Innis One: The Creative City

Innis One: The Creative City is a first-year foundations program for students who wish to develop their creative and critical capacities by exploring the dynamism of our urban environment. Drawing from the College’s three academic programs — Cinema Studies, Urban Studies, and Writing and RhetoricInnis One coaxes students to venture beyond the academy walls and engage in an imaginative, inquiry-based, and civic-minded learning experience.


In a small-class setting, students will be encouraged to bring their own experience, passions, and history into relationship with the civic issues and landscapes of Toronto, thus gaining a greater appreciation of the interplay between personally driven writing, film, and urban life. Seminars featuring guest lecturers, films, and special field trips offer a unique experiential learning opportunity that will also help students to develop writing, research, and analytical skills.


Innis One Courses

INI100H1 The City Where Movies Are Made INI101H1 Blogging the Just City
INI102H1 Telling the Stories of the City: Writing Creative Non-Fiction INI106H1 Writing Literary Journalism: Telling the Stories of the City


How It Works

  • Students will enroll in one or two of the four half-credit courses offered.
  • Class enrolment is limited to 25 students.
  • Innis One welcomes students from any college.
  • Courses are enrolled on a first-come, first-serve basis during regular course registration.


Starting in 2019-20, all courses will run Thursdays, 3:00-6:00 pm.


Contact Innis One

Jannie Chien
Program Coordinator (Innis One, FYF@Innis, Urban Studies, Writing and Rhetoric)
Innis College, Room 233, East Wing, University of Toronto

2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto ON  M5S 1J5 416-946-7107


Learn more about INI102H1 and 106H1


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