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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?


Founded in 1948, Ryerson’s School of Image Arts is the oldest and highest-regarded school of its kind in Canada. Internationally, it is renowned as a destination for study, production and exhibition in film and photography, respected by both academia and industry. A degree from here will ensure you stand out in the world.


There are five longstanding, annual student-run events that allow undergraduate and graduate students to exhibit their work for their peers, friends and industry professionals. The Ryerson University Film Festival (RUFF), external link, opens in new window, Maximum Exposure (MaxEx), external link, opens in new window and Doc Now, external link, opens in new window attract people from around Toronto to see the best student work. This is your chance to be noticed.

Tools and Facilities

Image Arts students have access to industry-grade production and post-production equipment and facilities, including a huge suite of cameras and lenses, photography studios, film editing rooms, non-linear digital editing suites, black-and-white darkrooms, sound stages, audio mixing facilities, mounting and mat-cutting areas, a carpentry workshop and a motion picture lab. 

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

University of Brighton/Ryerson University 2020 Photography Exchange Exhibition 

Ryerson Image Arts - Exchange Video

University of Brighton - Exchange Video

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DOC NOW | 2019

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Function Photo Credit: Meagan Dickie
4th yr Photography student