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Ryerson Masters in Film + Photo Preservation and Collections Management


The intensive, two-year graduate program assumes that a film or photographic preservation specialist or collections manager must be acquainted with the materials of film/photography, with its history, the social and cultural conditions of its production, and the critical and theoretical conceptions that inform its reception. Thirteen half-year courses, an internship, and a professional practice project/thesis are designed to provide students with a graduate program in which historical knowledge, practical experience, and professional education are fully integrated. Course offerings in the graduate program include seminars in photographic and film materials and history, and issues of curatorial practice and practicums taught by Ryerson faculty who are preservation and conservation specialists. Students complete an internship using archives and special collections in the third term of this 6 term program. 


The first year of study is undertaken at Ryerson University and an Internship location. In the second year, there is a term of fall courses at Ryerson, and then students will have access to the collections and archives in such local institutions as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ryerson Image Centre, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the Archives of Modern Conflict, the Media Commons or locations further abroad as listed in the residency/field placement partners


Upon satisfactory completion of course work and other requirements of the graduate program, students are awarded the degree of MASTER OF ARTS in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management. 

Candidacy for the master’s degree requires satisfactory completion of 13 required half-year courses, 1 elective, an internship, and a professional practice project/thesis.