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Certificate in
Digital Art Production

Note: Many of the courses in this program are available by distance education; refer to the Distance Education section below. Visit the distance education website for further information.

This certificate balances creative and artistic skills with practical digital skills in an experiential learning environment. Students will hone design, visual communication, and storytelling skills; create original content; and integrate this content into the digital world. Students will also gain theoretical, historical, and contemporary knowledge of art, design, and global communication. The evolution of media requires competency in creating, designing, and managing digital content. This certificate helps to prepare students for careers in fields such as interaction and user interface design, graphic design, computer generated effects design, mobile application development, animation, artistic production, and social media or game art.

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Admission Criteria

It is recommended that applicants have the following:

OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits with a minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent, or mature student status.

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 six 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.

Awards and Financial Aid

If you require financial assistance, you may apply for merit-based awards and/or need-based financial aid. As well, students officially registered in a Chang School certificate program may be eligible for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). For a complete list of certificate programs approved by OSAP, visit the Student Financial Assistance website.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete, within your official timespan, the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in 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.

Required Courses

CMPC 101   Combined Media:  Visual Studies I
CMPC 103   Combined Media:  Art and the Classical Tradition

Electives (select four)

CDMP 125   Film Studies:  Fiction Screenwriting
CEID 100   Digital Entrepreneurship Innovation:  Digital Skills and Innovation for the Global Economy
CFPN 534   Media Studies:  Graphic Design
CFPN 535   Media Studies:  Interaction Design
CFPN 537   Media Studies:  Immersive Imaging
CFPN 539   Photography:  The Human Figure
CFPN 541   Film Studies:  Digital Animation Concepts
CFPN 542   Media Studies:  Design for Mobile Devices
CFPN 547   Media Studies:  Co-Operative Internship
CMPC 203   Combined Media:  Art in the Modern World
CNPF 566   Media Studies:  History of Animation

Note to registered certificate program students
CFPN 547 added.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format this academic year.

CEID 100   Digital Entrepreneurship Innovation:  Digital Skills and Innovation for the Global Economy
CMPC 101   Combined Media:  Visual Studies I
CMPC 103   Combined Media:  Art and the Classical Tradition

An intensive, 14-week program

Students have the opportunity to earn the six credits needed to complete the Certificate in Digital Art Production over 14 intensive weeks. Courses cover building apps, graphic design, design for interaction, Maya software, art history, and visual storytelling and prepares students for careers in interaction design, graphic design, mobile application development, animation, and artistic production.

CDNM 999 New Media: Digital Art Production Intensive