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Student Resources

The School of Image Arts (IMA) contains a full range of production facilities. These include computer labs equipped with a range of software, black and white darkrooms, nonlinear editing suites, a sound stage and lighting studio.

Equipment for location work is also available for sign-out. 

IMA Technical Operations: 

To see a list of equipment and reserve/sign out equipment, please see the School of Image Arts Technical Operations website, opens in new window.

Phone: (416) 979-5000 ext 6845 / 6867

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) exists for the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. We are an active partner within the academic fabric of Ryerson University, the cultural network of greater Toronto, and the national and international artistic community.

Peter Higdon Research Centre

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) has a collection of over 160,000 slides, films, and media presentations, as well as nearly 3000 photographic prints illustrating the history of art and photography across three centuries.

The Black Star Collection

Assembled over a period of eighty years at the Black Star photo agency in New York City, the photographs in the Black Star Collection describe the personalities, events and conflicts of the twentieth century. In 2005, the Black Star Collection was gifted to Ryerson University by an anonymous donor. In receiving this gift, the university has been entrusted with preserving these photographs and making them accessible to the public through exhibition and publication.

The Black Star Collection at Ryerson University includes more than a quarter of a million photographs created by more than 6,000 different image-makers, many of them acknowledged as individuals who helped define picture journalism as it evolved throughout the twentieth century. Working collaboratively in New York City with the founders and editors of weekly magazines, including Life, Look and the Saturday Evening Post, these photographers established the norms of the published photo-essay. When picture magazines decreased in number, and as clients shifted first to colour and then to digital imagery, the black and white component of the agency’s operations found itself in less commercial demand. At the same time, however, it was assuming increasing importance as an historical archive and visual record, and as a collection of unanticipated artistic significance.

The Ryerson library provides students with access to hundreds of books, journals, film and video, and on-line academic databases. As well as, Technology & Tools through the Digital Media Experienc Lab (DME) technology equipment facility. 

Through the RACER interlibrary loan system, Ryerson students also have access to material from research libraries throughout North America.

Ryerson University Library Digital Repository

The Digital Repository is a space for collecting, preserving, and providing online access to research and teaching materials created by the Ryerson community. Content is openly available to anyone on the web. You can find theses, dissertations, articles, technical reports, working papers, conference papers, etc. within the collection.

Service Hub is your ‘one-stop’ shop for questions about: 

  • tuition and fees
  • student financial assistance (e.g. OSAP)
  • applying to graduate, RAMSS support
  • and more.

Location: POD 150, Podium Building, 350 Victoria Street | Telephone: (416-979-5036):


The Graduate Ryerson Student Union's (GRSU) mission is to empower students and build community on Ryerson’s campus by advocating for your rights, supporting student groups, events and initiatives, and providing discounted services to save you money!

The GRSU is here for you. A platform to encourage collaboration, engagement and empowerment — we are your trusted allies, a resource students can depend on for timely and accurate representation now and in the future. 

The Ryerson Graduate Student Travel Fund is intended to encourage graduate students to present their research at a regional, national or international conference or equivalent academic event. The President’s Office, The Office of Vice President Research and Innovation and the Yeates School of Graduate Studies fund this initiative.

Global Learning Award supports the participation of Ryerson students in international conferences and research opportunities, unpaid international work experiences, and Global Learning Programs Abroad (GLPA) - short-term experiential learning programs led by Ryerson faculty and/or staff members. This award is open to all Ryerson students, while providing priority consideration for students with financial need, first time abroad, first time receiving financial support for international activities through Ryerson and members of underrepresented groups.

The Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) offers free, confidential counselling services in a professional and friendly environment.  Services are provided by a team of psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists and counselling interns.

Services, programs and resources are intended to assist students not only to solve immediate problems, but also to define their personal, educational and career goals, and to acquire the self-confidence and transferable skills necessary for professional success and individual growth. Services are provided on a one-to-one basis or in a group format.

Location: JOR-07C , Jorgenson Hall, 350 Victoria Street

Phone: (416) 979-5195 | Fax: 416-979 5291

Hours of Operation:  Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

Graduate Student Counselling

Feeling overwhelmed by your MRP or thesis? Need someone to talk to? Counselling services are available for graduate students at the YSGS office.

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. 

Visit SLS on the 4th floor of the Student Learning Centre at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. Contact our main office at 416.598.5978 or by email, opens in new window.

Academic Integrity Office

The Academic Integrity Office (AIO) exists to ensure that PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity, opens in new window is carried out in a fair and transparent way and to provide educational resources to the Ryerson community regarding academic integrity and misconduct. The AIO provides guidance and support to students and decision makers and ensures that all parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities. The AIO is neutral with respect to all cases and is neither an advocate for students or faculty nor a decision-maker in the process.

Zone Learning is for anyone who wants to get practical experience in what it takes to build an initiative/venture from the ground-up. You can initiate your own projects or contribute to existing ventures involving faculty, business and community partners. As a graduate student, collaborate with potential users on highly practical applications of your research.

Ryerson has 10 zones, each focuses on a specific industry and offers students access to resources and mentors.

Explore the various services available on campus to support your graduate education.

  • Academic Services
  • Career and Professional Development Services
  • Inclusion and Wellness Services
  • International Student Support
  • Housing Support
  • Learning, Research and Teaching Opportunities

Academic Forms

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) website contains important information that as a Graduate Student is your responsibility to know.

The Graduate Student Guide is the official companion to Ryerson's Graduate Calendar. This online guide summarizes the policies, fees, procedures and services you’ll need to know as a Ryerson graduate student.