Describing Ryerson’s Creative School Programs in a Sentence (or Two)

By Ryerson University Modified on December 13, 2021
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 Describing Ryerson’s Creative School Programs in a Sentence (or Two)

The Creative School at Ryerson University is home to many (15 to be exact) cool and unique programs. Creativity is at the heart of innovation, driving insights and learning, and expanding what’s possible. By joining one of our programs, you’ll access transdisciplinary learning opportunities like no other place where you’ll co-create and collaborate with students from across the faculty and the university, as well as students from our array of international partners around the world.

To learn more about these programs, check out our programs described in one or two sentences by a current Creative Industries student, Jenna.

Creative industries

I think the best way to describe Creative Industries is that it is a combination of business and creative classes that allows students to learn how to work behind the scenes in a variety of creative industries, from music to film to journalism.


Besides being ranked one of the best fashion schools in the world in 2019 by The Business of Fashion, the Fashion program also offers students the opportunity to learn about fashion from different perspectives, has five optional concentrations, and hands-on experiences with internship opportunities and workshops within the program.

Graphic communications management

The Graphic Communications Management program is the only program in Canada that provides a degree in the printing industries. If you want to learn how to complete many creative projects from beginning to end, develop new skills in creativity, design, technology, innovation, business, and entrepreneurship, as well as get real-world experience with internships and labs, then this program might be for you.

Image arts: film studies

Film Studies is one of two programs from the School of Image Arts, which has been listed as one of MovieMaker’s top 40 best film schools in the U.S. & Canada 2021 for “outstanding documentary training”. This program allows students to gain experience in many aspects of filmmaking including writing, directing, and producing, while learning theory about film and film history with the opportunity for an internship.

Image arts: photography studies

Earlier in 2021, I did an interview with Samantha, a now-graduated Photography Studies student. The program is a combination of theory and hands-on experiences, and she described it as, “broad enough that you have the opportunity to go in whatever direction you want to, but it’s specific enough to photography that it’s not like other programs that are maybe more focused on visual arts as a whole.”

Interior design

Our Interior Design program is one of AZURE magazine’s top-ranked interior design schools in the world. The combination of theory and practice allows students to build their knowledge, explore their creativity, and test out their skills in real-world situations.


Second-year Journalism student Sonia describes her program as, “a whirlwind of emotions. You are placed right into the action from day one and are guided by your peers and industry professionals who support and encourage you to step out of your comfort zone. The best part is being taught transferable skills, so you aren’t limited to just one thing.”

RTA school of media: media production

Third-year Media Production student Geneva says, “the media production program allows students to choose their own paths from audio, film, and tv, digital media and more, providing us with the best tools when entering the industry.” Fun fact: the RTA School of Media was named one of the 20 best international film schools of 2021 by the Hollywood Reporter!

RTA school of media: new media

I truly think that New Media might be one of our university’s most unique programs. New Media allows students to shape their creativity through different mediums including robotics, art installations, and videos while also learning about media theory and production. It seems like it really has it all.

RTA school of media: sport media

The Sport Media program is the first of its kind in North America. This super-cool program focuses on media entertainment within the sports industry, and students learn unique skills such as sports journalism, sport entertainment management, and on-air hosting.

Performance: acting

The Acting program is one of three programs in the School of Performance. It’s a conservatory program where students identify and develop skills throughout their four years with lots of hands-on learning. Check out an interview with Jenn, a third year Acting student, who explains this program in detail.

Performance: dance

The Dance program is the second of three programs offered by the School of Performance. In this program, students learn about and train in a variety of dance styles from guest artists and arts organizations. They also can participate in a variety of performance opportunities.

Performance: production & design

The Production and Design program is the third program from the School of Performance. Production focuses on the behind-the-scenes aspects of live performances, such as design, production, and stage management. Check out this blog featuring an interview with a Production student where they described the program as a “really collaborative, physical experience with a lot of practical work involved.”

Professional communication

Carly, a fourth-year Professional Communication student said that this program “allows you to define strong messaging with social context and your audience in mind, while taking an intersectional approach to both theoretical and practical applications.”

Professional music

The Professional Music program is the Creative School’s newest addition with its first cohort of students admitted in Fall 2021. If you see yourself pursuing a career in the music industry, this program will help you get there. Students learn business skills to help succeed in the industry and are also able to develop their own creativity while in the program.

Hopefully these short summaries helped pique your interest and will lead you on the path to the Creative School!

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