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Welcome to The Creative School Graduate Studies

Welcome to FCAD Graduate Studies

Welcome from Charles Falzon

Associate Professor & Dean, The Creative School

Fall 2021 Orientation

YSGS The Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS), opens in new window is the administrative body responsible for all graduate programs at Ryerson.
Student Life and Learning Support Student Life and Learning Support (SLLS), opens in new window provides opportunities for students to take ownership of their Ryerson experience so that they grow as socially, civically and academically engaged members of their communities. 
Design + Technology LAB The Design + Technology LAB, opens in new window is a technology-based workshop that supports creative research + scholarship, curriculum, and entrepreneurship activities across The Creative School and Zone Learning.
Zone Learning Zone Learning, opens in new window is a new model of experiential learning built to allow students to apply their degree coursework to real world startups, causes, companies, projects or ventures.
Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, opens in new window is a collaborative approach that fosters a community dedicated to big thinking about curriculum, pedagogy and creative ways to develop inclusive teaching practices that enrich the student learning experience.
Academic Integrity Office The Academic Integrity Office, opens in new window are a neutral party and information resource that seeks to promote a culture of integrity and educational excellence by informing, inspiring and educating the members of the Ryerson Community.
The Catalyst The Catalyst, opens in new window is the first large-scale space dedicated to scholarly, research, and creative (SRC) activities within The Creative School. 
The Innovation Studio The Innovation Studio, opens in new window connects emerging and established makers, artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, researchers and academics, in a collaborative community devoted to creative exploration, cross-disciplinary innovation, and creative excellence.
Academic Success Center  The Academic Success Center, opens in new window supports the academic life of students taking management courses at Ryerson University. Central to our work is the promotion of strong learning strategies and study skills required to achieve academic success. 
Ryerson Library The Ryerson University Library and Archives, opens in new window is integral to learning, teaching, and scholarly, research and creative activities. We collect, organize, preserve, disseminate, and provide access to essential information resources. Our services focus on our users to enable knowledge creation.

First Steps for Incoming Students

Congratulations on accepting your offer of admission!

We look forward to welcoming you to the The Creative School creative ecosystem.

Make sure to read your Offer of Admission letter carefully, as it includes important information and action items required to complete your admission process. 

You can view you Offer of Admission letter by logging in to, opens in new window, and going to the communications tab.

Step 1

After accepting your offer of admission online, then next step would be to pay your Tuition Deposit before the deadline stated in your Offer of Admission letter. 

Step 2

Next you have to clear any admission conditions listed in your Offer letter.
For example: providing official transcripts to the Graduate Admissions office.

Step 3

Check you email for more information sent by your program, including Orientation details.

To use Ryerson’s online tools, you must first activate your Ryerson online identity by completing a series of web forms. During activation, you will pick your my.ryerson user name (ie: johndoe, john.doe, etc), and your password. You will not get any email confirming your account activation.

Once activated, your Ryerson online identity gives you access to:

  • Ryerson email
  • the Central Computer Labs including the Library and Kerr Hall West KHW-71
  • the my.ryerson portal
  • D2L Brightspace learning system
  • RAMSS (via
  • Ryerson wireless
  • website accounts
  • online Library resources
  • Campus printing
  • Virtual Applications

If you are returning applicant or student, you do not need to activate your identity, as you have already done it. If you have any problems with activation, ask for help at the Kerr Hall West KHW-71 Help Desk.

Two-Factor Authentication

As of August 1, 2019, all new students will be required to use two-factor authentication to access Ryerson services. This will require students to have either a mobile phone that can run Google Authenticator or a Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) key. U2F keys are available for purchase online or in some stores.

Email will be the main method of communication while you are at Ryerson.

Your Ryerson email address will be your, where username is your my.ryerson username, for example, Your Ryerson email account stays active during any term in which you enrol as a degree student. 

Before your first term (September)

From now until registration in September, the program will use the email address that you provided in your application for admission to communicate with you. If you change your email, please send the new address to your Graduate Program Administrator.

Starting September

Ryerson students are required to activate a Ryerson email account. This should be done no later than the end of the first week of classes. Starting September 14, ONLY your Ryerson email account will be used for correspondence from the University.

The OneCard is your Ryerson student ID card. It serves a variety of functions including providing access to library facilities, the Ryerson Athletic Centre, and facilities in the RCC, and IMA buildings.

You can also load money onto the OneCard for use in vending machines, campus photocopiers, etc.

All new Ryerson students must apply online for their OneCard. 

The portal connects you to systems including D2L Brightspace, RAMSS and Google Apps at Ryerson University. Further, using the Self Service module, you can change your password, view your account information, change your challenge phrase or manage your resources.


RAMSS is the on-line student information system, Ryerson Administration Management Self Service (RAMSS), allows students to look up their course registration, academic record, final grades, fees account, apply to graduate, etc. The RAMSS link can be found at

To confirm your course registration, please see RAMSS, not the course information posted on your home page or D2L Brightspace.

Fall term: mid-August 

After Activating your online identity.

The course enrollment period begins in early August.

Your program will send you more information about course enrollment during the summer, including required course information and the specific course enrolment process you must follow.

In the meantime, you can find course information and course descriptions in your program website, and also in the Graduate studies calendar, opens in new window.

Fall term: mid-August 

Wait for program information.


Tuition and fees are determined by the program and academic level you are pursuing your graduate studies in. 

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to graduate students on a competitive basis.

Learning Resources

We use Brightspace by D2L to provide online courses, supplemental course materials, work spaces for research, professional development courses and much more.

Brightspace became Ryerson's official Learnign Management System (LMS) on September 1, 2015. It includes a collection of tools that facilitate the online delivery of learning materials, quizzes and assignments, communications and grading.

Note: not all courses will use D2L Brightspace, it is always a good idea to check with your instructor if your course will be using D2L Brightspace. 

Familiarize yourself with D2L Brightspace before your classes begin.

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies offers a extensive program of professional skill development for graduate students, free of charge.

With an expansive selection of program partners and program offerings, the Future Smart program will complement your grad degree and help you transition to the career you want!


Zoom is an online meeting tool recommended for teaching-related web conferencing, especially if your classes comprise more than 100 people. 

  • Features: screensharing, breakout rooms, annotations, chat, record meetings, and more.
  • Room capacity: 300 people per room.
  • Delivery method: Zoom desktop app (preferred) or Chrome web client (limited features).
  • Meeting length: Up to 4 hour meetings.

Your instructor may require you to login and authenticate with your Ryerson credentials to join the meeting room. Doing so requires a Ryerson Zoom account. Click on "Sign In" on the,, external link, opens in new window portal to create a Ryerson Zoom account, and then sign in to the Zoom desktop or mobile application using the Single Sign On (SSO) option. 

G Suite & Google Apps

Everyone with an active account at Ryerson has access to Google Apps at Ryerson including Google Calendar and Google Drive.


Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture. 

Student Learning Support (SLS) is a group of services and programs aimed at helping students engage more effectively in their academic studies. We teach essential academic skills and study techniques that help students to more effectively express their intelligence, apply their knowledge and communicate their ideas. 

Visit SLS on the 4th floor of the Student Learning Centre at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. Contact our main office at 416.598.5978 or by email

Academic Integrity Office

The Academic Integrity Office (AIO) exists to ensure that PDF filePolicy 60: Academic Integrity is carried out in a fair and transparent way and to provide educational resources to the Ryerson community regarding academic integrity and misconduct. The AIO provides guidance and support to students and decision makers and ensures that all parties are aware of their rights and responsibilities. The AIO is neutral with respect to all cases and is neither an advocate for students or faculty nor a decision-maker in the process.

Teaching development is a primary resource area within the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching, opens in new window. Through a collaborative approach, the Centre fosters a community dedicated to big thinking about curriculum, pedagogy and creative ways of developing inclusive teaching practices that enrich the student learning experience.

This is your resource for professional development in learning and teaching. They offer a number of ongoing supports for Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants.

The Tri-Mentoring Program’s (TMP), opens in new window educational priority is to mentor each student using their individual experience to find their sense of belonging on campus.

Share your experience by becoming a mentor and help guide an incoming first-year student on their path to success. 

  • Build your Leadership skills
  • Help build community in your program
  • Make an Impact

Having an industry professional that inspires you and shares your passion can help on your path to building your professional career. 

  • Build your Network
  • Gain Industry Insights
  • Be Challenge

Wellness Resources

Academic Accommodation Support helps students with disabilities at Ryerson by creating and implementing individualized academic accommodation plans so students can more fully participate in their studies.  

Ryerson Recreation helps you integrate movement into your regular routine. Why? Regular physical activity benefits your academic and work performance, your individual wellbeing, and helps you make connections to others in our community. 

As hard as it may seem at first, finding ways to dedicate time to fitness and health helps you:

  • be more creative;
  • think more clearly;
  • reduce stress;
  • study better; and 
  • maintain positive relationships.

In our two fitness facilities, the Recreation & Athletics Centre (RAC) and the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), as well as through initiatives across campus, we strive to provide safe and inclusive spaces for you to move in a diversity of ways.

The Centre for Student Development and Counselling (CSDC) offers free, confidential counselling services in a professional and friendly environment.  Services are provided by a team of psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists and counselling interns.

Services, programs and resources are intended to assist students not only to solve immediate problems, but also to define their personal, educational and career goals, and to acquire the self-confidence and transferable skills necessary for professional success and individual growth. Services are provided on a one-to-one basis or in a group format.

Phone: (416) 979-5195 | Fax: 416-979 5291

Hours of Operation:  Monday to Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. 

Why ergonomics matter

While our bodies are designed for movement, in today’s society, people are leading more and more sedentary lifestyles. This has a serious negative impact on our health. Numerous studies on the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle have even led physicians to refer to sitting as the new smoking. Prolonged sitting can lead to serious injuries, called musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

Minimum Technology Requirements for Remote Learning

The following are the minimum technical requirements for students to access Ryerson University’s online learning resources.

Individual programs or courses may have additional requirements. Please refer to your faculty, program, or course requirements for additional guidance.

The Medical Centre is a medical clinic which provides currently registered Ryerson students, staff and faculty, with a wide range of medical services that you would normally expect to receive from your family physician. This includes the treatment of illnesses, such as colds or the flu, to routine examinations like annual physicals and internal examinations. You must book an appointment to see the doctor.

Student Care works collaboratively to support students with complex needs and students who are in distress. They also help address challenging behaviour of students through formal processes. They use a holistic approach to support students and to reduce strain on impacted students, faculty and staff. Student Care seeks to be a partner in building a caring community at Ryerson. Community members can contact the office at any point to discuss a student they are concerned about at

The Student Success Centre helps students navigate services across The Creative School and Ryerson: 

  • Academics
  • Careers
  • Health & Wellnes
  • Extra-curricular

Discover what services are available and speak to our Success coordinator at any time. 

Experiential Resources

Ryerson University's Design + Technology LAB is a technology-based workshop that supports creative research, curriculum, and entrepreneurship activities. Design + Technology LAB looks to disrupt and revolutionize the use of technology within the creative fields by leveraging digital fabrication, 3D printing, textile computing, AR/VR, and robotics.

Regardless of your program and year of study, Ryerson has a diverse set of on-campus job opportunities available to you. Faculties and departments are regularly looking for talented and engaged students to fill a wide variety of positions including research, peer advising, administrative, technology-based, and social media jobs, and much more.

Teaching assistant & graduate assistant opportunities are available to all current students. Most applications occur online and will be at the beginning of each term. Additional opportunities will be posted throughout the academic year. 

Set-up a “Job Search Agent”, opens in new window to receive a daily email list of jobs that meet your search criteria. 

The Catalyst houses several SRC projects, labs, and centres under one roof. We bring brilliant minds together from across all schools in The Creative School to explore, innovate, and impact the world we live in. The Catalyst serves to support potential, emerging, and ongoing projects coming from The Creative School researchers, creatives and their collaborators.

The Innovation Studio connects emerging and established makers, artists, technologists, entrepreneurs, researchers and academics, in a collaborative community devoted to creative exploration, cross-disciplinary innovation, and creative excellence.

The ThriveRU initiative provides training and resources to help students develop skills that will serve them throughout their university career and beyond. 

Zone Learning is a new model of experiential learning built to allow students to apply their degree coursework to real world startups, causes, companies, projects or ventures. Zone Learning is about more than passing on knowledge, it’s about gaining experience that will prepare you for the 21st-century workplace. When you join Zone Learning you’re joining more than just a community, you’re joining a movement to shape the future.

Community Resources

The BIPOC Students' Collective works with the Ryerson community to eliminate racism and xenophobia both on and off campus. We do this through education, advocacy initiatives, and campaigns. In addition, the Racialised Students' Collective holds social events throughout the year for racialised students and community members.

The Centre for Safer Sex & Sexual Violence Support now has drop-in peer support hours, and soon we will be increasing the hours of the Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line, as well as adding a text feature in order to make the support line more accessible.

RyeACCESS works to reclaim our bodies and minds through advocacy, campaigns, outreach, education, and events. We focus on both systemic and individual issues in an effort to create an equitable environment and promote the empowerment, autonomy and freedom of students with disabilities.

RyePRIDE is an Equity Service Group of the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU). It represents the Queer and Trans voices of Ryerson University, including: gay, lesbian, bisexual, two spirited, trans, intersex, queer and questioning.

Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services provides a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serves as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture. 

The SHIFT Centre acts as an interactive and multi-purpose space, intended to foster a sense of community within the Ryerson community through educational workshops and providing a safe space to learn about equity and wellness. The purpose of SHIFT is within its name. The acronym stands for Share,Help, Inspire, Foster, and Think.

The Trans Collective is focused on challenging transphobia, cissexism, transmisogyny, and binarism at Ryerson University.The Trans Collective offers education, advocacy, and support for trans people on campus. We have regular meetings where Trans students can support and work together. We also have entertaining and educational events regularly throughout the year, to welcome new members and celebrate each other.

Yeates School of Graduate Studies (YSGS) Resources

Graduate forms for download. 

Welcome to the Ryerson Graduate Calendar, the official statement of programs and courses approved by the Ryerson University Senate.

The official companion to Ryerson's Graduate Calendar. This online guide summarizes the policies, fees, procedures and services you’ll need to know as a Ryerson graduate student.

These policies and guidelines are the rules and regulations that surround many aspects of graduate study for students, faculty members and staff at Ryerson University. These policies and guidelines help ensure a high level of excellence in graduate education.

The academic year consists of three terms: fall, winter and spring/summer.

Program Administrators

Mauro Chiera

MAURO CHIERA // Graduate Program Administrator

MFA Documentary Media
MPC Professional Communication

LISSA QUAGLIA // Graduate Program Administrator

MDM Digital Media
PhD Media & Design Innovation

Elaine Nie

ELAINE NIE // Graduate Program Administrator

MA Fashion
MFA Scriptwriting and Story Design

TONISHA BOYD // Graduate Program Administrator (On Leave) 

MA Media Production

MJ Journalism

DANIEL GARCIA // Manager, Graduate Programs Administration

MA Film + Photography Preservation & Collections Management