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Image Arts: COVID-19 Updates

You must be vaccinated to access campus

Effective Monday, October 18, individuals accessing campus or in-person university activities off-campus must be fully vaccinated or have received an approved exemption from the university. Individuals who have approved exemptions are still required to participate in the Rapid Antigen Testing Program.

The university has implemented a number of health and safety protocols and requirements to protect the health and safety of our community. If you’re planning to visit campus, please review what you need to access campus.

Many new procedures and protocols have been implemented for the coming year to ensure the safety of the students, staff and faculty of the School of Image Arts. These follow extensive review and consultation with Ryerson’s Environmental Health & Safety unit and are aligned  with public health guidelines. Students and employees are expected to adhere to all safety requirements, facility signage and direction while on the premises. Protocols will be strictly enforced.    

January 2022

Dear Image Arts students, faculty, and staff,

Welcome back! On October 26, 2021, the university announced plans for a broader return with more classes and services on campus.  

Please read the below information carefully:

IMA students will have access to the building starting Friday, January 14, 2022

  • Students can access the building using their OneCard
  • To apply for a OneCard, please follow the instruction on How To Apply for OneCard

January 31st to February 25th

Building access hours: 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday

Facility/Production hours: 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (The Technology Resource Centre will operate 30 minutes prior and 30 minutes after to accommodate pick up and returns) 

Special accommodations:Production access outside of standard operating hours between Jan 14 to Feb 4 requires 2 weeks notice and approval of application submitted via this IMA Room Booking Form, external link.

Starting February 28th (*Extended Access)

Please note: The Technology Resource Centre will operate for 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after the listed times below to accommodate pick up and returns. 

*Monday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

*Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Thursday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Friday: 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

*Saturdays: 10:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

Image Arts Building at 122 Bond Street

Access:                              Undergraduate students: only during regular building hours

                                           Graduate students: 24/7

                                           Faculty and staff: 24/7

                                           Visitors: during regular building hours with authorization                                                                 

Requirements:                   OneCard and Passed Health Screening Status

Entrance:                           Main door at the corner of Gould and Bond Streets


KHS at 50 Gould Street

Regular Building Hours:     Not applicable

Access:                               Undergraduate students: no access

                                            Graduate students: 24/7

                                            Faculty and staff: 24/7

                                            Visitors: only with authorization

Requirements:                    OneCard and Passed Health Screening Status

Entrance:                            Door at 50 Gould Street

Health Screening

Prior to each visit, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must complete a mandatory health screening before being granted access to Image Arts buildings. Mandatory health screenings must be completed via the RyersonSafe app or the RyersonSafe Health Screening webpage.

Admittance to IMA building at 122 Bond Street

You will be required to show your OneCard and proof of your Passed Health Screening Status via the RyersonSafe app or a print copy to the check-in attendant at the front desk to access the IMA Building at 122 Bond Street during regular building hours.

The attendant will verify your Passed Health Screening Status and check you in.

There will be NO admittance to Image Arts buildings without the Ryerson OneCard and the Passed Health Screening Status. As with all COVID-19 protocols, we ask students, faculty, staff, and visitors to be courteous and kind.

Wear a Mask When Indoors

University mask policy requires that a mask or face covering must be worn by every person at all times while indoors in a manner that covers their mouth, nose and chin. As with all COVID protocols, we ask community members to be courteous and kind. For more information on guidelines and exemptions, visit the Masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) page.

Physical Distancing

In all Image Arts building spaces (122 Bond Street and 50 Gould Street), including classrooms, studios, soundstage, labs, common spaces (including corridors and elevators), the two-metre physical distancing requirement remains in place at this time. Review information on physical distancing on campus.

Voluntary COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Testing Available on Campus

In addition to the required rapid antigen testing program for those who are not vaccinated, we are pleased to offer voluntary COVID-19 testing to vaccinated community members participating in higher risk activities, such as living in residence or participating in athletics. Voluntary testing is an added layer of protection that complements the various health and safety precautions already in place. Learn more about voluntary testing available on campus.

Further Information

Visit the Image Arts webpage for further information on the procedures and protocols for 2021-2022 updates for Image Arts buildings.

To learn more about general requirements for accessing campus during the Fall 2021 semester, as well as health and safety guidelines, please visit Ryerson’s COVID-19 Information and Updates website.

Wellbeing Support

It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to gather, and this has been an extended period of uncertainty and change, which is likely to continue. A number of supports continue to be in place to support those coming to campus, as well as those continuing to study and work remotely. Students can learn more about services available to them through Student Wellbeing. Employees are encouraged to review the resources made available on the COVID-19 website regarding wellbeing, as well as the Ryerson Recharge campaign.

  • Hours of Operation: Spring/Summer Hours 

    Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, unless otherwise noted.

    Please note: Production facilities will open 30 minutes after the listed times will close 30 minutes before.
  • To gain access to the Technology Resource Centre (formerly the Equipment Cage) all students must sign a Technical Operations Agreement. Incoming 1st year students are also required to complete WHMIS training (available through D2L) and provide a copy of the certificate. The Agreement and WHMIS certificate must be submitted to the cage via the online form., external link
  • Equipment can be reserved in advance using the online booking system., external link Login with your Ryerson credentials. Check-outs and reservations for 10 items or less can be made in person during cage operating hours, but it is recommended that you book in advance online. Reservations cannot be made over the phone.  
  • Online reservations are requests only. Once the booking has been confirmed, you will receive a confirmation email.
  • You are expected to check equipment upon pick-up and report any issues to the Technology Resource Centre within 20 minutes.
  • Sanitizing procedures -  All equipment will be cleaned by staff upon return.
  • To contact the Technology Resource Centre, please call 416-979-5000 Ext 556845. To contact the Technology Resource Centre's technical staff please email, opens in new window or, opens in new window.
  • PDF fileTechnical Operations Agreement Form
  • Hours of Operation 
The Digital Printing Facility, PIC Scanning and Student Print are closed for the term. We will reopen in the Fall of 2022.


  • Digital Printing Facility (DPF) is located on the 2nd Floor of the School of Image Arts (IMA-230)
  • PIC Scanning and Student Print are located on the 2nd Floor of the School of Image Arts (IMA-233)

  • We will continue to use an online submission form. Work submissions will be connected to the DPF email address, which is Please find the link below. We will also accept USB sticks, if needed.
  • Communication about your submission and pick up will be via your Ryerson email address.
  • To book a printer, email
  • To book a scanner, email
  • Please note: Access to all of these facilities are for Undergraduate and Graduate Image Arts students only.
  • Film lab order forms are online google formhere, external link
  • A QR code to the lab form is also posted by the lab dropbox. This form provides info on lab status updates, pricing, procedures and more.
  • Each negative's box or can must be clearly identified with the name used on your form, the date, and your prof’s name when applicable.
  • Forms and exposed films must both be received before orders are handled. 
  • Orders may be deposited any time the school is open but intake is cut off twice a week, with results the following evening.
  • Digital transfers of films are emailed when ready.
  • Payment for lab orders is automatically deducted from student OneCards. Cards should be preloaded accordingly.
  • For further info, contact Mark Loeser in the lab at IMA 327 or at, opens in new window
  • Open Space and The School of Image Arts Workshop will be available for fabrication and assembly work for the Winter 2022 term.  Hours of operation will be: Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Tuesdays and Wednesdays the studio will be open by appointment.  Appointments can be made with the Technician, Joseph Lammirato.
  • Joseph will also be available for online student consultations through Google Chat, Google Meet or Zoom. Please make arrangements and appointments by email to, opens in new window
  • Students will be able to take out selected Open Space tools to complete projects off campus following consultation with the Technician.

FCAD Open Space: How-to video - The Cordless Drill.

FCAD Open Space: How-to video - The Jigsaw.

Masks on campus: Distribution and usage

To: All employees

 With remote work continuing until at least January 2021, in July the university implemented a Face Mask Policy for faculty, staff and students required to be on campus. The policy outlines that:

  • A Mask or Face Covering must be worn in enclosed spaces where the public is permitted entry.
  • A Mask or Face Covering must be worn in all other enclosed spaces unless designated or prescribed by the university.

As you review this information, please keep in mind that we all have a role to play in keeping our community safe and limiting the spread of COVID-19. At the same time, it’s important to be mindful that we are all adjusting to the new normal of these important and necessary safety guidelines.

 Frequently asked questions about mask use
Are masks required in classrooms?

Yes, students, faculty and staff are required to wear masks in classrooms unless a policy exemption applies. Review policy exemptions online.

Are faculty required to wear masks while teaching?

Faculty are required to wear masks while teaching unless you are able to deliver the class behind a physical barrier while also maintaining a physical distance of six feet from students at all times or a policy exemption applies.

Are masks required in spaces designated for individual use (e.g. an office space, a single study room)?

Faculty, staff and students are not required to wear masks in spaces designated for individual use, as long as they are the only person in the space. If an additional person/people enter the space, then all individuals in the space are required to wear masks until the individual is alone in the space again.

Are masks required in shared office or academic spaces?

Yes, masks are required in shared office or academic spaces, unless a policy exemption applies.

Our area is working on setting up a physical barrier as a safety precaution to limit transmission risk. Do we still have to wear masks?

Please contact Environmental Health and Safety who will work with you to complete a risk assessment to determine when and if mask use is still required.

Can I take my mask off to eat?

Masks may be temporarily removed when eating or drinking in an area designated for dining.

What should I do if my colleague/student/employee has removed their mask?

If needed, individuals can temporarily remove their masks if it’s preventing them from being understood, as long as the individual maintains a physical distance of six feet from others. If someone’s mask has been temporarily removed, or they’ve forgotten to put it on, lead with a gentle and helpful reminder to put it back on.

More information on mask use

For more information on mask use including guidance for mask use during athletic and fitness activities, as well as more detail on what to do if someone is not wearing a mask, visit Mask use on campus.

Ryerson University COVID-19 Updates