.  The arts and design industries are highly competitive.  We offer friendly competitions for our students to exercise the ability to push their talent above and beyond, explore their skills and think outside the box.  These opportunities provide the tools and experience they require to develop a competitive edge and establish their presence in the arts and design fields.  Innovation and leadership are highly encouraged within the academy.  Students have a full team of instructors and mentors readily available to them.  They will assist them on their journey to: personal, academic and professional success.

Students participating in our competitions will be showcased within our in-house Galleria, social media forums and blog.  During galas, charity fundraisers and other large events, students will be promoted through a variety of media platforms as well (televisions, magazines, newspapers, blogs, etc.).

Upcoming Competitions:




On July 13th, 2017 Façade Academy of the Arts will hold its 4th Annual Art Beat festival. In partnership with the City of Vaughan’s Economic & Culture Department and Canada 150, the community has embraced this exciting festival.  Our upcoming event will be our largest and best one yet!  As advocates of arts and culture, Facade Academy is reaching out to the entire community to showcase and celebrate the amazing talent found right here in Vaughan. Each year Art Beat provides a large platform of opportunity for our Facade Students to be showcased at.

Many of our students walk away from this EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY gaining impressive experience that have led them to College/University Scholarships and Employment at some of the industry’s most reputable corporations. 

Façade Academy’s students will have the opportunity to:

-DISPLAY their artwork in our Student Showcase at Art Beat as their year-end showcase.
-SELL their artwork on Artist’s Ally as an opportunity to gain industry experience and network with industry professionals
-WIN Awards & Scholarships presented on stage at Art Beat
Friends and family are all invited to come out and witness their hard work and accomplishments this last year…

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Our highly anticipated 2017 Awards & Scholarships:

Recipients will be awarded our signature hand-crafted awards on our festival stage by Façade instructors and other special guests.  Façade Academy students will be assessed on their work, skills and passion from Aug 2016- July 2017. 

Winners will be announced in June 2017. 

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Awards  include:

Awards: (Offered to students under the age of 15)

Creative Coaching 

Creative Development

Creative Expression

Creative Explorer  

Façade Imagineer


Scholarship: (Offered to students over the age of 15)

Canada 150 Award

Architecture/Interior Design

Graphic Design 

Animation & Illustration 

In addition to these awards, Façade Academy has also partnered with Critique Week to present a film component to the Art Beat awards presentation.  

Click the image below for more info on Critique Week and how to be eligible for the Film award.

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Submission Deadline: May 12, 2017.  

Please send all submissions to:





“Beauty and the Beast” Drawing Contest!

In March 2017, Faҫade Academy of the Arts continued it’s ongoing series of movie-themed drawing contests. Inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, we challenged our students to create their own characters based on an inanimate object. 


Below are a seletion of some of the entires.

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WINNER – Calvin Pham 



Previous Competitions:


“ROBOT WARS” Drawing Contest!

In December 2016, Faҫade Academy of the Arts held the first of what is to be an ongoing series of movie-themed drawing contests. Inspired by Star Wars, we challenged our students to create their own robot designs.




WINNER – Andrew Del Rizzo




  • Christina Laronga and Selina Testani each received a 36 week Motivational and Leadership Career Development program from Façade Academy of the Arts, valued at $1,500 each.


  •  Alessia Agozzino– Façade Academy scholarship winner of $500 towards any summer program for: appreciation of opportunity, hardwork,  motivation, dedication, commitment and enthusiasm.  


Click Here for more information about the Vaughan Film Festival


Carnaval Comes to Façade Academy!
Throughout the week of February 11th – 17th, 2013 all Art and Fashion students enrolled at  Façade Academy participated in our Carnaval mask-making competition!

Students were required to bring any and all decorations, feathers, jewels, accessories and of course their mask of choice to participate in our competition. Students were to make a creative and unique mask which was displayed in our glass showcase to celebrate the Carnaval De Quebec!

We encouraged all students involved to think outside the box and showcase their talent. Three winners of different age groups (4-8 years-old, 9-15 years-old, 16+ years-old) were selected based on who overall, was most creative and have received a FREE movie pass as their prize.

Congratulations To Our Winners
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………………Jenny Liu  ……………………….Andrew Del Rizzo ………………….. Melissa Sorbara

……………...(Ages 4-8)………………………….. (Ages 9-15) …………………………..(Ages 16+)

An Evening of Sex & Romance
 hosted by Toronto Wordslingers, one of our incredibly generous businesses who donated a scholarship to ONE lucky student towards a free term in our Professional Acting Program. A big congratulations goes out to Cecilia Iafrate who won this scholarship at the event on Friday, February 1st, 2013. Cecilia Iafrate is also a participant in Much Music’s 2013 VJ Search!

  • 2012 Leadership Award

Congratulations to Amanda Mohamed.  She was awarded with an internship opportunity to work as Mina’s personal design assistant and network with Mina’s personal contacts.

  • 2011 Fashion Meets Architecture Competition 

Congratulations to Celina Benigno.  She was awarded with 3 months of complimentary private design classes and one-on-one career development and mentoring with Mina.

  • 2010 Grafic Art Gallery Competition, held at Starlight Children’s Foundation Annual Gala

Congratulations to Melissa Sorbara. She was awarded “Best Piece” and a $3,000 Education Scholarship


By: Melissa Sorbara, Grafic Art Gallery Winner