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Image Arts: Film Studies (BFA)

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.”


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Is It for You?

Learn the technical and storytelling skills needed to produce short and long films in Canada’s most prestigious film program. In this hands-on program, you’ll gain experience in all areas of filmmaking including writing, directing, producing, cinematography, sound, art direction and editing, combined with film history and critical theory. Intensify your education by learning from working filmmakers, completing an internship, and accessing Canada’s largest teaching collection of film materials. In third year, you can pursue the Integrated Digital option to focus on digital media through collaborative, specialized production and technical courses.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts

 Grade Range

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

 Experiencial Learning

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 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.

Tuition and Fees 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $7,046 - $7,814
International Fees Range: $28,638 - $29,611

For detailed fees information visit Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

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 prerequisite 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.

Non-Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting competitive academic requirements, you are required to submit the following non-academic requirements. Your ability to follow and adhere to the requirements is part of the assessment of your application. 

 Your non-academic requirements are due by February 1, 2021 or 10 business days from your application submission date, whichever comes later.

The theme for this year is "TRANSFORMATION" (please take this broadly and metaphorically).

Choose option one or two:

1) Slide Show (Video): Submit a selection of six examples of visual work (photographs, drawings, paintings, computer-generated prints, or photos of sculptures or other artwork - please do not include still frames captured from videos, etc.), accompanied by a soundscape that illustrates this theme. The sounds should help expand upon or complement the meaning of the images and be either recorded or created sounds or non-copyrighted music (maximum length: 30 seconds).


2) Short Film/Video: Submit a short film/video up to 90 seconds in length (maximum), shot in any medium that addresses the theme/concept of "TRANSFORMATION" along with three examples of any visual work, options as stated above.

 Your videos must be uploaded to “Vimeo.” When you have a Vimeo URL (e.g., external link, opens in new window), please include it in a .pdf file and upload that file in your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. Use privacy settings in Vimeo and the password “FILM2021”.

Write an outline of a short film project that you would like to participate in during your final year of study (maximum of 500 words or two type-written pages). This is a non-binding proposal. Briefly describe the film, and discuss why it is interesting for you given the role you would like to play (e.g. writer, director, cinematographer, sound designer, editor, art director). The School of Image Arts reserves the right to retain this project outline. Do not submit a script. 

 Please save and upload your project outline as a .pdf file.

In a maximum of 500 words, please answer one of the following three questions:

  1. What single film has most influenced you? Why?
  2. What character in literature or film has most profoundly moved you? Why?
  3. What specifically non-American, non-mainstream movie has expanded your notion of what cinema can be and how?

This statement should reflect only the effort of the applicant.

 Please save and upload your written statement as a .pdf file.

Submit a current resumé outlining your education, work experience, related skills, interests and any special awards (not to exceed two pages).

 Please save and upload your resumé as a .pdf file.

The non-academic requirements assessment fee is $50 CDN and must be paid in order for your submission to be reviewed. 

Payment Options

 Pay using a Canadian bank account - by internet or telephone banking:
  1. Sign up with your bank for online or telephone banking
  2. Add Ryerson as a payee - Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees
  3. Your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number is your account number
  4. Follow the prompts to ‘pay bills’ and choose ‘Ryerson University - Tuition & Res Fees’ as the Payee
 Pay using Western Union Business Solutions: 

International students who do not have a Canadian bank account can pay through Western Union Business Solutions GlobalPay for Students, external link. This option allows you to pay the Canadian dollar student fees in the currency of your choice. Visit the International Payments section on our Fees Payment web page for instructions.

Applicants are required to submit all components of their non-academic requirements via the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal.

Applicants unable to use the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal are required to contact the School of Image Arts at to discuss an alternate method of submission. Due to the volume of applications received and our system performance, we strongly encourage you to submit your documents well in advance of the noted deadlines.

Here’s how to access your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal account:

  1. Get your Ryerson Student Number in the email acknowledgement of your application
  2. Activate your Ryerson Online Identity. Fill in the Activation Form at When asked for your Student/Applicant ID, enter your nine-digit Ryerson Student Number. Keep a record of your user name and password
  3. 24 hours after activating your Ryerson Online Identity, visit the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal

Instructions on how to upload documents, as well as common questions and answers for applicants can be found on our Ready to Submit Your Documents? web page.

If you are applying for readmission or reinstatement, you are not required to submit non-academic requirements. You must inform the program department of your intentions.

 Email the School of Image Arts at by February 1, 2021, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).

After Graduation

Harness creativity and the experience gained to work as an independent filmmaker, in commercials and music video production. Work in cinematography, editing, sound recording, assistant directing; film festivals, distribution and exhibition companies. You may work as a festival programmer, production manager, director or development executive. Or, opt to pursue graduate studies, including Ryerson’s master of fine arts in Documentary Media and master of arts in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management.

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