Creative Industries frequently asked questions

I’m in my second year of Ryerson’s Creative Industries program and… I love it! However, whenever I tell anyone outside of the Ryerson community what my program is they always say… what’s that? I even wrote a blog last year about what exactly the Creative Industries program is

I had a lot of questions about this program when I was applying, and I’m sure prospective students do as well. I took questions I’ve been asked about the program and saw during a Virtual Open House session to create a Creative Industries frequently asked questions blog.

What is Creative Industries?

Creative Industries (CRI) is a program within Ryerson’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD). It’s basically a combination of business and arts. You get to take two creative content modules that include The Music Industry, Fashion, Acting/Dance studies and more! Alongside the modules, you take general Creative Industries courses, business courses and electives. I love this program because it’s well-rounded and can be personalized to your interests.

What’s a module?

Every CRI student gets to complete two of the possible 13 modules, which means completing six classes for each module. These courses are picked from a predetermined list and completed throughout your degree. My modules are The Business and Practice of News and The Music Industry.

What types of careers do people get into after this program?

The careers graduates can have include jobs in live entertainment, marketing, media, event and talent management, advertising and more! There is a mandatory internship in CRI so students can gain some work experience in their field of interest. 

What’s the admissions average for this program? Is it hard to get into?

The average grade range for this program is 83-90%, but this can change from year to year. Ontario Universities’ Info has more information about enrollment. I say that no matter what program you apply to, it’s important to strive to do your best!

Is there a written component or portfolio of some sort that you have to include when you apply for admission?

CRI is a grades-only program, which means that there are no mandatory non-academic requirements, such as a portfolio. However, there is an opportunity to submit an optional statement where you can explain why you’d like to be admitted to the program, but there is no requirement to submit one. 

Can you explain a bit more about what taking journalism in Creative Industries looks like?

Okay, this wasn’t a frequently asked question, but I wanted to answer it because I think it could be a good representation of taking modules in general. In CRI, the journalism module is called The Business and Practice of News. Throughout my four years in the program I’ll take six news studies (NNS) classes. However, these NNS classes are combined with Journalism classes, so you’re taking the same classes with students in the Journalism program. For example, I took NNS 500: Journalism and the Arts, and there were also Journalism students in the same class. You don’t get to take all the same classes as Journalism students-and not nearly as many journalism classes as they would-but it’s great for getting a taste of journalism. I imagine this is similar for most module classes. 

Am I able to take electives outside of the program as well?

Absolutely! There are many opportunities to take electives throughout the program, they’re even mandatory. You get to take lower liberal, upper liberal and open elective classes. I’ve been able to take cool electives such as POL 128: Politics in Film and CHY 183: Introduction to Forensic Sciences

Is it easy to make friends in this program?

In my opinion, yes. Everyone I’ve met in this program has been so kind and fun, and I’ve made some great friends through Orientation events in first year and while working on group projects. If you put yourself out there, you’ll definitely find a kindred spirit in the program. I’ve had a lot of fun working on projects in my CRI classes and never had a problem with group work when working with Creative Industries students. They’re just all around great!

What has this program looked like over the past year with online learning?

For me, besides classes moving online, I find that my experience within the program hasn’t changed too much. Most of my classes are live and professors lecture as they normally would, so student participation is still possible. Group work and in-class exercises were a large part of my experience in first year, and they’re still happening online with Zoom breakout rooms. Obviously it’s not the same as in-person, but it’s still pretty good. 

I hope at least some of your CRI questions were answered! If not, check out their website for more information. 

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