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PDF fileStudent Handbook

The student handbook is the contractual document between the students and the university. 

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is the comprehensive list of all courses. 

Advisement Report

The Advisement Report is an online tool for Undergraduate degree students.  Accessed via RAMSS it shows all the courses that you have taken, enrolled in, or completed for your degree. 

Academic Integrity

Check out these engaging, short and informative academic integrity videos. These videos present some of the values and behaviours expected of Ryerson University students and some of the most common misconceptions about academic integrity.


There are a ton of resources availible here at Ryerson.  This powerpoint presentation will help you begin to identify the variety of options available.  

PDF fileStudent Resources at Ryerson Powerpoint

Below you will find an extensive list, all with clickable links.  

If you have any questions please feel free to email us at and we will help guide you.


Academic Support Resources at Ryerson

Student Learning Support

SLS is a group of services and programs aimed at helping students engage more effectively in their academic studies. We teach essential academic skills and study techniques that help students to more effectively express their intelligence, apply their knowledge and communicate their ideas.

Support Areas:

  • Academic Accommodation Support,
  • English Language Support,
  • Study Skills & Transition Support,
  • Writing Support,
  • Test Centre



Tri-mentoring program

The Tri-Mentoring Program is a centralized model that offers mentorship opportunities to students of all identities across all faculties.  The program matches 1st year students with upper year students in the same program or with similar interests in order to help incoming students successfully transition into their 1st year at Ryerson.  Mentors then have the opportunity to be matched with an industry professional & will gain guidance and encourage students to progress towards their goals. We facilitate student's learning, leadership and employment through mentoring, getting students involved and having them meet other people. 


Academic Accommodation Support

Academic Accommodation Support helps students with single or multiple disabilities (such as learning disabilities, sensory impairments, acquired brain injuries, ADHD, and mental health, medical, and mobility issues). The Centre helps students secure academic accommodations so that they can fully participate in their academic experience at Ryerson.


Mental and Physical Wellness Resources

Ryerson Mental Wellbeing

Centre for Student Development and Counselling

The CSDC offers free, confidential counselling services for students in a professional and friendly environment. Services are provided by our team of psychologists, counsellors, and masters and doctoral interns.


Ryerson Medical Centre

Ryerson’s family doctors can help you take care of your physical and mental health.


Ryerson Health Promotion

Ryerson Health Promotion is a group of peer health promoters dedicated to promoting health and wellbeing on our university campus. They can provide you with information, resources and referrals to community agencies.


Student Support Resources

International Student Services

International Student Services supports international students by offering individual assistance, orientation programs, information sessions, and networking events.


Aboriginal Student Services

Aboriginal Student Services provides support for all First Nations, Aboriginal, Inuit, Metis, status and non-status students can balance academic learning with traditional teachings.


Centre for Women and Trans People

The Centre for Women and Trans People, external link is a safe and inclusive place for all self-identified women on campus. It provides educational pamphlets, referrals and resources on issues that include racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, eating disorders, housing, sexual assault, pro-choice resources, violent relationships, support programs, and women’s health. Men are welcome to use the Centre’s resources, but need permission to enter.


Ryerson Safe House

The Ryerson Safe House provides free and confidential emotional support and assistance to Ryerson students who:

Are at immediate risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse
Are fleeing unsafe or intolerable living conditions
Have been made suddenly homeless as a result of compelling or extreme circumstances.


Security and Emergency Services

Ryerson Security and Emergency Services aids in crime prevention, personal safety and physical security awareness/education provided. Twenty-four hour emergency response, including crisis intervention/emergency management and referral.


Human Rights Services

Human Rights Services offers support for the Ryerson community, promoting a study, work, and living environment free of discrimination and harassment based on prohibited grounds (e.g. race, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion etc.).


Ombudsperson Office

The Ombudsperson Office is a confidential information, advice and assistance resource for those who wish to address what they believe to be unfair treatment at the University.


Ryerson Students’ Union Legal Advice and Referral Services

Ryerson Students’ Union Legal Advice and Referral Services, external link offers legal advice related to family and criminal law, debt, landlord and tenant conflicts, corporate law, real estate, intellectual property, legal procedures and documents, dealings with lawyers, immigration, and difficulties with government agencies.


Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education

The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education works from the premise that consent comes first. We believe that survivors should guide the process and we are here to provide options. We provide referrals to counselling and medical services, academic and workplace accommodations, self-care resources, advocacy and navigating resources. We can also help you in making an informed decision about next steps should you decide to report to university authorities or the police.


Ryerson Students’ Union (Equity Service Centres)

Good Food Centre

The Good Food Centre, external link provides free, non-perishable food items so you don’t have to study on an empty stomach. We also advocate for healthier, more affordable food on campus, and host events and campaigns on food (in)security and anti-poverty initiatives.


Racialised Students’ Collective

The Racialised Students’ Collective, external link opposes all forms of racism and works towards community wellness for students. Through education, campus and community organizing, and our commitment to struggle across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve self-identified racialized and indigenous students.



RyeACCESS, external link recognizes that students with disabilities have a diverse range of experiences both on and off campus. However, one experience that is consistent is disempowerment. As students with disabilities, it is our time to reclaim our bodies and minds, take control of the services we use, and work with our allies to achieve the freedom and autonomy we deserve.



RyePRIDE, external link seeks to create a positive and inclusive campus that is safe and welcoming for people from across the spectrum of sexuality and gender, including but not limited to: gay, lesbian, bisexual, two spirited, trans, intersex, queer and questioning students.


Trans Collective

The Trans Collective, external link's main goal is to advocate for trans and gender non-conforming people by challenging oppression, creating space for community care, and educating those outside and within our community.


Peer Groups

SMASH (Students for Mental Awareness, Support, & Health)

SMASH increases mental health awareness and support for students through peer-to-peer support and advocacy for policy change within Ryerson University.


Be Well

Be Well seeks to enhance relaxation, and reduce anxiety among students in the Nutrition and Food program. It does this through activities such as x-box parties, boardgames, cooking, and other fun group activities.


Other Resources


Ryerson Athletics and Recreation

Ryerson Athletics and Recreation, external link offers group fitness and mind/body/spirit classes, including yoga and meditation


SHARP: Student Health Assistance and Resilience Program (Health Promotion)

The Student Health Assistance and Resilience Program (SHARP) is designed to help students develop lifelong skills for managing their health and well-being.


PDF fileDownload and print a list of the above listed resources.

Creative Industries BA Course Structure

The program begins with a foundation year that will introduce you to the Creative Industries as an economic sector, as a subject of interdisciplinary study, and as creative fields that are being radically transformed by new technologies. You’ll begin your first creative-content module, selecting from a menu of more than a dozen modules specially designed for Creative Industries students. Your business specialization begins this year, with two core courses instructed by the Ted Rogers School of Management. You’ll also undertake coursework in communication, intellectual property, and creative urban design. Rounding out your 1st year will be two breadth electives that you will select from the humanities, social sciences and other disciplines offered at Ryerson.

For details of the courses and tables, see the course calendar. 

During your 2nd and 3rd years you’ll explore potential career paths as you continue with your first creative-content module and begin a second module as well. For your business specialization you’ll choose from a number of electives in second year and conclude it with a capstone course in 3rd year. Core courses will focus on digital design, entrepreneurship, business communication and the creative process. You’ll conclude your required breadth electives in 3rd year while also enrolling in two Creative Industries electives and/or University open electives.

For details of the courses and tables, see the course calendar. 

It all comes together in 4th year. Your final year is conceived as an integration year. During this year (or if you prefer in the summer prior to this year) you’ll undertake a work placement in a creative enterprise and then apply this experience to your culminating, capstone project. Small class core courses in collaboration, teamwork, human resources management, research methods and strategic management will complement your project work and prepare you for your next step: getting a job! You’ll complete your second creative-content module as well as four Creative Industries and/or University open electives.

For details of the courses and tables, see the course calendar. 

A module is defined as a sequence of six courses consisting of varying combinations of required and elective courses in a discrete subject area. As a Creative Industries student you’ll select one module at the start of 1st year and a second at the start of 2nd year. You’ll complete both modules at a rate of one course per semester. Delivered by the eight professional schools within the Faculty of Communication & Design, each module will cover the basic historical, theoretical and production aspects of a creative field while also examining how that field functions as a business. These modules will give you the opportunity to meet and participate in courses together with students specializing in each creative field.You’ll have thirteen modules to choose from, as provided below.

For details of the courses and tables below, see the course calendar. 

School of Fashion
  • The Fashion Industry: Markets, Aesthetics & Creativity
School of Professional Communication
  • Communication Studies
School of Image Arts
  • The Art & Business of Film
  • Visual Culture
  • Curatorial Practices
School of Journalism
  • The Business and Practice of News
School of Graphic Communications Management
  • Concept to Reality: Publishing and Printing
RTA School of Media
  • The Music Industry
  • Storytelling in Media
  • Media Business
Theatre School
  • Acting/Dance Studies
Theatre School and Department of English
  • Performance Studies
School of Interior Design
  • Interior Design: Humanscale for Creative Thinkers

Note: Modules are offered subject to minimum student enrolment and are normally confirmed in July of each year. Though every effort is made to offer all students the modules of their choice, space in specific modules may be limited if demand exceeds capacity.


These elective courses, required of all Ryerson students, are intended to broaden your education beyond your specific program of study. You will take one elective each term in your first three years. Typically students choose from a wide variety of courses offered in such areas as English, Philosophy, History, Political Science, Psychology, Musicology, Sociology and Economics.

For details of the courses and tables below, see the course calendar. 

Creative Industries Electives (Table I)

A minimum of 2 courses are to be selected from the following list in years 3 and/or 4:

  • CRI 410: Government and Advocacy
  • CRI 420: From Writer to Reader
  • CRI 430: Canadian Media and Entertainment Industries
  • CRI 450: Appreciating Creativity in Practice
  • CRI 500: Project Management
  • CRI 510: Art and Business of Gaming
  • CRI 520: Design Management
  • CRI 530: Talent Management
  • CRI 540: Marketing the Creative Industries
  • CRI 550: The Book in Canada
  • CRI 560: Topics in Creative Industries
  • CRI 620: Concert and Festival Management
  • CRI 630: Advertising Theory and Practice
  • CRI 640: Global Culture/Entertainment Marketplace
  • CRI 650: The Business of Book Publishing
  • CRI 660: Ethical Issues and Practices
  • CRI 720: Media Regulation and Communication Policy
  • CRI 730: Strategic Leadership in the Creative Industries
  • CRI 740: The Creative Negotiation
  • CRI 750: Emerging Technologies in Cyberspace
  • CRI 760: Diversity in Creative Industries
  • CRI 820: Global Licensing and Distribution Agreements
  • CRI 830: Youth Cultural Production
  • CRI 840: Management of Soft Innovation
  • CRI 850: Directed Reading Course
  • CRI 860: The Big Night

University Open Electives

select from any discipline in 3rd and 4th years will enable you to explore areas of personal interest or to gain additional depth in areas that you think are valuable to your chosen career path. You may also elect to devote these electives to the completion of a minor.

For a complete listing of the Open Electives please consult the Open Elective Table of the calendar.

It is important for your future success in the Creative Industries that you graduate with a functional knowledge of business and a solid set of business related skills. Your business specialization, consisting of a six-course module taught by the Ted Rogers School of Management and select core Creative Industries courses, is designed to address this goal.

For details of the courses and tables below, see the course calendar. 

Business Specialization

  • BSM 100: The New Business: From Idea to Reality
  • BSM 200: The Growing Business: Breaking Even
  • ACC 340: Financial Management
  • BSM 600: The Mature Business       

Electives (2):

  • ENT 500: New Venture Start Up
  • ENT 505: Small-business Management
  • GMS 410: Management - Large Corporation
  • GMS 455: Project Planning and Delivery
  • GMS 520: International Business
  • ITM 350: Concepts of e-Business
  • MKT 310: Marketing PlansCreative Industries Business Courses


  • CRI 400: Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries
  • CRI 700: Human Resources in Creative Industries
  • CRI 800: Managing Creative Enterprises

While pursuing your Creative Industries degree you may wish to combine it with a minor that enhances your career preparations. A minor is a grouping of six courses that will uniquely complement your degree by adding knowledge and skills in a related field.  These are among the minors available to students who wish to devote some of their open and breadth electives toward this goal:

  • Accounting
  • eBusiness
  • Economics
  • English
  • Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Global Management
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Politics
  • Public Administration
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

For a full list of Minors and the current Minor Policy please see the Minors Policy/Minors page in the current Academic Calendar.

Course descriptions are available in the Ryerson Academic Calendar

Detailed outlines will be available shortly after the start of term. 


1. Contribute productively to the Creative Industries

a) Critically analyze and synthesize knowledge of the cultural, economic, legal, political, and technological environments in which the Creative Industries function,

b) Recommend how Creative Industries as sectors or as individual enterprises should best manage interactions with cultural, economic, legal, governmental and technical spheres and work confidently with industry, government and community organizations in the Canadian and international contexts

2. Demonstrate an entrepreneurial capacity

a) Engage in independent learning

b) Transform creative ideas into commercial products and services through the application of business and management concepts and practices applicable to media and cultural production

3. Facilitate the work of artists, writers, designers and media makers

a) Apply an integrated knowledge of creative and production processes (both individual and system-base to facilitate the work of artists, writers, designers and media makers

b) Develop strategies to access funding and investments; to facilitate the work of artists, writers, designers and media makers,

c) Recognize and respond to future challenges and opportunities in their sectors including technological change to facilitate the work of artists, writers, designers and media makers.

4. Communicate

a) Communicate verbally within and to creative enterprises, academia and industry effectively and persuasively

b) Communicate in written form, within and to creative enterprises, academia and industry effectively and persuasively

c) Communicate by preparing and conducting presentations using a range of appropriate media, within and to creative enterprises, academia, and industry effectively and persuasively

5. Conduct research relevant to cultural and industry issues

a) Formulate appropriate research questions and conceptual frameworks; employing appropriate data collection techniques

b) Apply appropriate quantitative tools and methodologies and/or

c) Apply appropriate qualitative tools and methodologies

6. Implement and manage projects

a) Problem-solve to implement and manage projects

b) Team build to implement and manage projects

c) Negotiate to implement and manage projects

d) Work within a collaborative practice to implement and manage projects

7. Apply skills and knowledge

a) Critically evaluate the aesthetic quality of creative works

b) Apply fundamental business and management skills within organizations and as entrepreneurs,

c) Integrate an aesthetic sensibility and business acumen to the practical realities of production, promotion, and distribution of commercial or non-commercial cultural products with an understanding of the theoretical and historical underpinnings of one or more creative industry sectors;

d) Recognize when more information is required to address the limits of one’s own knowledge, abilities, and analyses and determine appropriate next steps

8. Autonomy, Professional Capacity, and Social Responsibility

a) Develop a personal plan for continuing development of professional skills and flexible ongoing career paths

b) Act as socially responsible citizens with integrity and strong ethical mores

c) Work towards creating diverse and inclusive cultural opportunities accessible to all

Student Awards

Awards will be presented at a luncheon on in November (details to be announced), where recipients will have the opportunity to meet the generous donors of their awards.

This award was created by Shannon Robertson and James Young to honour the memory of Rosemary Reid, and to support a Creative Industries student (who has completed an RTA module). This award recognizes the light and life Rosemary brought to her RTA cohort. The Rosemary Reid Memorial Award goes to the student who does the same for her or his cohort: bringing kindness, consideration, warmth and enthusiasm to the program and to his or her classmates – which can make all the difference, as those of us who were lucky enough to know Rosemary Reid well know.

Award schedule: Annual, commencing in the 2019/2020 academic year

Application deadline: Fall - Friday the 15th of November 2019, 16:00 PM

Amount of award: 1 x $2,500

Full details, eligibility & application, see PDF filethe Rosemary Reid Memorial Award, external link guidance document. 

The Ted Riley Scholarships in Global Licensing and Distribution will be awarded to the two full-time Creative Industries students who demonstrate a deep understanding of Global Licensing and Distribution. Two awards will be presented annually to students who have completed CRI 820 with the highest grade (in either the spring or winter terms of the prior academic year).

Award schedule: Twice annually, commencing in the 2019/2020 academic year

Application deadline: n/a

Amount of award: 2 x $1,000

Full details, eligibility & application: Automatically awarded to the highest grade. In case of a tie students will be asked to submit a 300-500 word statement about their personal interest in global distribution and what ideas they took away from the course.

These awards have been established by the School of Creative Industries to recognize student achievement in each year of study. There are four awards available each year to the students who:

  • Award #1: Have the highest CGPA of all First Year Creative Industries Students
  • Award #2: Have the highest CGPA of all Second Year Creative Industries Students
  • Award #3: Have the highest CGPA of all Third Year Creative Industries Students
  • Award #4: Have the highest CGPA of all Fourth Year Creative Industries Students (presented at Convocation)

Award schedule: Annual, presented each year at Creative Industries Orientation (unless otherwise noted.)

Application deadline: n/a

Amount of award: $ 100.00 ea

Full details, eligibility & application: Automatically awarded to the highest CGPA, no application necessary

International Opportunities

Looking to broden your horizons? Whether it's a semester long international exchange or a class abroad, Creative Industries has plenty of international oppourtunities for you.