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Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Program Website: ryersonrta.ca/programs/bfa-new-media
Administered by: RTA - School of Media
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

New Media is a fine arts program that provides a solid theoretical and practical background in creative production methods and techniques employed in interface, interaction, and experience art and design.

Admission Information

O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English.

Notes:

  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English. 
  2. The grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 65-70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
  3. Final admission selection will be based on academic performance, proficiency in communication skills, and creative potential, as demonstrated by the applicant’s history and submissions. As part of the admission selection process, applicants must visit the Program page for details about the non-academic requirements.
  4. A non-academic assessment fee of $50 CDN (subject to change) is required and will be requested by Ryerson as applicable.
  5. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Program Overview/Curriculum Information

Commensurate with the technological challenge it faces within an ever-evolving field, the program uses a variety of innovative teaching approaches to move students through an immersive, hands-on course of study.

Emphasizing creativity, New Media expands the idea of computing. It encourages risk taking and experimentation within a supportive, collaborative environment designed to address the emerging challenges of the communication age. To this end, students engage new technologies not only as a means of art production but as instruments of social, cultural, and artistic change.

The curriculum is unique both in its substance and in its structure, which emphasizes depth as well as breadth and flexibility. The remarkable learning environment offered by the Faculty of Communication and Design, combined with Ryerson's proximity to Toronto's art community, as well as the media production, telecommunications, and cultural industries, provide unparalleled opportunities for developing not only the tools, but an understanding of the medium in a field that is continually in the process of self-invention.

The New Media BFA prepares fine art students to become creators of digital art, mobile media, interactive storytelling and virtual worlds.

Community Practice Hours

To graduate from any of the RTA School of Media Undergraduate Programs, each student must complete a minimum of 60 hours of Community Practice unpaid volunteer work in a qualifying RTA institution or project. This can be done at any time over the four years of the program. This will be considered one requirement of successful completion of RTA 711 or RTA 82A/B or RTA 431.

Students must take three lower level liberal studies courses and three upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

IRL 100, NPF 188 are not available for credit.  

Table B - Upper Level Restrictions

IRL 500, PSY 713 and PSY 813 are not available for credit.

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website for complete details.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

1st Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 101 Introduction to Media Theory and Practice
RTA 102 Creative Processes
RTA 103 Digital Media Production I
RTA 104 Sound Production

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 201 Video Art and Production
RTA 220 New Media Art History
RTA 221 Experiential Media/Interdisciplinary Practice
RTA 222 Intro to Computational Arts
RTA 223 Intro to Experience Design

 

Revised 2017-2018.

3rd Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 320 Interactive Storytelling
RTA 321 Intro to Tangible Media
RTA 322 Technology, Identity and Creativity

CORE ELECTIVES: One course from Table I.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

4th Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 323 Contemporary Strategies in New Media

CORE ELECTIVES: Two courses from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

5th Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 520 Public Practice

CORE ELECTIVES: Two courses from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

6th Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 501 Project Development - New Media
RTA 521 #Activism: Media for Social Change

CORE ELECTIVES: One course from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVES: Two courses from Open Elective Table.

First offered 2017-2018.

7th Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 82A/B Thesis Project

CORE ELECTIVES: One course from Table I.

OPEN ELECTIVES: One course from Open Elective Table.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

*RTA 82A/B has a GPA Weight of 3.00 and a Course Count of 2.00.

8th Semester

REQUIRED:

RTA 82A/B Thesis Project
RTA 821 Issues in Experiential Media Art History

CORE ELECTIVES: One course required from Table I.

LIBERAL STUDIES:
One course from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

*RTA 82A/B has a GPA Weight of 3.00 and a Course Count of 2.00.

Concentrations

A Concentration is a structured plan of study within a program (6 to 12 core or professional electives) that provides an opportunity for advanced or in-depth study in a particular area of interest.

Students may choose to complete one of the following five optional Concentrations from the Core Elective Table I. Concentrations must be formally declared and must be completed before graduation to be noted on the academic transcript

Students will complete RTA 222 and RTA 320 plus four (4) of the following:

RTA 922 Transmedia Writing
RTA 923 Intro to Writing for Video Games
RTA 928 Gaming Theory and Practice
RTA 948 Interactive Spaces
RTA 953 Mobility and Mixed Reality
RTA 959 Visualization and Generative Processes

Students will complete RTA 101, RTA 220 and RTA 323, plus three (3) of the following:

RTA 903 News and Current Affairs Theory
RTA 938 Digital Popular Cultures
RTA 939 Indigenous Media
RTA 940 Canadian Televisual Studies
RTA 946 Issues in New Media Theory/History

Students will complete RTA 320, plus five (5) of the following:

RTA 212 Media Writing
RTA 922 Transmedia Writing
RTA 923 Intro to Writing for Video Games
RTA 929 Multi-platform Narrative
RTA 963 Web Design
RTA 975 Video Compositing and Special Effects
RTA 978 Editing Specialty

Students will complete RTA 521, plus five (5) of the following:

RTA 902 Social Media
RTA 917 Public Relations
RTA 930 Social Practices in Hybrid Media Spaces
RTA 932 Hacking, DIY and Open Source Cultures
RTA 933 Hacking, DIY and Open Source Studio
RTA 934 Virtual Identities and Communities
RTA 935 Institutional/ Personal Media Platforms
RTA 967 Interactivity and Net-working

Students will complete RTA 321 plus five (5) of the following:

RTA 925 Making Objects
RTA 953 Mobility and Mixed Reality
RTA 954 Empathy Machines
RTA 958 Networked Art
RTA 962 Interaction Design
RTA 968 Emerging New Media Practices
Program Advisory Council

A Program Advisory Council (PAC) is a group of volunteers that provides expert advice to a school or department on program related matters such as curriculum, program review, technology and trends in the industry, discipline or profession. For more information, see Senate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Chair: Nancy Chapelle
Executive Director, Bell Fund
TVO

Grant Buchanan
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

Jocelyn Hamilton
President, Canada
eOne Television

Michael Hirsh
Executive Chairman
DHX Media
Formerly CEO of Cookie Jar Entertainment, Founder of Nelvana

Matt Hornburg
Executive Producer/Partner
Marble Media

Tom Igoe
Associate Arts Professor
New York University

Raja Khanna
Co-CEO
Glassbox Television

Karen King
Speaker, Author, Inclusion Consultant

Bernie Lucht
Distinguished Visiting Professor
Ryerson University

Mark Milliere
Senior VP, Production
TSN

Scott Moore
President of Broadcasting
Rogers Media Inc.

Jim Munroe
Executive Director
The Hand Eye Society

Linda Schuyler
President
Epitome Pictures Inc.

Justin Stockman
Vice President, Specialty Channels
Bell Media

Peter Sussman
President
Aver media
Former CEO Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group.

Jay Switzer
Chair and Co-Founder
HollywoodSuite

Karen Thorne-Stone
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Media Development Corporation

Madeline Ziniak
Chair
Canadian Ethic Media Association

David Zitzerman
Partner
Goodmans Entertainment Group