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Please note: updated grade ranges for 2019/2020 will be added to the program pages as they become available.

Image Arts: Film Studies (BFA)

Is It for You?

Learn visual and storytelling skills to create short and long films: documentary, fiction and experimental. Work in teams in a studio setting to produce professional-level projects. Gain experience in all areas of filmmaking: writing, directing, producing, cinematography, sound, art direction and editing at Canada's oldest and most prestigious film program.

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements
Portfolio, project outline, resumé, written statement

 Co-op Option

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for Fall 2019 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Where You Belong

As budding storytellers, Image Arts: Film Studies alumni, Walter and Patrick, appreciated classes that allowed for creative control over screen and script writing, and motivated them to craft new ideas. “It’s often times very scary to put pen to paper; it’s very scary to get people together to make a movie. The best thing about a place like Ryerson is that there are all these classes and assignments and reasons you have to go out there and do it.”


Where You Belong: Walter and Patrick's Story 

Distinctive Learning

Film industry internships; work with professional actors; produce a “show reel” to present to future employers; interact with working filmmakers who visit Ryerson’s School of Image Arts.

After Graduation

Harness creativity and the experience gained to work as an independent filmmaker, in commercials and in music video production; become a cinematographer or camera assistant, editor, sound recordist, assistant director or art department assistant; work in film festivals, distribution and exhibition companies. Pursue a graduate degree in film or a related field. The School of Image Arts offers two programs: a master of fine arts in documentary media, and a master of arts in film and photography preservation and collections management.

What You Need to Know

Domestic Fees Range: $7,049 - $7,770
International Fees Range: $27,284 - $27,904

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher pre-requisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/Anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • The minimum grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

Do not submit non-academic material until after you have submitted your application for admission and accessed your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. You will receive an Acknowledgement email that will include your Ryerson Student Number. Your Ryerson Student Number must be clearly printed on all non-academic materials you submit.

Your non-academic requirements, listed below, are due by February 1, 2019 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

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