New Media (BFA) / Years 1 Through 4

New media offers studies in computational art, social media, tangible media, interactive storytelling and critical media theories. A sample of core courses and electives can be found below. For more detailed information, please visit the Ryerson Course Calendar for the New Media (BFA) program.

Please note that Students who entered first year in Fall 2013 can find their curriculum here: Bachelor of Fine Arts (New Media) - Former Curriculum

Please note that Students who entered first year before Fall 2013 can find their curriculum here: Bachelor of Fine Arts (Image Arts) - New Media Option Former Curriculum.

Year 1

Fall - Semester 1 Winter - Semester 2

4 Required:

  1. RTA 101 Introduction to Media Theory and Practice
  2. RTA 102 Creative Processes
  3. RTA 103 Digital Media Production I
  4. RTA 104 Sound Production

1 Liberal Studies course from Table A.

5 Required:

  1. RTA 201 Video Art and Production
  2. RTA 220 New Media Art History
  3. RTA 221 Experiential Media/Interdisciplinary Practice
  4. RTA 222 Intro to Computational Arts
  5. RTA 223 Intro to Experience Design

Year 2

Revised 2017-2018

Fall - Semester 3 Winter - Semester 4

3 Required:

  1. RTA 320 Interactive Storytelling
  2. RTA 321 Intro to Tangible Media
  3. RTA 322 Technology, Identity and Creativity

1 New Media Core Elective course from Table I.

1 Liberal Studies course from Table A.

1 Required:

  1. RTA 323 Contemporary Strategies in New Media

2 New Media Core Elective courses from Table I.

1 Open Elective course from Open Elective Table.

1 Liberal Studies course from Table A.

Year 3

Fall - Semester 5 Winter - Semester 6


1 Required:

  1. RTA 520 Public Practice

2 New Media Core Elective courses from from Table I.

1 Open Elective course from Open Elective Table.

1 Liberal Studies course from Table B.

2 Required:

  1. RTA 501 Project Development - New Media
  2. RTA 521 #Activism: Media for Social Change

1 New Media Core Elective course from Table I.

2 Open Elective courses from Open Elective Table.

Year 4

First offered 2017-2018

Fall - Semester 7 Winter - Semester 8

1 Required:

  1. RTA 82A/B* Thesis Project

1 New Media Core Elective course from Table I.

1 Open Elective course from Open Elective Table.

1 Liberal Studies course from Table B.

*RTA 82A/B has a GPA Weight of 3.00 and a Course Count of 2.00

2 Required:

  1. RTA 82A/B* Thesis Project
  2. RTA 821 Issues in Experiential Media Art History

1 New Media Core Elective course from Table I.

1 Liberal Studies course from Table B.