Announcements



RTA Academic Orientation on August 27

First year Media Production, New Media and Sport Media students – in addition to your afternoon session​, we are hosting program-specific morning orientation sessions. The morning sessions are designed to give you a chance to learn more about your program, meet faculty and alumni members, and ask any questions you may have.  Following the morning session, a lunch will be provided in Pitman Quad before all students gather at 1-2:30pm in ENG-103 for the afternoon information session.

Morning session details:

RTA School of Media: New Media
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: 80 Gould Street, 1st Floor, Rogers Communications Centre – Studio A
Description: Academic orientation for incoming New Media students

RTA School of Media: Media Production
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: The George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre, 245 Church Street – Room: LG-14
Description: Academic orientation for incoming Media Production students

RTA School of Media: Sport Media
Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
Location: Mattamy Athletic Centre, 50 Carlton Street, 4th Floor concourse
Description: Academic orientation for incoming Sport Media students






RTA School of Media to host IMSTA FESTA

The RTA School of Media, together with the International Music Software Trade Association (IMSTA) and Society of Composers, Authors, and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), will host music technology event, IMSTA FESTA, on Saturday, September 6 from 11:00am – 6:00pm.

The event will showcase the work of musicians, DJs, songwriters, music producers, audio engineers, students and educators for a day of hands-on workshops, panels and demonstrations.

For anyone interested in music production, this is a great opportunity to network with industry heavyweights, learn about and test the latest technology, watch demonstrations by product specialists and ask questions.

Date: Saturday, September 6th, 2014
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Location: 80 Gould Street, Toronto, ON
Admission: FREE with Registration at www.imsta.org/register_TO.php

Learn more at www.imsta.org






2014 Inductees for the RTA Wall of Fame

The RTA Alumni Association is pleased to announce this year’s RTA Wall of Fame inductees. Following hundreds of nominations, the Committee was faced with the difficult task of selecting our 5 honourees. Come celebrate and join your RTA “family” on Alumni Weekend as we honour the following individuals:

  • Alan Hamel (Class of 1957)
  • Susan Marjetti (Class of 1983)
  • Scott Moore (Class of 1984)
  • Vera Santamaria (Class of 2001)
  • Alison Smith (Class of 1977)

WHEN: Alumni Weekend – Saturday, October 18th, 2014
TIME: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
WHERE: Rogers Communication Centre, 80 Gould Street, RCC 204 (Eaton Theatre)

Following the presentation, be sure to take a tour of our fabulous facilities guided by a current RTA student.
What better way to come back home and see how things have changed over the years!

Please RSVP to:

Donna Buczkowski, President, RTA Alumni Association if you plan on attending OR if you have any questions: dbuczkow@ryerson.ca

As we move forward, each year additional Alumni will be added to this ever-growing and prestigious list of recipients.






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RTA Upfront Returns June 3rd

RTA`s annual showcase of the school’s best projects returns this Tuesday, June 3rd. The event will be held in the new Transmedia Zone, a hub of innovation and a perfect fit for the creative projects that emerged this year.

RTA invites industry and alumni to come enjoy breakfast, get to know our students, and perhaps even find a project that fits with your organization. Please RSVP to rtaevent@ryerson.ca.

RTA Upfront

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Transmedia Zone, Rogers Communication Centre 230

80 Gould Street

RSVP to rtaevent@ryerson.ca

 






Story Hackathon

On March 7th and 8th, students from across the university gathered in the Transmedia Zone and RTA studios to collaborate and prototype towards a focused goal. The Story Hackathon combined the act of hacking- taking apart and putting back together in new and innovative ways-with the world of books. Director of the Transmedia Zone Richard Lachman explains: “Digital culture is having a huge effect on the world of books; from what and how we read, to how the business of publishing and sales works.  We think the time is ripe for a new set of ideas; and since we all have relationships with books, those ideas can come from anyone.

Representatives from Penguin, the Walrus, Kobo, Toronto Public Libraries, and other organizations pitched challenges to the participants in a crowded studio on Friday evening. Student teams hacked through the night, with help from industry and faculty mentors, to create a prototype to pitch to the judges during closing ceremonies the next day.

The Story Hackathon continues to build on previous Transmedia Zone events that strive to inspire innovation, creativity and teamwork in the Ryerson community. The Transmedia Zone has also become a hub for new media and media production students to interact, share, and work together to create richer and better projects to shape the future of media.






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RTA A Top Selection for Applicants

The RTA School of Media continues to be a top selection for students interested in the media field. This year was especially competitive, as the number of applicants surpassed 2000 students across all three RTA programs. RTA`s new Sport Media program received 600 applications alone, for 60 available spots.

After a brief hiatus, RTA has reintroduced interviews as part of the admission process for the Media Production program. Following the review process for application packages, faculty met with prospective students in a one-on-one interview. The interviews provided students the opportunity to express why the School of Media is the right fit for their future studies and allowed faculty to gain a better sense of how the students’ passions would contribute to the RTA community. After 400 interviews, we feel that we have found a great group of thinkers, creators and leaders to shape the future of media.

Offers have officially been sent to all candidates, and we look forward to welcoming the class of 2018 this fall.

-          Marie Crosta, Program Manager for the RTA School of Media






Transmedia Zone: A hub of Innovation

The Transmedia Zone supports new ideas and practical prototyping on the future of content.  With a focus on emerging platforms and true innovation, the Zone incubates projects from students or industry members through mentorship, equipment, and co-working facilities. We prioritize collaborative cross-disciplinary work, with teams sharing expertise and experience as they take their projects from concept to prototype and beyond.

We’re happy to introduce you to the current Transmedia Zone Residents; nine innovative and motivated teams who have spent the last four months developing prototypes and start-ups in our space! http://rtatransmediacentre.com/announcements/meet-the-transmedia-zone-residents

After a successful round of incubation, our spring call for applications is now open! Do you have an idea and a team that need support? Apply as a “Protype” to accelerate your success! If you’re a talented individual with a strong skill set, apply as an “Intern” to get paired up with a group. Visit www.transmediazone.ca/apply to learn more. Our rolling deadline closes on April 24th (we will evaluate proposals as they come in).

- Ashley Lewis, Transmedia Zone Coordinator






Sportsnet gifts $750,000 to RTA Sport Media Program

On March 19th, Sportsnet announced a $750,000 gift to the RTA Sport Media program, which will enable the school to realize its goal of building a state-of-the art media production centre in the Mattamy Athletic Centre (formerly Maple Leaf Gardens). The Sportsnet RTA Production Centre will house industry-standard technologies, including a video switcher, a digital audio console, a 3D graphics system, a replay system and multiple video cameras to link to nearly twenty points throughout the building. The open-concept, hybrid classroom / control room / soundstage will be open to students for classes this fall.

Scott Moore, president of Sportsnet and NHL Properties for Rogers Media, and also an RTA alumnus and former instructor for the Sports Broadcasting course, was instrumental in making the deal. RTA Chair Charles Falzon emphasizes that this gift will enable the school to provide a strong interactive component to the program, as well as a focus on television and radio. Charles notes: “The kinds of students we’re looking at getting are not really just interested in one aspect, but the sports industry as a whole and how you communicate to the world at large.”

RTA looks forward to welcoming the inaugural class of the sport media program and to an official program launch, this fall.






RTA Research Lunch with David Bouchard

Research Lunch with David BouchardFor almost four years, RTA Professor David Bouchard has developed computer programs that engage data for creative purposes. On March 31st, join him as he presents this exciting body of work. All members of the Ryerson community are welcome.

 

Data, Art, Technology & Aesthetics: an RTA Research Lunch with David Bouchard
Monday, March 31st, 2014
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Rogers Communication Centre, Room 355
Lunch Provided






RTA Leadership Panel: Radio in a Digital Age

Poster for RTA Leadership Panel: Radio in a Digital AgeWant to work in radio after you graduate?
On Feb 26th, come learn about the future of radio from alumni shaping the field! Moderated by Lori Beckstead, the panel will discuss new audiences for programming, new platforms in the industry and new opportunities for the 21st century.

The panel will feature:
Raina Douris, Host & Music Director at Indie 88, RTA ’09
Dan Misener, Tech Columnist & Producer at CBC Radio, RTA ’05
Steve Dangle Glynn, Sports Podcaster, RTA ’10

RTA Leadership Panel: Radio in a Digital Age
February 26th at 7 PM
Transmedia Zone, RCC 230