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Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management (MA)

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Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts

Film and photography preservation has been redefined by digital technologies. Responding to these dramatic changes, Ryerson’s F+PPCM program provides a rigorous and intensive professional education of applied and theoretical courses in the history, technology and intellectual organization of image and audiovisual collections. The only program of its kind in the world, F+PPCM offers a curriculum developed and delivered by a range of specialists, from historians and practitioners of photo- and film-based media to museum, library and archive professionals. The two-year course of study includes an internship and a second-year residency in a growing list of international partner museums and institutions.

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At a Glance

  • Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited institution
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00/4.33 (B or equivalent) in the last two years of study
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be academic
  • Statement of interest
  • Resumé/CV

More information on how to apply.

For detailed graduate tuition and fees information please visit Fees by Program.

For information on scholarships, awards and financing your graduate studies visit Financing Your Studies.

Our unique curriculum is developed and delivered by a range of specialists, from historians of photography and fi lm to museum, library and archival professionals. Students will gain advanced research skills by completing an original written or creative thesis.

Work with a cultural institution on projects such as exhibition development, collections research, digital cataloguing initiatives or preservation planning and implementation.

Apply to work as a Research Assistant or Grad Teaching Assistant. Program funding is awarded to top candidates.

Launch your career with an exclusive six-month residency with one of our partners, including:

  • Anthology Film Archives, New York City
  • Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
  • Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
  • Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam
  • Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London

A shared resource at Ryerson, the RIC is a world-class institution, offering exhibition programming and a research centre. Notable works include the renowned Black Star Collection and the artists’ archives of Berenice Abbott, Wendy Snyder MacNeil, Jo Spence and Werner Wolff.

Graduate Admissions

Admissions information and how to apply

Graduate Studies Admissions Office
11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153

For information specific to programs please see the program contact information below.

Program Contacts

Marta Braun
Graduate Program Director
M.A. (magna cum laude), Media Study, State University of New York
Research areas: Chronophotography, particularly the work of E.J. Marey and Eadweard Muybridge.
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6875

Daniel Garcia
Graduate Program Administrator
Telephone: 416-979-5000 ext. 4839
Fax: 416-979-5153

“This program offers the rare opportunity to learn from professionals in the classroom and to work in institutions locally and around the world on many different archival and preservation projects.”

TJ Alston, MA alumnus
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Student Profile, external link

Cat Lachowskyj (film + photography preservation and collections management MA alumna and 2016-17 Ryerson Gold Medal recipient) shares how the unique program curriculum gave her a new set of practical skills to use in applying academic theory.

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How to Apply

Once you’ve made an informed choice about which program(s) you are going to apply to, preparing your application requires careful research and planning.


At Ryerson, we understand that pursuing graduate studies is a significant financial investment. Funding comes from a combination of employment contracts (as a teaching assistant), scholarships, awards and stipends. There are a number of additional funding sources – internal and external – available to graduate students that can increase these funding levels.

Finding a Supervisor

Students should apply to the program first. Applications that meet the minimum requirements of the program will be forwarded to faculty members in the program for review. Successful applicants will be invited to visit the program and meet with faculty members that are interested in supervising them as a graduate student in their research group. A matching system is used to find the best students/supervisor match (using input from both applicants and faculty members). After a suitable match is determined, an official offer of admission will be sent with the supervisor named in the offer.