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RTA School of Media: New Media (BFA)

Janelle Roswell's light installation "Jelly."  Pictured are three handmade jellyfish suspended from the ceiling at various heights.
"This installation works to explore the importance of light within a space, focusing on how using light art as a means of creating a sense of wonder can completely transform how people engage with public spaces."

Janelle Roswell
RTA: New Media
META 2020

META is an annual showcase of exploratory artworks made by the graduating students of the New Media program at Ryerson University. Learn more on the RTA: New Media website.

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Is It for You?

Discover your creative potential by learning to fuse emerging technologies with artistic practice. This program, part of the RTA School of Media, provides a foundation in interaction design and media theory, programming, video and sound production, art history, digital fabrication and contemporary art. Bring your creativity to life - creating robots, wearables, interactive videos, games, kinetic sculptures and art installations. Access creative technology and cutting-edge facilities like the Makerspace, Fab Lab, and the Transmedia Zone, an incubator for storytelling and creative entrepreneurship. Connect with global creators and tap into the industry through collaborations with TIFF Bell Lightbox, the Ontario Science Centre and more. Gain global perspectives through boot camps in Los Angeles and New York.

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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
Written statement, portfolio, resumé

 Experiential Learning

 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 Tuition and 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 preferred).

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 resumé as a .pdf file.

Part 1

Visit the New Media website and write a one-page statement that expresses why you want to be part of the New Media program and discuss your interest in media art and technology as a creative maker.

Part 2

Write a one-page statement about something awesome. Anything! This could be skateboarding, chocolate chip cookies, why you make art, a game, birds, clouds and their amazing ephemeral shapes, the color aubergine, your favourite poet, artist or artwork, squirrels, strong winds, tall hats, why you love to code, puppets, the joy and frustration of 3D-printing, or something else.

 Please save your written statements as a single .pdf file.

Prepare three to five examples of your own creative work and/or collaborations. These can take ANY form and should best represent you as a creative/artistic individual. These works should demonstrate your passion, potential, and ability to communicate ideas.

 Each example of creative work must not exceed 50MB and must be submitted as an individual file.

You may submit materials such as documentation of material works (sculptural objects or 3D prints and designs), wearable art, robotic/electronic exploration, projects involving code, video games and web pages (include the URL). We will also consider drawings, paintings, digital images and/or photos, videos, recordings of performances (artistic, theatrical, band), personal writings OR any other materials you feel will help us understand you as a creative individual.

If you submit a collaboration or team project, briefly describe your contribution. Time-based works (video, sound, performance materials) must be no longer than three minutes in length each.

Final Note: Faculty will review your creative work to try and understand you as a future New Media student. At this stage we are looking for imagination and passion – not production value and polish.

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

New Media Portfolio Tips

In this video, Steve Daniels, Associate Professor in the New Media program, answers questions about your portfolio submission. Tune in to learn more about the program, why a portfolio is required, what to avoid, what the people reviewing your work are looking for, and more!

After Graduation

Design interactive media and develop a creative voice to define and generate the future of media art and technology: apps or data visualizations; audio production, user experience design or social media marketing; artwork exhibition; or web, gaming and mobile development. You may work as a UX designer, producer, product designer, social media specialist, or content designer. Or, pursue graduate studies in communication, interactive arts or inclusive design.

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