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 active image-makers and researchers engaged with traditional and contemporary film, photography and digital media.

The new Integrated Digital option, available in the third year of Film Studies and Photography Studies has now successfully graduated its first cohort of students. This exciting specialization combines aspects of film and photography, including studies in digital design, sound, microcinema, motion graphics and visual effects. Students in first and second-year will be hearing more about this flexible option. Faculty and the academic coordinator are always available to discuss any of our programs with you and to help you to be successful in the School of Image Arts.

Our student-run initiatives, including the Ryerson University Film Festival (RUFF), and Maximum Exposure (MaxEx), are a yearly celebration of the work of the undergraduate students in the School. Be sure to attend these events as they showcase the exceptional talent of graduating students and provide a great opportunity to experience and celebrate their work in a public context. The School’s two graduate programs are highly regarded and one-of-a-kind programs in Canada. The graduate program in Documentary Media (MFA) has just celebrated the tenth Doc Now festival and students in the Film and Photography Preservation and Collections Management Program (MA) study throughout the world in a unique residency program.

Beyond the Ryerson community, the 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. Faculty members are experts in their fields and advance our understanding of visual and media arts through their film productions, exhibitions and publications. Professors in the School hold grants from prestigious national and international agencies, including Canada Council for the Arts; Ontario Arts Council and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, to name a few.

The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) is a partner institution to the School and a world-class photography and related media centre. The RIC hosts an outstanding calendar of openings, artist talks, exhibitions and activities and is a premier venue for exceptional student work.

Students are the heart of our community. We invite each of you to participate in the School and all university activities throughout the year. We welcome you to share your fresh ideas and new perspectives in everything you do during your program of studies. Most of all we look forward to helping you to achieve your educational goals in the School of Image Arts.

Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick, Chair

School of Image Arts | Advisory Council

° Jan Allen (Chief Curator/Curator of Contemporary Art, Agnes Etherington Art Centre)
° Sean Farnel (Independent Film Programmer)
° Vera Frenkel (Multidisciplinary Artist)
° Geoffrey James (Photographer/Writer)
° Patricia Rozema (Director/Screenwriter/Producer/Editor)
° Bonnie Rubenstein (Artistic Director, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Toronto)
° Theresa Scandiffio (on leave for 2019; Senior Director & Lead Programmer, Learning Division, Toronto International Film Festival)
° Keith Bennie (Acting Director of Learning, Toronto International Film Festival)