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Courses

The first two semestes of study are undertaken at Ryerson University, followed by a summer Internship. The second year begins with a term at Ryerson University. The students then take up a six month field placement (residency) in a local, national or International collecting institution.

Visit the Professional Experience page for details.

Candidacy for the master’s degree requires satisfactory completion of 11 required half-year courses, an internship, a field placement (residency), and a professional practice project/thesis. 

Upon satisfactory completion of the program requirements, students are awarded the degree of Master of Arts in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management

 

Choose your class below for course breakdown by year/term.

Film Preservation - Year One

Fall 2019

Winter 2020

Spring/Summer 2020

PP8110
Cataloguing and Registration Methods
PP8102
Research Methods
PP8010
Internship Seminar
PP8150
History of Film
PP8107
Digital Applications for Collections Management
 
PP8151
Film Materials and Processes
PP8156
Film Production Processes
 
PP8154
Early Film and its Preservation
PP8207
Digital Preservation and Curation
 

Film Preservation - Year Two

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

Spring/Summer 2021

PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8153
Management of Film Collections
Field Placement (Residency) Field Placement (Residency)
PP8155
Issues in Film Curation & Exhibition
Research Phase of MRP/Thesis MRP/Thesis 
PP8206
Orphan Films
   

Photography Preservation - Year One

Fall 2019

Winter 2020

Spring/Summer 2020

PP8100
History of Photography I
PP8102
Research Methods
PP8010
Internship Seminar
PP8103
Photographic Collections
PP8106
Photographic Materials and Processes: The 20th Century
 
PP8104
Photographic Materials and Processes: The 19th Century
PP8107
Digital Applications for Collections Management
 
PP8110
Cataloguing and Registration Methods
PP8207
Digital Preservation and Curation
 

Photography Preservation - Year Two

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

Spring/Summer 2021

PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8108
History of Photography II
Field Placement (Residency) Field Placement (Residency)
PP8109
Photographic Preservation
Research Phase of MRP/Thesis MRP/Thesis
PP8111
Exhibition and Publication of Photographs
   

Film Preservation - Year One

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

Spring/Summer 2021

PP8110
Cataloguing and Registration Methods
PP8102
Research Methods
PP8010
Internship Seminar
PP8150
History of Film
PP8107
Digital Applications for Collections Management
 
PP8151
Film Materials and Processes
PP8153
Management of Film Collections
 
PP8154
Early Film and its Preservation
PP8156
Film Production Processes
 

Film Preservation - Year Two

Fall 2021

Winter 2022

Spring/Summer 2022

PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8155
Issues in Film Curation & Exhibition
Field Placement (Residency) Field Placement (Residency)
PP8206
Orphan Films
Research Phase of MRP/Thesis MRP/Thesis 
PP8207
Digital Preservation
   

Photography Preservation - Year One

Fall 2020

Winter 2021

Spring/Summer 2021

PP8100
History of Photography I
PP8102
Research Methods
PP8010
Internship Seminar
PP8103
Photographic Collections
PP8106
Photographic Materials and Processes: The 20th Century
 
PP8104
Photographic Materials and Processes: The 19th Century
PP8107
Digital Applications for Collections Management
 
PP8110
Cataloguing and Registration Methods
PP8109
Photographic Preservation
 

Photography Preservation - Year Two

Fall 2021

Winter 2022

Spring/Summer 2022

PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
PP8108
History of Photography II
Field Placement (Residency) Field Placement (Residency)
PP8111
Exhibition and Publication of Photographs
Research Phase of MRP/Thesis MRP/Thesis
PP8207
Digital Preservation
   

Film Preservation - Year One

Fall 2021

Winter 2022

Spring/Summer 2022

PP8110
Cataloguing and Registration Methods
PP8102
Research Methods
PP8010
Internship Seminar
PP8150
History of Film
PP8107
Digital Applications for Collections Management
 
PP8151
Film Materials and Processes
PP8153
Management of Film Collections
 
PP8154
Early Film and its Preservation
PP8156
Film Production Processes
 

Film Preservation - Year Two

Fall 2022

Winter 2023

Spring/Summer 2023

PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
Field Placement (Residency) Field Placement (Pass/Fail)
PP8155
Issues in Film Curation & Exhibition
Research Phase of MRP/Thesis MRP/Thesis
PP8206
Orphan Films
   
PP8153
Management of Film Collections
   

Photo Preservation - Year One

Fall 2021

Winter 2021

Spring/Summer 2022

PP8100
History of Photography I
PP8102
Research Methods
PP8010
Internship Seminar
PP8103
Photographic Collections
PP8106
Photographic Materials and Processes: The 20th Century
 
PP8104
Photographic Materials and Processes: The 19th Century
PP8107
Digital Applications for Collections Management
 
PP8110
Cataloguing and Registration Methods
PP8109
Photographic Presentation
 

Photo Preservation - Year Two

Fall 2022

Winter 2022

Spring/Summer 2023

PP8001
MRP/Thesis Development Seminar
Field Placement (Residency) Field Placement (Pass/Fail)
PP8108
History of Photography II
Research Phase of MRP/Thesis MRP/Thesis
PP8111
Exhibition and Publication of Photographs
   
PP8207
Digital Preservation
   

Course Descriptions

Field Placement (Residency)

The Field Placement provides opportunities for students to earn a university credit for relevant work experience at the F+PPCM program’s diverse partner institutions. It allows students to apply the theoretical and historical knowledge gained in the academic component of their studies to procedures and practices in museums, archives and libraries to acquire professional collections management and research skills, to participate in institutional projects and to gain appropriate work experience. This is a milestone.

 

MRP/Thesis

The MRP/Thesis provides opportunities to explore an aspect of film or photographic history, its preservation, or a related museum/collection management practice. The project is a sustained investigation and critical study, either an applied project or an academic argument, that includes a discussion of a research question, situates that research within the appropriate intellectual and historical context, draws upon relevant theories and literature, and provides a technical or methodological analysis. This is a milestone.

 

PP8010 - Internship Seminar

While enrolled in the internship at Ryerson, under the direction of a Ryerson faculty supervisor, the student will participate in the current activities or long-term plans of an institution. The internship is normally a minimum of eight and a maximum of twelve consecutive weeks in length. Students are strongly encouraged to undertake their internship during their third term. Students will present the results of the internship in their fourth term.

 

PP8001 - MRP/Thesis Development Seminar

This course is designed to assist the student with the development of her or his MRP/Thesis through the proposal, preliminary bibliography, outline, timetable, and oral report stages. The course is based on the premise that the successful conception, execution, and completion of an MRP/Thesis is a systematic process, one that is developed over a period of time in identifiable stages, each building upon the previous ones. The course is practical in its orientation and is tailored to the needs of each student.

 

PP8102 - Research Methods

This course complements material presented in previous courses and provides theoretical and methodological foundations for conducting graduate research in the history, preservation, and conservation of photographs. The course addresses research design, bibliographic construction, cataloguing and archival methods, content and process analysis, textual analysis, historiography, and documentary research.

 

PP8107 - Digital Applications for Collection Management

This course will investigate current theories and practices for the digital capture and representation of film and photographic archival materials. It will provide students with practical experience using digital technologies that facilitate the preservation of and access to both private and public collections. Management software and automation are explored in detail.

 

PP8110 - Cataloguing and Registration Methods

This course provides an overview of the purpose and function of collection cataloguing and registration. It includes an overview of the function of registration and cataloguing staff, developing cataloguing systems, the roles and usage of collections management database technology, collections management procedures, shipping and receiving, insurance and condition reports. Analogue and digital collections management methodologies are discussed.

 

PP8207 - Digital Preservation

This course will investigate current theories and practices for the preservation of both digitized and born-digital materials. Students will learn how digital repositories work, and what infrastructure and procedures make up a digital repository. They will gain practical skills in identifying file formats, risk assessment of digital collections, and knowledge of relevant software and preservation-related metadata. Emphasis will be placed on how archivists interact with these repositories as part of their preservation practice.

PP8150 - History of Film

This course provides a survey of the principle types of film (documentary, fiction, experimental film) and their evolution. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the medium’s history from early experiments to the present. It provides an examination of motion picture film’s development and its impact on society as both a cultural and sociological phenomenon. It also familiarizes students with existing histories of film, and addresses some of the problems of defining a visual history through film collections. The course will emphasize the evolution of documentary and avant-garde film in Canada, highlighting the traditions of Griersonian documentary and cinema-verité in Canada. Theory is introduced to provide a critical context for discussion of these issues.

 

PP8151 – Film Materials and Processes

This course provides a detailed investigation of the history and practice of major motion picture film processes, including process germane to film restoration, such as: wet-gate printing, optical printing, digital image restoration, digital sound restoration, and redimensioning.

 

PP8153 – Management of Film Collections

This course is concerned with moving image (film, videotape, audio-visual digital materials) collections as specialized repositories of historical knowledge and cultural values. This course examines issues surrounding the management and the accessibility of moving image materials, apparatus and ephemera in specific contexts. Through visits to local collections, it studies different types of public and private moving image collections as reflections of governmental, commercial, cultural, and community needs, and describes their histories, purposes, intellectual organization, and physical management.

 

PP8154 – Early Film and its Preservation

This course aims to provide an introduction to the first decade of motion pictures and the developments which helped shape the cinema’s subsequent form. It examines the optical devices of the early 1800’s, early experiments in motion capture and the work of Thomas Edison and Lumiere brothers as well as William Dickenson, Georges Melies, Birt Acres and others. Key collections of early film, such as the Library of Congress Paper Print collections will be discussed.

 

PP8155 – Issues in Film Curation and Exhibition

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of issues and policies related to the curation and exhibition of film. It covers preservation issues involved in preparing, handling, monitoring, and circulating films for viewing, as well as copyright and reproduction issues. The course explores the practices around film exhibitions at galleries, museums, artist-run centres and specialty film societies. The importance of exhibiting film prints will be stressed.

 

PP8156 – Film Production Processes

A survey of film/media production processes for film archivists. The changing technologies of film making will be explored, including a history of colour processes and sound formats with a view to assessing the implications of these different technologies for moving picture archivists.

 

PP8206 –Orphan Films

The Library of Congress’s 1993 film preservation study drew attention to the preservation needs of unprotected materials, often termed “orphan films.” Orphan films include many newsreels, regional documentaries, avant-garde and independent productions, amateur works, and scientific and anthropological footage. To a large degree, the preservation of these films has fallen to nonprofit and public organizations. This course will examine the role of such films as a factor in the growing appreciation of film as a cultural and historical document, and collections policies of libraries, museums and archives in regard to this category of film works.

PP8100 - History of Photography I

This course provides a survey of the medium's history from early experiments to present. It provides an overview of photography's development and its impact on society as both a cultural and sociological phenomenon. It also familiarizes students with existing histories of photography, and addresses some of the problems of defining a visual history through photographic collections. Photographic theory is introduced to provide a critical context for discussion of these issues.

 

PP8103 - Photographic Collections

This course is concerned with photographic collections as specialized repositories of historical knowledge and cultural value. It identifies different types of public and private photographic collections as reflections of governmental, commercial, cultural, and societal needs, and describes their histories, purposes, intellectual organization, and physical management. The course includes the history of the preservation movement and explains the relationship of preservation to conservation both historically and today.

 

PP8104 - Photographic Materials and Processes: The 19th Century

This course provides detailed investigation of the history and practice of major nineteenth century photographic negative and positive processes, including photogenic drawings, calotypes, cased images (daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, and tintypes), wet-plate collodion negatives, and albumen prints through lectures, practical demonstrations, darkroom and studio experimentation, and relevant historical literature.

 

PP8106 - Photographic Materials and Processes: The 20th Century

This course provides detailed investigation of the history and practice of major twentieth century photographic negative and positive processes, including platinum prints, gum bichromate prints, gelatin silver negatives and prints, and colour negatives and prints through lectures, practical demonstrations, darkroom and studio experimentation, and relevant historical literature.

 

PP8108 - History of Photography II

Using the collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Ryerson Image Centre as its basis, this seminar provides the forum for students to investigate specific historical, cultural, or artistic issues arising out the history of photography. This course allows students to gain a greater understanding of history of the medium through detailed examination and interpretation of original materials. Issues of museum collecting and curating are also explored throughout the course.

 

PP8109 - Photographic Preservation

This course provides an overview of the history of philosophy, ethics, concerns, and methods of preservation. It covers materials, tools, sources of supply, and methods of providing protection for photographs through proper mounting, housing, and stabilization procedures. It also covers the purposes and procedures for compiling standard condition reports, and conducting preservation surveys. Students will also be introduced to conservation procedures in order to facilitate their interaction with conservators and their practices.

 

PP8111 - Exhibition and Publication of Photographs

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of issues and policies related to the exhibition and publication of photographs. It covers preservation issues involved in preparing, installing, monitoring, and circulating photographic exhibitions, as well as copyright and reproduction issues. Digital applications and issues are also discussed.