|Degree Awarded:||Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)|
|Program Website:||ryerson.ca/rta/programs/undergrad/newmedia, external link|
|Administered by:||RTA School of Media|
|Program Format:||Full-time, four-year program.|
New Media is a fine arts program that stands at the intersection of creativity and emerging technology. It provides a solid theoretical and practical grounding in design and creative production of interactive and experiential artworks.
O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English.
- ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
- The grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 65-70 percent range) will be determined subject to competition.
- 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.
- A non-academic assessment fee of $50 CDN (non-refundable and subject to change) is required and will be requested by Ryerson as applicable.
- Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.
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.
Creative Practice Hours
To graduate from any of the RTA School of Media Undergraduate Programs, each student must complete a minimum of 60 hours of Creative 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, opens in new window.
Table A - Lower Level Restrictions
Table B - Upper Level Restrictions
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
3rd & 4th Semester
5th & 6th Semester
7th & 8th Semester
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 must declare their concentration prior to applying to graduate. Courses used to fulfil the requirements of a concentration cannot also be used to fulfil the requirements of a minor.
The Optional Concentrations will last be offered to students admitted to New Media as of Fall 2018. Optional Concentrations will no longer be offered to students admitted to New Media as of Fall 2019.
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
Concentration in Computational Media
Concentration in Critical Media Theory
Concentration in Narrative Media
Students will complete RTA 320, plus five (5) of the following:
Concentration in Social Media
Students will complete RTA 521, plus five (5) of the following:
Concentration in Tangible Media
Students will complete RTA 321 plus five (5) of the following:
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).
Chair: Nancy Chapelle
Executive Director, Bell Fund
Partner, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
Formerly CEO of Cookie Jar Entertainment, Founder of Nelvana
Associate Arts Professor
New York University
Speaker, Author, Inclusion Consultant
Distinguished Visiting Professor
Senior VP, Production
President of Broadcasting
Rogers Media Inc.
The Hand Eye Society
Epitome Pictures Inc.
Vice President, Specialty Channels
Former CEO Alliance Atlantis Entertainment Group.
Chair and Co-Founder
President and Chief Executive Officer
Ontario Media Development Corporation
Canadian Ethic Media Association
Goodmans Entertainment Group