During the intensive one-year learning experience, students take part in hands-on labs in the Fall and Winter terms, as well as lectures and seminars in which students explore the theory, business and aesthetics of the media industry. Students attend classes at the Ryerson University campus in downtown Toronto. The curriculum includes a wide range of elective course options and a number of unique course opportunities.
Recent examples include:
- Classes with world-renowned industry professionals based in Toronto. Recently this has included the Special Topics in Media Production course with Ryerson’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence, director and screenwriter Atom Egoyan;
- A course offered in Los Angeles on the UCLA campus during their Spring/Summer term in which select students take part in an intensive boot camp in the US media industry learning directly from industry professionals; and,
- A course in which students work collaboratively on research with students from Georgia Tech’s Synesthetic Media Lab (Synlab) supervised by RTA faculty member Alexandra Mazalek, Canada Research Chair, Digital Media.
In addition, students can apply to work on their project within the RTA Transmedia Zone. The RTA Transmedia Zone develops new insights, analysis, models, and practices for content-creators across this emerging network. With a unique emphasis on public/private partnerships, bringing together communities of practice across academia, industry, and the arts, the Zone explores the opportunities offered by the convergence of media practices in three target areas: content creation, audience relationships and emergent business models.