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For Students

Make the Future

Welcome to the Creative Innovation Studio, a community of innovators advancing the creative industries.

At our core, we are creative, cross-disciplinary, collaborative and forward-looking. Through curricular and co-curricular opportunities, we have supported over 3,000 students in developing entrepreneurial skills, growing businesses, co-creating internationally and iterating on innovative projects and events.

See all the ways students can join & participate in The Studio below, including as Zone members.

Student Services
Gain real-world experiences first hand

Gain hands-on experience by either working with a Zone start-up or creative project or building your own start-up at the Creative Innovation Studio

Meet like-minded entrepreneurs and students

Join one of Canada’s largest entrepreneurial community and work with like-minded people and other students

Receive mentorship

Receive mentorship from matched teams and experts from the industry

Engage with entrepreneurial and creative programming

Engage in Studio programming to develop entrepreneurial skills, learn about special topics, and meet other students and entrepreneurs in the community

Work on curricular projects in The Open Space

Access support from Studio Staff

Access support and guidance from Studio staff that come from a range of industries and disciplines within innovation

Build your portfolio

Leverage Studio resources to build your own start-up or build your portfolio/resume

Studio Student Memberships


The Creative Innovation Studio student memberships provide leading experiential learning experiences exclusively for Ryerson students that match students with real-world working opportunities and mentorship in creative entrepreneurship. Student engagement is a top priority at The Creative Innovation Studio and our 4 Zones, as such the program aims to create experiential learning opportunities for Ryerson students to develop their skills outside of the classroom.

Students can apply to join a specific Zone through our 4 student membership options: Recovery and Development (R&D). Associate, Apprentice, and Fellow.

A student membership will include a course credit in CEDZ100 for a 4-month term.

Applications close October 14 at 11:59PM.

The Recovery and Development (R&D) membership is for students looking to radically design new ideas and businesses, focused on the theme of creative recovery.


Associates are students who get matched with part-time paid internship positions with start-ups at the Studio.


Whether it’s internships or community hours, Apprentices gain hands-on experience and guidance to develop their skills and build their portfolio.


Fellows are students volunteering with our media, design fabrication or music teams for a maximum of 4 hours/month.

The Zones

We have 4 different incubators that accept associates and apprentices. Learn about each of them!