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The School of Image Arts delivers comprehensive undergraduate and graduate education in the linked disciplines of film, photography and integrated digital. The curriculum embraces a balance of theory and practice, fine art and commercial production, while nourishing critical thinking and freedom of expression. Each program recognizes the vital contribution of art, design, visual and critical studies intheir respective fields of specialization.

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Image Arts alumna Natalia Dolan and Anishinaabe artist Caroline Brown photographed the nature at the Toronto Islands to tie back to Taddle Creek, which ran through campus in the 1800s. Video credit: Mark Samy

Ryerson film student wins 2020 Glenn Gould Protégé Prize, external link
Ojibwe filmmaker Victoria Anderson-Gardner selected by Glenn Gould Prize winner Alanis Obomsawin

Alia Youssef - Awarded Ryerson University Gold Medal for FCAD

Congratulations to IMA Documentary Media graduate, Alia Youssef, who's been awarded the Ryerson University Gold Medal Award for The Creative School! The honour recognizes Alia's outstanding academic & extra-curricular accomplishments.

Congratulations to Christopher Donovan
Image Arts: Documentary Media

Winner of the 2021 New Generation Photography Award. , external link, opens in new window


The School of Image Arts - run two in-house gallery spaces (Image Factory, external link and Gallery 310, external link) and the Ryerson Artspace, external link, opens in new window that offers students an impressive, off-campus place to exhibit their work. 

Image Factory
Gallery 310
Ryerson Artspace

Image Arts Info

Why Image Arts at Ryerson?

Most people can shoot a video or snap a photo with their phone, but not everyone can create imagery that transcends the frame, moving viewers to action and emotion. It’s a craft — one that skilled filmmakers and photographers use to produce works of art that can be shocking, funny, infuriating, satirical, but most of all, inspiring. The world needs these image-makers, to share information and tell stories.

Careers in film and photography give you the opportunity for creative control — your choice of equipment, technique, lighting, and post production all affect the way your work is perceived. Perfecting these arts is not easy, but can be extremely fulfilling.

Working with imagery, you will develop a deep knowledge and working expertise of fine arts and hone skills that are transferrable across a wide variety of industries. Taking a piece of work form concept to production requires critical thinking and the ability to collaborate with colleagues. You will also gain a keen business sense, as you promote and sell your work, learn to stick to tight budgets and deadlines, and attract funding through sponsorships and grants.

As an image-maker, you will get to tell meaningful stories, often on your terms. You will be a versatile, entrepreneurial and creative contributor to society. 

IMA Hours of Operation

Film and photography majors in their third year of studies can choose to enrol in the Integrated Digital (ID) Option. Comprised of studio and lecture courses in image-based media and visual studies, the ID Option takes students beyond film and photography, teaching skills in areas such as multi-channel, titling, web based image book design, soundscapes and visual effects.

Integrated Digital

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), external link, opens in new window is an on-campus venue that exhibits work by Ryerson students, graduates and talented artists from outside the community. It’s a premier venue for artist talks, exhibitions and image-related events that attract leaders from the city’s art scene. 

Ryerson Image Centre

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Student Showcase

RUFF 2021

DOC NOW | 2019

University of Brighton/Ryerson University 2020 Photography Exchange Exhibition 

Ryerson Image Arts - Exchange Video

University of Brighton - Exchange Video

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Function Photo Credit: Meagan Dickie
4th yr Photography student