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Ryerson Masters in Film + Photo Preservation and Collections Management


Fueled by the dramatic changes taking place in the world of both photography and film with the advent and growth of digital technology, our master of arts (MA) program in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management now offers specializations in both film and photo preservation. Our unique curriculum is developed and delivered by a range of specialists, from historians of photography and film to library and archival professionals. The two-year course of study will prepare graduates to meet the challenges faced by institutions and organizations that strive to manage, maintain and develop object- and digital-based collections.



TAKE TWO: Reflecting on Toronto Filmmakers from 1965 to 1972

May 4th, 2015

Image Arts Building - Room 304 and Room 310

In 2013 Ryerson University expanded their Photographic Preservation and Collections Management masters program to include a moving image preservation stream. Tj Alston, Alex Jokinen, Chelsea Keen, and Stacey Turner are the first cohort of students to go through the moving image stream. They were joined in 2014 by Bing Wang, a recent graduate of the Photographic Preservation masters program. Each one comes from a different educational and professional background ranging from film studies to curatorial work to art history, and this diversity of knowledge has allowed them to learn from each other as much as from their studies. Graduating in 2015, they are all excited to pursue a future in the film archival and heritage management field.




April 29th - May 31st, 2015

Student Gallery, Ryerson Image Centre

Working with prominent Canadian photographer, filmmaker and writer Michael Mitchell, second-year students from Ryerson University’s Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management program explore the artist’s rich and diversified career in the context of his personal photography collection. This exhibition, accompanied by a catalogue and digital publication, juxtaposes a selection of Mitchell’s own work alongside nineteenth and twentieth century photographs from his collection, and excerpts from his prolific writings.

Generously supported by the Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Foundation

A featured exhibition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival


Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M5B 2K3

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Phone 416-979-5000, ext 4839

Canadian Centre for Architecture
Anne Cibola (right) and Samantha Ackerley (left) from the class of 2014 cohort at the Canadian Centre for Architecture for their summer 2013 internship.
Edward Burtynsky Studio Internship Photo Summer 2012
Laura Ramsey from the 2013 cohort at the Edward Burtynsky Studio for her summer 2012 internship.




New partners join Ryerson’s Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management (F+PPCM) program; Program affiliation with George Eastman House ends.


In 2014, Ryerson’s internationally-renowned program in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) added a new stream in Film Preservation. This year, its growth continues with the addition of new institutional partners who provide significant research opportunities for students in their second year. 

Starting January 2016, second year students may choose to do their residency in Toronto or they may opt for museums and archives further afield in cities that include Ottawa, Montreal, New York, Houston, Austin, Washington and Paris.  

Our longstanding collaborator, George Eastman House (GEH) in Rochester, NY has decided to go forward by partnering more locally with the University of Rochester.  We have enjoyed working with GEH since the program’s inception in 2004, and wish them all the best.





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