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RTA School of Media: Media Production (BA)

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Carli credits the hands-on nature of her classes with helping to foster her creative side. “I wasn’t really confined to the classroom. I got to go out explore – learn through trial and error, and I think that was a huge part of allowing me to think beyond the textbook.”

 

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Is It for You?

Join the RTA School of Media, named one of the top 15 international media schools by the Hollywood reporter, to master storytelling and audience experience. Learn to produce content for various platforms, including video, television, podcast, radio AR/VR, transmedia and live productions. Refine your skills through experiential opportunities like hosting SpiritLive Radio, which is broadcast from our state-of-the-art studios. Connect with professionals through networking events and industry internships and gain a global perspective of the entertainment industry through the Los Angeles boot camp. Our graduates include New Girl’s Hannah Simone and writer/producer Vera Santamaria, whose recent credits include BoJack Horseman, Orange is the New Black and Schitt’s Creek.

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What You Need to Know

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts

 Grade Range
80%+*

 Non-Academic Requirements
Written statement, resumé, references, interview when requested.

 Experiential Learning
Internship

 Thinking of applying? Make sure the program is still accepting applications.

*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:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U).

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.

Prepare a current resumé/curriculum vitae highlighting education, work experience, volunteer experience, and extracurricular activities. 

 Please save your resume as a .pdf file.

French mathematician Blaise Pascal said, “I would have written a shorter letter, but I did not have the time.” It is a common misunderstanding that it is easier to write less. To make a compelling argument succinctly, it is often a greater challenge to write a little rather than to write a lot.

With this in mind, please answer the following two questions in a thoughtful, reflective and compelling manner, strictly limiting your response for each to the word count specified. 

  1. Provide a personal statement as to why you have chosen Media Production and explain what you have done that demonstrates why you are a good candidate for this program. Please include your areas of interest and where you see yourself working after graduating from the Media Production program. (300 words)
  2. Choose a favourite media product (from television, film, music, radio, theatre, or any other creative medium) and describe what makes it compelling for you and how you might adapt it to another media platform. (500 words)

 Please ensure that your responses to the above questions are saved and submitted as one .pdf file.

Reference Forms are a requirement for admission consideration. Two forms must be completed and submitted by current or past academic references (e.g. guidance counsellors, teachers, professors). Your third reference may be from a current or past supervisor or employer. Your references may not be family members or friends.

Submission instructions are found below.

After the assessment of the above materials, candidates will be informed if they have been chosen to participate in the interview stage of our admission selection process. Interviews may occur via Skype or telephone with RTA faculty or staff. Instructions will be outlined in an interview invitation letter. It is anticipated that interviews will be held during the last week of February to the end of March 2021. We ask that you keep this time frame in mind should you be notified of an interview.

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 RTA School of Media at rtaadmissions@ryerson.ca 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 www.ryerson.ca/accounts/. 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 RTA School of Media applicants, can be found on our Ready to Submit Your Documents? web page.

Complete the following steps to submit your Reference Forms:

  1. Input your references’ contact information via the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. Please ensure that all reference information is inputted accurately. If you wish to amend your reference information (e.g. change reference, change email address) please complete and submit the google formUpload Help Form, external link, opens in new window.
  2. Have your references complete the Reference Form. Your references will receive an email giving access to the Reference Form and instructions. If a reference has not received the email, please ask your reference to review their “trash” or “junk mail.” To request that the email be sent again, please complete and submit the google formUpload Help Form, external link, opens in new window.
  3. Confirm that your references have completed the Reference Form. A Reference Form is complete once its status on the Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal indicates “Received.” It is your responsibility to ensure each reference completes their Reference Form by the noted deadline.

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 RTA School of Media at rtaadmissions@ryerson.ca by February 1, 2021, or 10 business days from your application submission date (whichever comes later).

After Graduation

Establish a strong foundation in the art, craft and business of media production to contribute to society, in broadcasting, on-air hosting, producing, screenwriting; media management; digital media sales; or screenwriting, producing, directing, editing, and talent casting. You may work as a line producer, agent, broadcast executive, copywriter or development executive. Or, pursue graduate studies in media entrepreneurship, screenwriting or entertainment law.

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