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Certificate in
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.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit

Film Studies Academic Coordinator: James Warrack,
Photography Studies Academic Coordinator: Dennis Miles,

See more courses and programs relating to Communication and Media or Design.

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.

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 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.

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.

Equipment/Facilities Use

Please note that equipment and facilities use outside of class time will not be provided. Extra time may be purchased.

Required Courses

CMPC 101   Combined Media:  Visual Studies I
CMPC 103   Combined Media:  Art and the Classical Tradition
CMPC 201   Combined Media:  Concepts and Theories
CMPC 203   Combined Media:  Art in the Modern World

This certificate offers specializations in either Film Studies or Photography Studies. Students must fulfil the requirements of one of these two areas as listed below.

Specialization in Film Studies

CDMP 129   Film Studies:  Motion Picture Production I
CMPF 107   Film Studies:  Film Technology I
CMPF 290   Film Studies:  Introduction to Film Studies

Specialization in Photography

CDFP 328   Photography:  Photography Production I
CDFP 329   Photography:  Photography Production II
CDFP 333   Photography:  Photography and Digital Imaging
CDFP 358   Photography:  Photography and the Web

Note to registered certificate program students
Effective Fall 2017, the Specialization in Film Studies has been revised. Students who formally registered in the certificate prior to July 2, 2017, must complete the program requirements in effect at the time they registered.

Specialization in Film Studies
CDMP 117 and CDMP 118 deleted.
CMPF 107 and CMPF 290 added.

Distance Education

The following courses are available in a distance education format. See Distance Education for more information.

CMPC 101   Combined Media:  Visual Studies I
CMPC 103   Combined Media:  Art and the Classical Tradition
CMPC 201   Combined Media:  Concepts and Theories