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We empower students to learn their craft, find their voice and tell impactful stories through image.

As the oldest and most highly-regarded school of its kind in Canada, Image Arts is an internationally-renowned destination for the study, production, and exhibition of film and photography. Students learn by doing through applied courses that provide access to industry-grade facilities and equipment. By studying in Toronto, the centre of media arts production in Canada, Image Arts students are exposed to a vibrant arts and culture scene and given a wealth of professional opportunities.

Image Arts programs


What You'll Learn
  • Film Technology
  • Screenwriting
  • Cinematography
  • Film Production
  • Business of film
  • Film History & Criticism
What You'll Learn
  • Commercial, creative and editorial photography
  • Media art
  • Emerging imaging technologies (VR, AR and 3D Modeling)
  • Lighting
  • Advertising
  • Curation
  • Documentary storytelling
  • Professional practice

The Integrated Digital (ID) Option is specialization stream that focusses on digital media. It's open to all Film and Photography students, and those wishing to enrol do so in their third year.

What You'll Learn
  • Motion Graphics
  • 3D Modelling/Animation
  • Photography/Photogrammetry
  • Experimental Video 
  • Multi-Channel and Non-Linear Video
  • Creative Coding
  • Projection Mapping 
  • Video Game Design
  • Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality
  • 3D Printing
  • Interactive Exhibition Design
  • Visual Effects (VFX)



What You'll Learn
  • Documentary history
  • Documentary production 
  • Visual culture
  • Media Fundamentals
  • Professional Perspectives in Documentary
  • Research Methods 
What You'll Learn
  • Photographic preservation
  • History of film & photography
  • Curation and exhibition
  • Film production processess
  • Collections management
  • Digital preservation
Choose from three streams:
  • Media and culture
  • Politics and policy
  • Technology in practice

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
  • The minimum grade required in the subject prerequisite (normally in the 65-70% range) will be determined subject to competition.

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.


Why are our grads successful?

They're taught and mentored by a diverse faculty of academics and media makers

They take on internships with high profile industry professionals looking for upcoming talent

They graduate having already built a robust portfolio and professional network


Make & create with professional grade equipment

A large 4,500sq.ft. studio space with a variety of professional lighting systems, product tables, fabric backdrops, rolling studio stands, grip and support systems, softboxes, and a variety of light modifiers.

A 3,000 sq. ft sound-insulated workspace with a full light grid, camera dolly, and green screen.

Film editing benches for completing analog assignments and digital suites equipped with editing software.

Labs for developing photographic film — the labs support historical and alternative film processes like tin types, glass plate negatives, B&W Fibre and analogue colour printing.

Open Space (opens in new window) 

The Open Space is a production facility for developing, fabricating and testing multimedia projects, with the assistance and consultation of technical staff.

Design + Technology Lab (opens in new window) 

The LAB is a technology-based workshop with a wide range of tools and equipment for fabrication, including:

  • 3D printers
  • Woodworking equipment
  • Metalworking equipment
  • Laser cutters
  • Robotic tools
  • Drones
  • AR/VR equipment

Share your work & stand out


Gallery exhibits, festivals and live events give students the opportunity to collaborate, build confidence and have their voices heard.

An annual, student-run festival that premieres the thesis films made by students

A year-end exhibition showcasing student work and featuring a curated selection of photography, installation, moving image and digital arts.

A visual art and culture publication that is curated, designed, and produced by a team of 4th-year students

In good company


Image Arts grads are...

  • Curators
  • Educators
  • Art directors
  • Digital content creators
  • Filmmakers
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Event managers
  • Magazine editors
  • Creative entrepreneurs

You belong at
The Creative School

As an Image Arts student, you'll be part of The Creative School, a dynamic faculty offering 26 degree programs in media, design and creative industries. Through global experiences and transdisciplinary opportunities, our students emerge as some of the most in demand and employable graduates anywhere.

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