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Media Production (MA)

Students in the media production lab in the RTA School of Media

Program Overview

Format: Full-time

Degree Earned: Master of Arts

Connect, interact, inform and inspire, while exploring the theoretical, economic, creative and cultural structures that influence how media is produced and disseminated.

Built on 65 years of broadcasting and media production success through Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, this program provides the perfect balance of theory, creative practice and industry connections. Students study traditional and innovative media forms, outlets and technologies in order to tell compelling stories that reach a diverse audience. They include future media production professionals of all stripes, who have access to industry insiders, award-winning faculty, media executives, and distinguished visiting professors and content creators.

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Student wearing headphones with two camera operators in the Media Production recording studio

At a Glance

  • Completion of a four-year bachelor’s degree, preferably in a media-related field
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) or equivalent of 3.00/4.33 (B) in the last two years of study
  • Statement of interest
  • Two letters of recommendation, at least one of which must be academic
  • Written or audio/visual/multimedia portfolio
  • Resumé/CV

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Connect, interact, inform and inspire, while exploring the theoretical, economic, creative and cultural structures that infl uence how media is produced and disseminated. Our program challenges students to study traditional and innovative media forms, outlets and technologies in order to tell compelling stories that reach a diverse audience. Students will gain advanced research skills through the completion of an original written or creative major research project. 

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Head to Los Angeles for a two-week media intensive workshop at UCLA. Meet industry professionals, participate in onsite visits to production studios and gain insights through panel discussions and activities with producers, writers, literary agents and network executives.

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

Program Administrator

Telephone: 416-979-5000, ext. 2785
Email: mediaprod@ryerson.ca
ryerson.ca/fcad/programs/graduate

Graduate Studies Admissions Office

11th Floor, 1 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON
Telephone: 416-979-5150
Fax: 416-979-5153
E-mail: grdadmit@ryerson.ca
www.ryerson.ca/gradstudies/future-students

“This master’s program gave me access to the creative resources, the right network and the education I need in order to become a successful producer.”

Marwa Siam-Abdou, MA alumna
Photo: Kevin Shaw (RTA ’03, Media Production ’10) incubated TellMeTV (formerly Zagga Entertainment) at the DMZ.

Student Profile

Kevin Shaw (media production alumnus) developed the world’s first video-on-demand service for blind and partially sighted people.

student working at a desk

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.

Funding

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.