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About Image Arts


Founded in 1948, Toronto Metropolitan University's (formerly Ryerson University) 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 Image Arts Film Festival (IMAFF),, external link Maximum Exposure (MaxEx),, external link and Doc Now,, external link 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. 

Creativity is...sharing new ways to look at the world.

The Creative School

Image Arts is a part of the The Creative School - a dynamic faculty that is making a difference in new, unexplored ways. Made up of Canada‚Äôs top professional schools and transdisciplinary hubs in media, communication, design and cultural industries, The Creative School offers students an unparalleled global experience in the heart of downtown Toronto.

Additional graduate programs of study are available in Communication & Culture, Documentary Media, Fashion, Journalism, Media Production, Photographic Preservation and Collections Management, and Professional Communication. The Creative School also houses the Rogers Communications Centre which provides an innovative and technical environment to study and research different aspects of media and society.

Learn more about The Creative School

Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University)

Toronto Metropolitan University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-focused education and a university clearly on the move. It is a distinctly urban university with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Toronto Metropolitan University has a mission to serve societal need and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community.