Skip to main content
Faculty of Communication & Design

Ryerson’s School of Image Arts is internationally recognized as a top undergraduate school offering specializations in film and photography with a balance of studio, lecture, and lab courses that include work in both fine arts and commercial production.  The program provides a general background in design, art history, and cultural studies that is enhanced by a broad offering of liberal studies and professional and professionally-related electives.

The School also offers graduate study programs in Film & Photographic Preservation and Collections Management as well as Documentary Media in conjunction with the Yeats School of Graduate Studies.

Students in film studies develop documentary, fiction or experimental films and videos in each year of the four-year program.  They gain skills in all aspects of filmmaking including writing, directing, cinematography, production design, and editing.  Graduates have gone on to careers in producing, directing, editing, cinematography, as well as many of the craft positions that form the backbone of filmmaking.

In photography studies, students develop their own personal visions as they explore everything from historical photographic processes to contemporary print-based media and advanced
electronic applications in imaging.  Throughout their studies, they become involved in projects such as exhibitions, books, magazines, short films, web-based assignments and site-specific
installations.  Graduates work in a wide array of new and emerging professional fields related to the lens-based image. 

The work of the School’s  graduates can be seen at festivals and exhibitions world wide, many of which garner awards and media recognition.  Many graduates pursue ongoing graduate studies in the fine arts, cultural studies, communications and digital media fields.

Among the School’s notable alumni are Edward Burtynsky (photographer),  Stephen Bulger  (Stephen Bulger Gallery), Dominic Nahr (Magnum photographer), Bruce McDonald (filmmaker), and Peter Mettler (cinematographer).

Interested in applying to the School of Image Arts?

Apply Now