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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: Photography Studies (BFA)

Is It for You?

Use all the tools photography has at its disposal in the digital/ analog age to make art for the wall, the web and the page. Or, go beyond the still image to create video and sound pieces for the gallery, the web and the screen. Be informed by critical studies courses offered by Ryerson’s School of Image Arts, home to the oldest and most prestigious photography program in Canada.

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Fine Arts

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements
Portfolio, written statement, resumé

 Co-op Option

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

*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.

"One of the best things about being a photo student at Ryerson is seeing all of the different things that people are doing that I could have never thought of… I am constantly blown away by the different things that people do."

Distinctive Learning

Intern in an institution or company; opportunities in professional gallery management and exhibition at the Ryerson Artspace at the Gladstone Hotel; international exchange; access to the Ryerson Image Centre, Canada’s leading centre for the research and exhibition of photography.

After Graduation

Apply creativity and experience to visual arts and digital imaging; commercial photography and web production (fashion, sports, travel, advertising); curatorial and arts administration; editorial and arts publishing. Pursue graduate studies in the fine arts, curatorial studies, digital media and communications, such as a master of fine arts in documentary media and a master of arts in film and photography preservation and collections management available at Ryerson.

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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