Arts and Contemporary Studies (Honours)
- Ryerson University
- Bachelor of Arts, BA
- OUAC Program Code
- Grade Range
- Experiential Learning
- Embedded community engagement/volunteerism/partnership
- Instruction Language
- English (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)
Applicants must provide proof of English language proficiency if they have completed less than 4 years of full-time study at the high school level, with English as the primary language of instruction. Acceptable tests and scores are listed below.
For further details, including other qualifications that will be considered to meet our English language requirements, or to determine if you are required to provide an English proficiency test score, view our English language requirements.
English Language Pathway Programs at the Real Institute are open to academically qualified students who have achieved English proficiency test scores that do not meet Ryerson University's English language requirements. Visit the Real Institute for more information about pathway programs, requirements and how to apply.
Offers of Admission for Ontario High School Students
Basic Requirements for Admission
Ryerson University offers 2 types of programs:
- Grades-Only programs select students on the basis of academic performance.
- Grades-Plus programs select students on the basis of academic performance plus non-academic requirements, such as auditions, interviews, portfolios, essays, etc. If distance does not permit travel to Ryerson, selection methods may include online interviews, video auditions, questions and answers, and/or essays. Non-academic requirements are generally due by the Guaranteed Consideration Date (February 1). However, it is important that you do not submit non-academic requirements until after you have actually submitted your application for admission and have received your Ryerson Student Number. Your Ryerson Student Number must be included on all non-academic requirements you submit.
Minimum admission requirements (subject to change):
- Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
- 6 Grade 12 U/M courses with a minimum overall average of 70%.
- All programs also stipulate specific prerequisite subject requirements. Grades required for admission are determined on the basis of competition each year.
A minimum overall average of 70% in six Grade 12 U/M courses establishes your eligibility to apply for admission.
Ryerson receives more applications than spaces available. Possession of the minimum requirements, averages and/or grades does not guarantee admission.
The overall average and subject-specific grades required for each program depend on competition each year, and admission is offered to the best qualified candidates.
Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2022 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition.
Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements.
Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.
For current Ontario secondary school applicants, Ryerson may use Grade 11 results in the early admission selection process. You must be enrolled, currently completing or have completed your program’s admission requirements at the time you apply.
All fall 2022 applicants, including those given an early or conditional Offer of Admission, are required to successfully complete all admission requirements by June 30, 2022 (unless otherwise stated). In many cases, this will exclude the possibility of using summer school, night school, virtual school, correspondence and/or distance education courses completed after this date to meet admission requirements. However, some Ryerson programs may consider extensions beyond June 30, 2022.
Failed and Repeated Courses
We will calculate your overall average using the final marks from your best 6 Grade 12 U/M courses, which may include repeated/upgraded course marks.
Timing and Process for Admission Decisions
We anticipate that the majority of decisions will be made between February and the end of May 2022 based on application processing timeframes and timelines for evaluating non-academic requirements.
February 1, 2022 is the Guaranteed Consideration Date for all programs.
Subject to space availability in programs, applications, amendments and supporting documents may continue to be reviewed after the Guaranteed Consideration Date for fall admission. Some part-time undergraduate programs also accept applications for the winter and spring terms. Visit our Application Dates page for details.
The presentation of admission averages on OUInfo are estimates only and are subject to change. Find further information in Ryerson's Undergraduate Calendar(s).