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Certificate in
Design for Arts and Entertainment

Start your behind-the-scenes career with an interdisciplinary approach to design in the fields of arts, culture, and entertainment. This certificate will help you develop the skills needed to plan and create characters and environments for live stage, film, television, photography, and multimedia installations by exploring a curriculum that is relevant to the current and emerging practice of scenography and design.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English), or equivalent, with a minimum average of 60 percent, or mature student status with relevant professional experience.

Students who have no previous drawing experience must successfully complete Drawing Fundamentals (CDID 803).

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of seven courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Recommended Sequence

Students are advised to take the courses in the following sequence:

Early Terms: CDID 150, CDID 170, CDMP 130
Mid Terms: CDMP 122, two Electives
Final Term: CDMP 123

Required Courses

CDID 150   Interior Design:  Design Theory
CDID 170   Design for Arts and Entertainment:  Drafting for Entertainment
CDMP 122   Film Studies:  Production Design for Film and Theatre
CDMP 123   Film Studies:  Art Direction for Film and Special Events
CDMP 130   Design for Arts and Entertainment:  History of Arts and Scenography


Electives (select two)

CCMN 314   Communication:  Professional Presentations
CDFA 104   Fashion:  Fashion Drawing I
CDFC 106   Fashion Coordination and Styling:  Fashion, Culture, and Society
CDFP 391   Photography:  History of Photography I
CDID 552   Lighting Design:  Entertainment Lighting Design
CDMP 114   Film Studies:  Post-Production Sound
CDMP 120   Film Studies:  Film History
CENG 101   English Literature:  Laughter and Tears: Comedy and Tragedy
CFPN 531   Film Studies:  Cinematography and Lighting Design I
CMPC 203   Combined Media:  Art in the Modern World
CRTA 180   RTA: Media Studies:  Music and Film