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Media Production | MA

The MA in Media Production Program challenges students to explore traditional and innovative media theory, platforms, and technologies in order to tell compelling stories and reach diverse audiences.

About the Program

Today's media landscape is changing at an unprecedented rate. Our relationships with one another and the media we use are constantly in flux. We have the ability, both as creative producers and consumers, to connect, interact, inform, and entertain using a variety of media. We have opportunities to innovate and make change, to inspire and learn: To take storytelling to the next level.

The Master of Arts in Media Production focuses on the creation and analysis of media projects with an emphasis on aesthetics, research, technology, innovation, and financing structures that underpin excellence in media. Students explore the theoretical, economic, creative, and cultural structures that influence how media is produced and disseminated. The projects created here contribute to new and existing fields, aiming to carve a place for the creators in the media landscape.

This program challenges students to explore traditional and innovative media forms, outlets and technologies in order to tell compelling stories and reach diverse audiences. Potential graduate students will bring strong creative, academic, and production expertise to the program. Building on their creative ability, students will utilize the resources available at Ryerson while developing strategic ties with media outlets outside the University to develop compelling, innovative productions in a variety of media.

The RTA School of Media has designed the Master of Arts in Media Production to launch Canada's next generation of media innovators. This core vision is supported through a flexible series of production and theory courses, delivered over three consecutive semesters and culminating in either a major professional project or a research paper which focuses on aspects of media production. The program is designed to offer graduate students unique opportunities to hone their talents through the development of high quality productions and/or participate in funded media research, working directly with endowed research chairs and other graduate faculty within Ryerson.

The program is one of several graduate programs to be offered either in whole or part in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) under the administrative direction of the School of Graduate Studies at Ryerson University. This academic collaboration, established in 2000 through a donation of ten million dollars by Ted and Loretta Rogers, is designed to facilitate scholarship and research in communication studies, media technologies and cultural production. It provides opportunities for research involving broadcasting, new media, journalism, image arts, and digital communications in collaboration with the Rogers Communications Centre, a Ryerson University research centre.

Led by the holders of endowed research chairs and a strong faculty of media producers and managers, this graduate program endeavours to support and transform creative projects, and help develop media leaders who are capable of meeting the challenges presented as new ideas and technologies continue to transform media markets, media management, professional fields, and academic disciplines.

“This master’s program gave me access to the creative resources, the right network and the education I need in order to become a successful producer.”

Marwa Siam-Abdou, MA student

The Master of Arts in Media Production designation is unique in Canada. Blending practical and theoretical knowledge, the Program is the only graduate program studying Canadian broadcast theory, production, practice and policy. Other key features include the following:

  1. A location in the heart of Canada’s media production community, networks, funding agencies (e.g. Telefilm, OMDC), and close to major broadcasting facilities.
  2. A flexible program permitting students to choose from a wide range of media specialities
  3. A program designed to meet the needs of both professional and research-oriented students in media production.
  4. Opportunities for participation in advanced-level media and broadcast research
  5. A multi-disciplinary approach of study – radio; audio; television; new media; screenwriting; aesthetics, communication and media theory, transmedia studies, media business – that permits students to benefit from the expertise of a diverse faculty
  6. FCAD-based shared courses will provide students with access to peers, faculty and researchers in other related disciplines and participate in a broad range of media-based production and research projects

During the intensive one-year learning experience, students take part in hands-on labs in the Fall and Winter terms, as well as lectures and seminars in which students explore the theory, business and aesthetics of the media industry. Students attend classes at the Ryerson University campus in downtown Toronto. The curriculum includes a wide range of elective course options and a number of unique course opportunities.

Recent examples include:

  • Classes with world-renowned industry professionals based in Toronto. Recently this has included the Special Topics in Media Production course with Ryerson’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence, director and screenwriter Atom Egoyan;
  • A course offered in Los Angeles on the UCLA campus during their Spring/Summer term in which select students take part in an intensive boot camp in the US media industry learning directly from industry professionals; and,
  • A course in which students work collaboratively on research with students from Georgia Tech’s Synesthetic Media Lab (Synlab) supervised by RTA faculty member Alexandra Mazalek, Canada Research Chair, Digital Media.

In addition, students can apply to work on their project within the RTA Transmedia Zone, external link. The RTA Transmedia Zone develops new insights, analysis, models, and practices for content-creators across this emerging network. With a unique emphasis on public/private partnerships, bringing together communities of practice across academia, industry, and the arts, the Zone explores the opportunities offered by the convergence of media practices in three target areas: content creation, audience relationships and emergent business models. 

Learn about Ryerson's innovative Master of Arts in Media Production, offered through the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.