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Professional Experience

The F+PPCM program has created partnerships with many institutions accross the globe, to offer the best experiential learning opportunities to our students.

Internships

 

The Summer Internship is eight to twelve weeks long and is undertaken between the first and second year of the program.

The internship provides students with their first opportunity to gain professional experience in the field, exposing them to the day-to-day operations of an institution or organization involved in the management of a program-related collection. It gives the students a chance to explore career options.

The F+PPCM program internship partners include dozen of local, national and international institutions and organizations.

FPPCM students working with photographs at a museum.

Amon Carter Museum, external link, opens in new window, Fort Worth, TX

Art Gallery of Ontario, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Art Institute of Chicago, external link, opens in new window, Chicago, IL

British Library, external link, opens in new window, London, UK

Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, external link, opens in new window, Ottawa, ON

Canadian Centre for Architecture, external link, opens in new window, Montréal, QC

Center for Creative Photography, external link, opens in new window, Tuscon, AZ

Chicago History Museum, external link, opens in new window, Chicago, IL

China Media Museum, external link, opens in new window, Beijing, China

Christie’s, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library, external link, opens in new window, Cincinnati, OH

City of Toronto Archives, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Conservation Office of Leisure and Cultural Services, external link, opens in new window - Hong Kong

Curatorial Assistance Inc., external link, opens in new window, Pasedena, CA

Davidson Library UCSB, external link, opens in new window, Santa Barbara, CA

Films We Like, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

The Fox Talbot Museum, external link, opens in new window, Lacock Abbey, England

Gagosian Gallery, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

Gatineau Preservation Centre, external link, opens in new window, Gatineau, QC

Getty Research Institute, external link, opens in new window, Los Angeles, CA

George Eastman House, external link, opens in new window, Rochester, NY

Harry Ransom Centre, external link, opens in new window, Austin, TX

Historic New Orleans Collection, external link, opens in new window, New Orleans, LA

Indiana State Museum, external link, opens in new window, Indianapolis, IN

International Centre for Photography, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

Image Permanence Institute, external link, opens in new window, Rochester, NY

Kodak Canada Archive at Ryerson University Library, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Lumiere Press, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Magnum Photos, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

Museum of Contemporary Photography, external link, opens in new window, Chicago, IL

The Museum of the City of New York, external link, opens in new window, New York , NY

The Museum of Modern Art, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

National Film Board of Canada, external link, opens in new window, Montreal, QC

National Gallery of Art, external link, opens in new window, Washington, D.C.

National Archives of Chile, external link, opens in new window, Santiago, Chile

National Gallery of Canada, external link, opens in new window, Ottawa, ON

National Library and Archives of Canada, external link, opens in new window, Ottawa, ON

Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, external link, opens in new window, Amsterdam

New York Public Library, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

Niagara Custom Film Lab, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Ontario Jewish Archives, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Phillips de Pury, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

Penelope Dixon & Associates, external link, opens in new window, New York, NY

Photographic Preservation Society, Fort Worth, TX

The Rooms: Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador, external link, opens in new window, St. John’s, NL

Royal Ontario Museum, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Sally Mann, external link, opens in new window, Lexington, VA

Sarah Morthland Gallery , New York, NY

Thai Film Archive, external link, opens in new window, Bangkok, Thailand

The Smithsonian - Museum of American History, external link, opens in new window, Washington, DC

The Smithsonian - Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, external link, opens in new window, Washington,DC

Société Française de Photographie, external link, opens in new window, Paris, France

State Library of South Australia, external link, opens in new window, Adeladie,South Australia 

State Historical Museum in Moscow, external link, opens in new window, Russia

Musee d' Orsay, external link, opens in new window, Paris, France

Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, external link, opens in new window, Milan, Italy

TIFF Cinemateque, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, external link, opens in new window, Tokyo, Japan

Toronto Dominion Bank Financial Group, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

Victoria and Albert Museum, external link, opens in new window, London UK

Vtape, external link, opens in new window, Toronto, ON

The Whakatēne Museum & Arts, external link, opens in new window, Whakatēne, New Zealand 

York University- Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections, external link, opens in new window, Toronto ON 

FPPCM students working with film reels.

Residencies

 

The Residency Program is an opportunity for the second year students to spend six-months studying and working in an institution or organization that collects film and/or photographs.

During their residency, students divide their time between working for the institution on relevant tasks and completing a thesis project on objects in the institution’s collection. Residency partners include local and internationally renowned museums, libraries, and archives. 

This is a unique opportunity for students to engage with experts in their field, to build their professional network, to expand their resumés and to prepare themselves for a career.

American Genre Film Archive, Austin (US), external link

University of California at Irvine, California (US), external link

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto (CDN), external link

Canadian War Museum, Ottawa (CDN), external link

Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut (US), external link

EYE Film museum, Amsterdam (NL), external link

Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa (CDN), external link

Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal (CDN), external link

The Cinematheque, Vancouver (CDN), external link

Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (CDN), external link

Victoria & Albert Museum, London (UK), external link

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto (CDN), external link

The Tibetan Museum, Dharamshala (IN), external link

Smithsonian Institution, Washington (US), external link

LIMA, Amsterdam (NL), external link

Canadian Filmmaker Distribution Centre (CFMDC), Toronto (CDN), external link

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (US), external link

New York Historical Society, New York (US), external link

Archives of Ontario, Toronto (CDN), external link

Royal Winter Fair, Toronto (CDN), external link

GLBT Historical society, San Francisco (US), external link

EYE Film museum, Amsterdam (NL), external link

New York Public Library for the Perfoming Arts, New York (US), external link

Archive of Modern Conflict, Toronto (CDN), external link

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (US), external link

Center for Creative Photography, Tucson (US), external link

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (US), external link

Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto (CDN)

Swedish Film Institute, Stockholm (SE), external link

The Cinematheque, Vancouver (CDN), external link

Victoria and Albert Museum, London (UK), external link

Anthology Film Archives, New York/New York City (US), external link

Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal (CDN), external link

Harry Ransom Center, Austin (US), external link

Media Commons, University of Toronto (CDN), external link

National Museum of American History, Washington DC (US), external link

George Eastman House, Rochester (USA), external link

New York Public Library, New York/New York City (USA), external link

Anthology Film Archives, New York/New York City (USA), external link

Harry Ransom Center, Austin (USA), external link

Cinémathèque Québécoise, Montréal (CDN), external link

National Museum of American History, Washington DC (USA), external link

Other Partnerships

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) offers several fellowships for research related to photography. Applications to be announced.

The Nadir Mohamed Postdoctoral Fellowship
$10,000 (for candidates holding a PhD)

The Doina Popescu Fellowship 
$5,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a PhD)

The Howard Tanenbaum Fellowship 
$2,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a Master’s)

The Elaine Ling Fellowship 
$2,000 (for candidates holding or working toward a Master’s)

Research fellows have the opportunity to study select areas of the RIC’s photography collections first-hand. These include the acclaimed Black Star Collection of photo-reportage, with over a quarter-million prints spanning the 20th century; a historic and fine art photography collection; and several archives devoted to the life and work of diverse photographers, including Werner Wolff, Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Jo Spence, and Berenice Abbott.

We also offer access to the Ryerson University Library Archives/Special Collections, which includes additional important resources related to photography, including the archive of Kodak Canada.

Film and video “counter-archives” disrupt conventional national narratives to write difference into public accounts. Resistant and community-based, these archives counter the hegemony of traditional archival institutions that have normally neglected or marginalized women, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBT2Q+ community, and immigrant communities. But film preservation for counter-archives requires a “counter-pedagogy,” where training is paired with student-centred research and professional development. Student archival internships are a significant part of Archives | Counter-Archives, a national-scale multi-year project across Canada.

The Master’s in Film Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University is a special hub of activity in this component of the project, which overall aims to enhance access for Canada’s citizens and Indigenous peoples and other communities to their own audiovisual cultural heritage. Master’s thesis projects are linked to archival partners’ case studies, which are practice-based artistic remediations tied to specific problems around audiovisual preservation and driven by community interests. Student interns are key for achieving community-based goals while building credentials for the future generation of film presentation professionals in Canada. Students are thus central to the project’s work advocating for the needs of community collections, shaped by Indigenous and other protocols around cultural property, sovereignty, and repatriation.

Archives | Counter-Archives offers paid opportunities to two or more film preservation MA students to join the project, if their thesis work overlaps with the research and mandate.

The Paris Workshop for Photography proposes an interdisciplinary, international, and inter-institutional two-week summer program for students working in the history, preservation, conservation, and care of photographic and film collections.

The Paris Workshop for Photography is a unique extra-curricular opportunity to acquaint students with major French institutions and collections including but not limited to:

  • the Bibliothèque Nationale de France
  • the Centre Pompidou
  • the Collections du Centre National du Cinéma
  • the Maison Européenne de la Photographie
  • the Musée d’Orsay
  • the Société Française de Photographie

Students will get the chance to look at collections unavailable to the general public with their curators giving behind-the-scenes access. They will be able to network with French professionals working in archives and museums and to discover Paris as a place of culture where photography and film have a long history and a vibrant contemporary life.

The Paris Workshop for Photography engages students in an international collaboration between photography and film communities in Toronto and Paris.

NOTE: The Paris Workshop for Photography is an extra-curricular option for students, organized by faculty in the F+PPCM program, but it is not for course credit. Students are responsible for any costs associated with the workshop (ie: travel, accommodation, etc).

Curator displays a small vintage photograph to workshop attendees.
Curator displays a large scale photograph in the storage archival facility.