Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick portraitMessage from the Chair

Welcome to the School of Image Arts!

The School of Image Arts is a leader in film and photographic education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Home to a vibrant arts community, the students and faculty are actively engaged in film and photographic practice and in research to analyze, curate and archive traditional and contemporary image-based media.

The new Integrated Digital option, which is available in the third year of Film Studies and Photography Studies has welcomed its first cohort of students. This exciting specialization allows you to earn your discipline-based degree at the intersection of film and photography, including studies in digital design, soundscapes and sonic environments, microcinema, motion graphics and visual effects. Students in first and second-year will be hearing more about this flexible option soon and faculty and the academic coordinator are always available to discuss the option and its relevance to your curricular goals.

Our student-run initiatives, including the Ryerson University Film Festival (RUFF), and Maximum Exposure (MaxEx), are going strong. Our graduate program in Documentary Media (MFA) has just celebrated its eighth Doc Now festival. Be sure to attend these events, they showcase the exceptional talent of graduating students and provide a great opportunity to experience and celebrate their work in a public context.

Faculty members of the School of Image Arts are passionate about art practice and scholarship and about engaging in lively, creative discussions that advance our understanding of visual and media arts. Close to home, many have been honoured for their research, teaching and service. The faculty roll includes University Research Fellows, and Ryerson/Sarwan Sahota Distinguished Scholar Award recipients.

Beyond the Ryerson community, our school is recognized as a national and international centre for creative innovation in the study, production, exhibition and research of film, photography and digital art. The School is privileged to have scholars and artists of international renown, and many hold grants from prestigious national and international agencies, including Canada Council for the Arts; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; CFI Innovation Fund; Ontario Arts Council; and the governments of Canada and France. Our unique MA program in Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management has earned an international reputation for excellence.

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC), our neighbouring world-class photography and related media centre, hosts an outstanding calendar of openings, artist talks, exhibitions and activities. The RIC is a premier venue for exceptional student work, and many classes take advantage of its programming and extensive research collection.

Students are the heart of our community. We invite each of you to participate in the school and university activities throughout the year. We welcome your fresh ideas and new perspectives in the classroom every day. Most of all, we look forward to getting to know you and working together over the next few years—and beyond.

Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick, Chair


School of Image Arts | Advisory Council

° Jennifer Baichwal
° Marc Boulay
° Sylvia Frank
° Vera Frenkel
° Karen Harnisch
° Ryan Hughes
° Robyn McCallum
° Andrew Murphy
° Bonnie Rubenstein
° Patricia Rozema
° Marcus Schubert