Image Arts (with specializations in Film Studies or Photography Studies)
This certificate is designed to lead to careers in the film, photography, communications, and cultural industries. Graduates should be capable
of performing responsibly in these industries as professionals in both creative
and managerial positions, and in undertakings ranging from the highly commercial
to the artistic and experimental. The curriculum will also provide students
with the necessary grounding to move on to advanced study in a variety of media-related academic and artistic disciplines.
This program provides a general background in design, art history, and cultural studies, along with professional specialization in the two areas of Film and Photography Studies. There is a strong link between theory and practice in each of these options.
Successful completion of the certificate in Film Studies or Photography Studies will make a student eligible to apply
for admission to the second year of the related Image Arts degree program, subject
to space availability and competition. These students will also be required to take the appropriate
Liberal Studies courses.
Film Studies Academic Coordinator: James Warrack, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photography Studies Academic Coordinator: Dennis Miles, email@example.com
For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/imagearts.
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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.
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,
The successful completion of eight single-term (or equivalent) courses is required for the certificate, as listed in each option. Students must achieve a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher to graduate.
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.
Please note that equipment and facilities use outside of class time will not be provided. Extra time may be purchased.
Visual Studies I
Art and the Classical Tradition
Concepts and Theories
Art in the Modern World
This certificate offers specializations in either Film Studies or
Photography Studies. Students must fulfill the requirements of one of these
two areas as listed below.
Specialization in Film Studies
Film Technology I
Film and Sound Editing I
Motion Picture Production I
Specialization in Photography
Photography Production I
Photography Production II
Photography and Digital Imaging
Photography and the Web