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Creative Industries

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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Administered by: School of Creative Industries
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.

The Creative Industries program gives students a deep understanding of how media, fashion, publishing, news, music, design and performing arts organizations operate creatively and commercially. The curriculum explores the nature of creativity and business management in cultural and creative sectors, providing students with a dynamic education - and preparing them for a wide range of careers upon graduation.

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


  1. ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
  2. A grade of 70 percent or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English.
  3. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Core courses develop your competencies in communication, digital technology, critical thinking, research design, collaboration and teamwork while informing you about the economic, legal, political and technological environment in which Canadian and international creative enterprises function.

As you proceed through the program you select two Creative-Content Modules from Table II to focus your studies. These modules of six courses offer students exposure to creative fields, including film, television, live performance, music, publishing, news media and fashion. You’ll learn about the historical, artistic and production aspects of these fields while examining how they function as businesses, both domestically and globally. At the same time, you undertake a business specialization that provides you with the business, management and entrepreneurial skills vital to your future career. The interdisciplinary design of the program and the broad range of elective choice give you the flexibility to shape your studies to fit your personal interests and aspirations. You may also elect to combine your program with a minor in another discipline.

The University’s downtown location in Canada’s media, artistic and financial capital provides an ideal setting for the study of the Creative Industries and for your work placement in fourth year.

Liberal Studies

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, opens in new window.


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.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

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, opens in new window for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester

1st Semester


BSM 100 The New Business: From Idea to Reality
CRI 100 Creative Industries Overview
PLX 111 Imagining the Creative City

One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

One course from Table II (Creative-Content Modules)

2nd Semester


BSM 200 The Growing Business: Breaking Even
CMN 210 Text, Image and Sound
CRI 200 IP Issues in the Digital Age

One course from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

One course from Table II (Creative-Content Modules)


3rd & 4th Semester


CRI 300 Digital Design Studio
CRI 400 Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries

PROFESSIONAL: Four courses from Table II (Creative-Content Modules).

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table III (Business Module).

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

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


5th & 6th Semester


ACC 340 Financial Management
BSM 600 The Mature Business
CMN 313 Organizational Problem Solving and Report Writing
CRI 600 The Creative Process

Two courses from Table I* or Open Elective Table.

PROFESSIONAL: Four courses from Table II (Creative-Content Modules).

LIBERAL STUDIES: Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

*At least two Table I courses must be taken before graduation. 


7th & 8th Semester


CRI 700 Human Resources in Creative Industries
CRI 710 Creative Industries Research Methodology
CRI 810 Studies in Creative Collaboration
CRI 800 Managing Creative Enterprises

PROFESSIONAL: Two courses from Table II (Creative-Content Modules).

Four courses from Table I* or the Open Elective Table.

*At least two Table I courses must be taken before graduation

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 PDF fileSenate Policy #158 (Program Advisory Councils).

Tamara Horowitz
V.P. and Executive Producer
In-house Creative Agency

Michael Levine
Westwood Creative Artists

Diane Mahoney
Managing Director
Bruce Mau Design
(PAC Chair)

Konrad Skorupa
Cultural Development Officer
Cultural Partnerships
City of Toronto - Economic Development and Culture

John Schoales
Senior Economic Policy Advisor - Creative Cluster Policy Unit
Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport

Jeffrey Remedios
Universal Music Canada

Ted Riley
Consultant Media Industries/
Advisor at the Cleantech
Pratice at MaRS

Antoine Vimal du Monteil
Ubisoft Montreal