TORONTO, April 7, 2015 --- The RTA School of Media at Ryerson University today announced a new experiential design project for students created in association with the Ontario Science Centre. The new project will include a hands-on design course and mentorship from the Centre’s curators, resulting in a prominent exhibition at the Centre in summer 2016. 

Available to New Media and Digital Media students, the course will integrate idea generation and project pitching with prototyping, development, and management of a large-scale public experience. Beginning in September, students will participate in a series of workshops and brainstorming events led by RTA professor Steve Daniels. Selected projects will be fully developed during the winter 2016 academic term and featured in an exhibit at the Science Centre throughout the summer of 2016. Experts from the RTA School of Media and the Ontario Science Centre will mentor each phase of this project-based course.

“At RTA we encourage learning through doing,” said RTA chair, Charles Falzon. “This is a great opportunity for our students to get real-world experience, and fully appreciate the end-to-end process of designing an exhibit and installing it into a public space.”

“This collaboration is a chance to celebrate the innovative work of our students. Together with the Ontario Science Centre, we can reach large, diverse audiences, and showcase student-driven projects that push the boundaries of content and storytelling,” said Steve Daniels.

“The Ontario Science Centre strives to bring together young artists, designers and scientists to explore relationships between science, technology and art,” said Kevin von Appen, Director of Science Communication. “Over the years with our partners, we’ve presented artworks responding to topics ranging from bio-art to video gaming, from robotics to stem cell research, from mathematics and astronomy to fashion, body image and steampunk pop culture – with every conceivable media employed to engage our visitors. We look forward with great excitement to experiencing the creativity of Ryerson’s RTA students.”

About the RTA School of Media:
The RTA School of Media at Ryerson University is Canada's premier school of media production, media art and broadcasting. RTA provides students with an intense and rewarding education in all aspects of media creation, art and scholarship.

About Ryerson University
Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 38,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more than 155,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past four years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit http://www.ryerson.ca



For further information contact:
Melissa Malone
Communications, RTA School of Media
416-979-5107 x7015

News release April 7 2015

9:00am Tuesday April 7th