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Admission to the MFA program


Join us for our next INFORMATION SESSION:  TBA - Feb 2018


2018 Admissions:

The online application for the Fall 2018 cohort will open in late October 2017 and the first consideration deadline for the program will be Monday January 22, 2018.


Further information about deadline dates, English language proficiency and the online application can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.  

Minimum Academic Requirement

  • Four-year (honours) Bachelor's degree, or equivalent
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 / 4.33 (B), or equivalent, in the final half of the program

Statement of Interest & Project Proposal

You are required to submit a brief statement (about 500 - 700 words in length) that should address the following:

  • your reasons for graduate study in Documentary Media;
  • a proposal of the project you plan to complete in the program;
  • how your previous studies and experience have prepared you for the MFA program; and
  • your career objectives and how the MFA program relates to them.


Please submit an updated résumé and highlight how your previous studies and experiences have prepared you for graduate study at Ryerson University.

Letters of Recommendation

Two Letters of Recommendation are required for each application. The two recommendations should be from academic referees - former professors or research supervisors familiar with applicant’s abilities. One recommendation may be substituted with a professional letter from a previous employer. Referees names and contact information are entered during the online application process. They will be contacted directly via email by the Graduate Admissions Office for the recommendation.

Visual Portfolio Submission   

Depending on your area of interest, please submit work in ONE of the following three disciplines below.  If you are currently working in more than one discipline, you may submit a combination of the three disciplines.

Note:  Applicants who have had only minimal experience in Film, Photography or New Media may submit a written sample of a work of original, creative nonfiction (maximum length 1500 words) in addition to or in lieu of a visual portfolio.


I.  Submitting Photographs or Photo-based Images

Please us method A or B for portfolio submission:

A) Web-based Image Portfolio:

For the “Portfolio” section of your application, upload a short .pdf document with your name and the website address (URL) of your images formatted as per below.  In this document also include a brief statement about the project/ or projects and an image list.  Please ensure the URL provided is accurate and working.

  • 10-15 digital images, in jpeg format with a resolution of 72 dpi and with maximum dimensions of 2000 pixels on the longest side. Files should be no more than 1 mb in .jpeg format.
  • An image list including the corresponding number, title, dimensions, and date for each piece.
  • The online or uploaded .pdf image file names should include a title, and begin with the number that corresponds with your hard copy image list (ex: 01title.jpg, 02title.jpg). 


B) Uploaded Image Portfolio (.pdf format):

For the “Portfolio” section of your application, upload a .pdf document with your name, a brief statement about the project/ or projects and the 10 – 15 images incorporated with the image list.  

  • 10-15 digital images, in jpeg format saved in a .pdf document
  • An image list including the corresponding number, title, dimensions, and date for each piece. 



II.  Submitting Film and Video Materials

Please include the following:

  • The portfolio should consist of an excerpt of a film or video work 5 minutes in duration posted as a public Vimeo or YouTube file. If the file is not public, make sure to include the corresponding password. An additional 5 minutes may be included, and will be considered as part of the portfolio review process if your application reaches the shortlist stage. The excerpt should be from a project in which you have had a significant amount of creative control.
  • The uploaded .pdf portfolio document should include your name, the title of the work and the link to the Vimeo or YouTube address (password if required), a brief synopsis of the work, the circumstances of production, and the role played by you in its production.


III.  Submitting Interactive/ Web-based Work 

Please include the following:

  • Provide a URL where the portfolio of work can be found.
  • Documentation of an interactive piece can also be presented in photographic form (see Submitting Still Images above) or via Vimeo or You Tube (5 min). If the file is not public, please provide the corresponding password.
  • Upload a.pdf document including a brief statement about the project.  


To review a listing of all required documents, please refer to the following page on the Graduate Admissions website: Prepare Your Application