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Fall 2021 Updates from GCM

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  • August 31, 2021: Per updated physical-distancing requirements in our labs, instructors for in-person courses have planned for a safe return with new details below. Full details will be communicated by instructors via course shell.

Fall 2021 Semester


The Ministry originally indicated that a return to campus without social distancing was possible for September, but the Delta variant continues to challenge our healthcare system. As a result of increased infections, we are again asked to ensure social distancing for in-person activity. 

Your professors are working hard to modify our plans to ensure your safety. While we had wished to return unmodified for one class, with social distancing requirements this is a challenge. Difficult but not impossible! 

Each class will offer unique opportunities to return to campus in a safe and socially distanced way, as well as online options for those of us not ready to meet in person at this time. Please keep your eye on Ryerson’s COVID-19 website for updates.

Some other important requirements for your return include proof of full vaccination and daily screening using the RyersonSafe app. Please check your app store to download (if you are unable to download, click here to complete the health screening, opens in new window). The app will provide you with a QR code which you will show your instructor to join your in-person labs. Please have also a look at the amazing student services that are available to you.


Updated course plans with the latest physical-distancing requirements:

  • GCM 120 - Graphic Communications Processes 1
    • Each week ALL students in the course are required to review the 3-hour virtual course content, either live (Wednesdays from 3–6 p.m. EDT) or watch the recording of the content on-demand whenever is most convenient for you (available every Thursday morning).

      As per updated physical-distancing requirements in our labs, students who have opted for in-person delivery are invited to attend one 3-hour in-person session once every 4 weeks on the exact dates they are scheduled to attend (the schedule will be emailed and posted on our D2L course shell). The in-person sessions are designed to complement the virtual delivery, but this is not a mandatory component. 
  • GCM 240 - Material Science for Print
    • The 1 hr lecture will be virtual. Students have the option to take the 2 hr lab virtually or in-person (for the first 9 weeks). Depending on which they choose, the assignments will be slightly different.
    • Sections 1&3: virtual; Sections 2, 4–8: in-person (for first 9 weeks of the semester)
  • GCM 360 - Colour Management for Graphic Communications
  • GCM 420 - Advanced Print Production
    • The GCM 420 course (in-person) will be held as a mixture of virtual synchronous and asynchronous sessions and in-person production at the school. Each student will be scheduled to come into the school for about five of the sessions to produce their products in-person in small groups of four.

Other notes:

  • Ryerson Face Mask policy. Everyone is required to wear a face mask. The best mask is one that has KN95 or N95 rating, followed by a surgical mask, and cloth masks offer the least amount of protection.
  • If you feel sick before you should not come on campus for your own safety and for the safety of others. You are welcome to attend the virtual section of the on-campus course.
  • Before coming onto campus students need to complete the COVID-19 health screening using the Ryerson Safe App. The app is available for free for iOS and Android. Students need to show the green QR when entering the lab.
  • Rapid testing is available at the VIC building Room 110 from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Make sure to have your OneCard on hand.
  • COVID-19 cases can be reported through this page. Let also your instructor know if you have been exposed to COVID or have been diagnosed with COVID as soon as possible.

Dear GCM students,

It was a positive sign to read the update from President Lachemi on June 9th and learn that the university is slowly moving towards a return to campus, with Fall 2021 being a transition term leading up to what is hoped to be a full return to campus come January 2022. We understand that there is still much uncertainty for the fall term, and that many of you are wondering what the fall will look like.

To the extent we can share with you the plans without knowing the specific directives from the province or federal governments on social distancing, we will share with you what we are doing as of June 21, 2021. Please be mindful that these plans could change based upon the evolving nature of the pandemic, as well as medical and governmental guidance.

At the School level, we have developed a plan that maximizes the impact of in-person learning while at the same time keeping the health and wellbeing of the GCM Family our number one priority. For Fall 2021, GCM plans to offer four courses in person as follows:

  • GCM 120 - Graphic Communications Processes 1
    • 3 hour lab in-person
  • GCM 240 - Material Science for Print
    • 1 hour lecture remote virtual + 2 hour lab in-person
  • GCM 360 - Colour Management for Graphic Communications
    • 1.5 hour lecture remote virtual + 1.5 hour lab in-person
  • GCM 420 - Advanced Print Production
    • 3 hour lab in-person

In addition to offering the above courses in-person, GCM also hopes to be able to offer opportunity to host select extracurricular events in-person as well. As with the course offerings, the extent of what we can do will be based upon a number of external factors.

Please note that for any in-person course offerings, efforts will be made to accommodate students that cannot attend in-person classes. Please check this page regularly leading up to the Fall 2021 semester for updates.


General FAQ for All Students

Due to the transition nature for the fall, it would be in your best interest to be able to attend on-campus classes in the fall. If however you cannot move to Toronto, we can make suggestions of courses that will be in an online format, but you will need to plan this carefully as you have the potential to be out of sync with your degree. If you opt to take courses out of sequence with your degree, it is your responsibility to ensure that you have completed all the credits required for your degree prior to graduation. Note that some courses are prerequisites for upper-year courses so taking them out of sequence may result in you having to extend your studies in order to complete the program.

Hours will be posted as soon as we are available to open. We will also continue to offer all of the services and advice through an online format and emails.

Schedules will be available for viewing on RAMSS by August 5.

Technology requirements will differ from course to course. Generally speaking, a computer and working internet connection will be required. Use of applications such as cloud-based software and Adobe Creative Suite may be required in some courses, and as such, your computer may require a compatible version/processing capability.

Technology Recommendations from GCM:

The following are MacBook and iMac hardware specs are recommended for GCM students taking Fall 2021 courses. A minimum internet speed of 150 Mbps is recommended for a stable connection for virtual Zoom class meetings.

Mac computers: Students can purchase a Mac computer online. Ryerson students are eligible for a student discount on the Apple website, external link, opens in new window.

1. 13" MacBook Air, external link, opens in new window

Recommended for: desktop publishing, photo editing, illustrating


  • Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 8‑core GPU, and 16‑core Neural Engine
  • 8GB unified memory
  • 512GB SSD storage
  • Retina display with True Tone
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports

Mac software included:

  • Photos, iMovie, GarageBand
  • Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • macOS

2. 16" Mac Book Pro, external link, opens in new window

Recommended for: video production/editing, desktop publishing, photo editing, illustrating


  • Apple M1 chip with 8‑core CPU, 8-core GPU, and 16-core Neural Engine
  • 8GB unified memory
  • 256GB SSD storage¹ (512 GB SSD for 16")
  • 13-inch Retina display with True Tone
  • Magic Keyboard
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Force Touch trackpad
  • Two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports

Mac software included:

  • Photos, iMovie, GarageBand
  • Pages, Numbers, Keynote
  • macOS

3. PC Laptop and Desktop (more uncommon at GCM, but can be used)

PCs should have minimum intel core i5, 16 GB RAM, a good video card with 2GB RAM (not RAM shared), and high-speed internal 500GB HDD (preferably 500GB SSD). A 13" or 15" laptop (or desktop with 21" monitor) and Windows 10/12 OS system is recommended.

FYI: Ryerson students are eligible for a discounted student rate for Dell computers, external link, opens in new window

Click here for more information about Ryerson's Laptop Loan Program, opens in new window.

Yes, all GCM staff members will be available to contact remotely in the Fall semester. Please email GCM's Academic Coordinator Marietta Canlas (, opens in new window) if you would like to set up an appointment. It would be convenient if you could give Marietta and idea of dates and times that work for you in your email.

Synchronous learning allows you to learn at the same time with your classmates and in the same ways (for example, a live Zoom lecture). Asynchronous learning allows you to learn the same material at different times, in different time zones from different locations. 

Course delivery differs from course to course. All details will be communicated to you directly ahead of the semester by individual course instructors.

Yes, paying your Tuition Deposit is an essential step for confirming your spot at Ryerson. Visit the Fee Payments page from the Registrar's Office for more information.

Please visit Undergraduate Fees, opens in new window for up-to-date information on tuition fees.

FAQ for Incoming First Year Students

Submit your transfer credit application as soon you have accepted your offer of admission. Please visit the Transfer Credits page, opens in new window for information on eligibility, application instructions and deadlines.

Incoming students are automatically enrolled into their Fall and Winter term required courses. You will have to enroll in your Liberal Studies course (details in question below). If you have more questions please don’t hesitate to contact Marietta Canlas via email at Please watch the video below for more information.

Open enrollment for first year students will begin on Tuesday, August 10 at 6:00 a.m. on RAMSS. Please visit this page for a list of Liberal Table A courses.

FAQ for Returning Students (Second to Fourth Years)

Guidelines for the Fall 2022 internship program will be shared at a later date via email and on social channels.

  • 4th year: Thursday, August 12 (6 a.m.)
  • 3rd year: Monday, August 16  (6 a.m.)
  • 2nd year: Wednesday, August 18 (6 a.m.)

The open enrollment for students who did not course intent is Monday, August 23.

Grades will be released on Wednesday, August 25 at 8:00 a.m.

If you are taking Spring/Summer 2021 courses, you need to sign your Probationary Contract now. If you are taking courses in Fall 2021, you need to sign your contract in September.

You are only allowed to take four (4) courses while on Probation.

Yes it is possible to complete both, but neither is mandatory.