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This 2-year studio-based diploma program can be achieved in 4 semesters of study that reinforces studio skills, creative exploration and professional standards.

The Photography Program is designed to emphasize the exciting range of digital photographic technologies. Camera techniques, lighting and image manipulation with relevant software develop your essential technical skills, giving the foundation for creative and truly individual work.

With a focus on entrepreneurship, you will be prepared for a professional future in your studio specialty. Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you will engage in creative problem solving and learn about communications for visual artists, art history, drawing, and 2D/3D design. Assignments create a portfolio that celebrates the power of your imagination. 

To be admitted to this program you are required to have:

• A portfolio and a postsecondary certificate or diploma in a related field or equivalent experience. 

Photography Portfolio Requirements

  1. We value all of your life experience in assessing your application. To do this, please provide us with a copy of your resume.


  1. Please write a one-page letter of intent which includes your:

·       Reasons for wanting to study with us,

·       Interests in the arts (contemporary or historical), and

·       Plans and goals for the future.


  1. To ensure that you are well prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination. To assess this, please provide:


·       Five images of things that you have created such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting, photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc. Please note that the images you send do not necessarily need to be associated with this studio, and

·       Fifteen digital photos.


If you have drawing experience please include an image of:

·       One life drawing showing the human figure, and

·       One still-life drawing.

Don’t worry if you have not had previous drawing experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic drawing instruction.

Please don’t submit actual examples. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be high resolution images shot at 6 mega pixels or greater. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link, keep them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information, and return address.

  1. For a full experience at our College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture. Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period (include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about visual culture.


Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed, or delivered in person to Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar.

Mature students with previous experience and/or post-secondary education should contact the coordinating instructor prior to submitting an application.

Click here for more information on how to apply.

You will be working with celebrated instructors in fully-equipped studios, Apple computer labs and classrooms. Coming here, you will learn first-hand why Fredericton is a Cultural Capital of Canada. The galleries, boutiques, universities and many cafés make the College’s downtown location an inspiring and supportive learning environment and an ideal place to obtain an education in the visual arts.

Click here for more information on this program or to enjoy an on-site tour of our facility. 

Areas of Study
• Photographic History: Including Film and Darkroom Techniques
• Location and Studio Lighting
• Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera for Stills and Video
• Digital Post Production: Workflow, Image Enhancement and Manipulation
• Creative Processes for Photography
• Professional/Artistic Portfolio for Photographers

Career Possibilities

Fully-equipped studios and a curriculum combining skill development with an entrepreneurial focus prepares you for careers as photographers including; establishing your own studio, working in a commercial setting, being a studio technician or working freelance.    

Targeted Job (including NOC codes)

• Painters, Sculptors and Other Visual Artists (5136)
• Photographers (5221)
National Occupational Classification (NOC)

Articulation Agreements
Graduates receive two full years credit towards a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) at the University of New Brunswick. Click here for more information. 

Diploma – Photography Course Descriptions

Fall 1

Photographic Digital Imaging

In this course, students learn the techniques to control a digital camera and explore the fundamental skills of Lightroom to produce photographic digital images. By investigating the theory and practice of making images in a creative context, they apply basic design concepts and are encouraged to explore the vast capabilities of this medium. In so doing, students are exposed to the possibilities of using digital tools to initiate a personal vision.

Lighting: Available Light and On-Camera Flash Techniques

In this course, students explore the theory and practice of using artificial and natural light to develop creative photographic images. Through experimentation with natural lighting and single and multiple camera flash units, they develop technical skills with an emphasis on creating a personal vision. In addition, students learn the principles of lighting in location shooting with an emphasis on technique and creativity.

Photoshop: Tools and Techniques

In this course, students use the basic tools and features of digital imaging software to create digital photographs. They capture, manipulate and enhance raw photographic files by adding layers, masks and filters and save them in a variety of formats to make a digital workflow. Students ascertain what digital tools are required to achieve various effects and establish where and when to use them. In addition, they apply basic typography to images and prepare images for print, web and other applications.

Film and Darkroom Techniques

In this course, students learn traditional film-based technologies to create highly detailed large-scale prints. They explore advanced aspects of the darkroom process, the basic operations and functions of a variety of cameras and enlargers, specifically, how to effectively use lenses. The history and culture behind camera technology is examined as they discuss the similarities and differences between film and digital cameras. In addition, students push the boundaries of film-based technologies via techniques such as toning and hand colouring of prints.

Creativity in Photography

In this course, students focus on ways to use personal experience, essential to the artistic process, to develop more meaningful imagery. Infusing technically sound images with creativity gives them an edge in an extremely competitive marketplace. Increasing the range and depth of their shooting, students explore a variety of techniques to expand the dimensions of their creative spirit. Throughout the course, students evaluate professional photographs as markers for creative excellence.

Photo History

In this course, students research key contributors and developments in the history of photography and produce short critical papers demonstrating their understanding of the medium. They see that photography is a reflection of society, a vehicle for social change, and has an impact on other historical and societal developments. In addition, students produce a small body of work that reflects their understanding of the potential of contemporary photography as a medium for commentary on global issues.

Communication for Visual Artists

In this course, students tap into the world of social media, in the form of blogging, to initiate their critical opinions and professional communications. They create an online archive of professional documents including digital images of their work, biological information and artist statements. Students write responses to topics pertinent their practice communicating their ideas about visual art. In addition, they learn the steps to apply for a relevant scholarship.

Winter 1

Managing Post Production

In this course, students learn a variety of skills in managing and presenting their digital photographic work. Students develop a workflow that will enable them to work efficiently and effectively in a photography studio and professionally present work to clients. Students develop research skills that will enable them to keep current with trends and technology related to their medium. They engage in practical, hands-on learning enhanced by lectures and instructor assistance in goal based exercises.

Lighting: Professional Studio

In this course, students learn to control and apply artificial light, a central skill to produce industrial, commercial, and fine art photography. In standard studio lighting situations, they see how basic lighting theories – lighting ratios, colour temperature, and quality of light – technically and aesthetically affect photographs. Students operate a variety of tools such as light meters, hot lights, studio flash units, leading them to refine the control of light in professional applications.

Photoshop: Professional Techniques

In this course, students utilize the creative potential of digital imaging software to produce structured real world projects. Through presentations and practical hands-on assignments, they investigate using selections, clipping masks, paths, and colour management and corrections in their photographs. With an emphasis on quality, flexibility and speed, students apply and design their own custom workflow that with a view to producing consistently high quality imagery that will help them to define their personal aesthetic.

Re-Presenting Ideas

In this course, students learn to “make statements” by creating photographs that convey complex communications including ideas and feelings. Through a variety of short term projects, and one large scale artistic project, they realize that images not only represent subjects but have the potential to convey more. In addition, students investigate both the artistic and commercial contexts in which photographs are taken.

Professional Practice

In this course, students clarify their career goals in photography by engaging in a series of sessions with working professionals of different specialties. During these sessions – in person and electronic means – students engage with the specialists who critique their assignments. Through these encounters, students benefit by experiencing different types of work, gaining an understanding of the professional standards for each discipline and learning the business side of each specialty.

Photographic History: People

In this course, students explore the history of portrait photography by being exposed to a variety of photographers and attempting to emulate their styles and photographic conventions in assignments. They encompass the diverse methods of photographing people, ranging from candid street photography to formal portraits taken in the lighting studio. Keeping careful records of light and technique used in each environment, students produce a toolkit of information for future reference and also do written critiques of the work by other photographers.


Students select one of: 

3D Design: Shaping Space

In this course, students combine a wide range of materials to produce projects that explore both spatial relationships and the broader world of “design.” By engaging in lectures and discussions that examine the theories of historic and contemporary 3D design, they develop a design aesthetic which is accompanied by research and documentation. Combining various aspects of “the making of objects,” students are encouraged to use mixed media, and materials from their own disciplines, emphasizing peer presentations and critical visual analysis.


3D Digital Design: Shaping Space

In this course, students produce projects that explore both spatial relationships and the broader world of “design” through using computer aided design (CAD) and 3D printing applications. By engaging in lectures and discussions that examine the theories of computer based 3D design, they will learn the tools and concepts, as well as develop a design aesthetic. Students will create a variety of objects, designed for use in their own disciplines, emphasizing peer presentations and critical visual analysis.

Fall 2

Advanced Digital Projects

In this course, students concentrate their energies on two projects that highlight their personal digital skills and interests. By researching existing digital work, they develop and implement a work plan that leads to the creation of a body of professional quality work which includes experimentation. High levels of technical and aesthetic abilities with digital technologies are now essential in the competitive world of photography.

Lighting: Advanced Studio and Location

In this course, students acquire the ability to design artificial light situations by understanding how the control of light is central to photography. They implement their knowledge of the theories and principles of light creating unique lighting situations which affect photographs both technically and aesthetically. Using various lighting tools, students are able to create photographs that are dynamic, creative and of a professional quality using sophisticated light control in professional applications for industrial, commercial, and fine art photography.

Photoshop: Specialized Techniques

In this course, students apply specialized digital photographic techniques to produce high quality creative work for commercial and artistic markets that is polished to professional industry standards. They proficiently use the features of digital imaging software such as complex layered effects, quality colour corrections, advanced retouching techniques and apply the sophisticated concepts of typography. Emphasis will be placed on efficiently and creatively mastering digital workflow in design and production. In addition, students plan and execute large-scale photographic projects.

Digital Output: Print/Web/Book

In this course, students learn to manage their digital photographic output and workflow by producing portfolios for print, websites and digital books with emphasis on colour management. They engage in modified seminars where students discuss, research and explore topics including: digital output, printing, web, commercial printing, colour calibration, resolution, file formats, sharpening, metadata, colour profiles, and proofing. In addition, students apply the language and theories of colour management in real world situations.

Approaches to Drawing: Style, Materials and Techniques

In this course, students produce drawings, as a means to communicate relevant concepts, through the application and exploration of various styles, materials and techniques. Basic visual principles are re-examined as abstract concepts capable of conveying information. Assignments focus on composition, expression and the development of personal imagery and reference material for the purpose of communicating ideas.

Preparing for the Professional Life

In this course, students learn a range of skills to enable them to present themselves effectively in the professional world of their discipline. They create a toolkit by becoming familiar with the language of business and how businesses work whether their goal is to be an employee or an entrepreneur. Students enhance their presentation skills and build confidence in public speaking. In addition, they investigate a business by analyzing their products, location, marketing strategies, etc, creating a process in which they clarify their career path.

Winter 2

Portfolio Development

In this course, students produce portfolios, in two different formats, of their best work to show to potential clients and commercial and/or artistic professionals to get jobs, grants, freelance work, and exhibitions. Through class discussions and individual research, they draw their ideas from looking at print portfolios, published on-demand books, websites, slide shows, and DVD’s. The emphasis of this course is to assist student in launching their careers after graduation.

Photography Seminar: Research and Techniques 

In this course, students design individual research projects that integrate concepts relating to Photoshop, photographic shooting techniques, lighting, alternative and darkroom processes. In consultation with the instructor, they incorporate leaning from mentors, self-directed research and guided learning to develop projects that are of interest to their personal artistic and commercial career goals. In addition, students engage in presentations, critiques and displays of photographic work.

Photoshop: Advanced Techniques

In this course, students explore the latest advanced features of digital imaging software while focusing on the creative possibilities of this technology. They refine their individual digital imaging workflows to develop a system which is specific to their style of imagery or that of their clients to a sophisticated level. Through engaging in real world projects, students experiment with new techniques that combine digital tools in creative ways with emphasis on quality, flexibility and speed.

Still to Motion

In this course, students learn the basics of sound recording and editing by assembling slide shows involving images and sound. Still photographers are increasingly showing their images in time-based contexts such as slide shows, audio and video. As well, students will plan, shoot and edit digital video using the video capabilities of the DSLR’s with added audio gear.

Photographic Project Management

In this course, students plan, manage and execute a large scale commercial or artistic photographic project. For commercial projects, students clearly define client needs, specify deliverables and prepare realistic quotes and deadlines. For artist projects, students research and experiment, plan resources, get key feedback, and summarize the project cogently with an artist statement. Emphasis is on defining project scope and goals, dealing with the unexpected and balancing the project with other priorities.

Photographic Entrepreneurship: Gallery and Marketplace

In this course, students find their particular place within the vast marketplace for contemporary photography. Learning about the concepts of overhead, price ranges in different fields and billing, the course is divided between commercial entrepreneurship and gallery exhibitions. Students conduct interviews of commercial/public galleries and professional working artists. In addition, they focus on the public presentation of their work on social media as well as in a gallery setting.

In Winter 2, students choose one of the following electives:

Creative Design Exploration

In this course, students focus on their creative skills and innovation abilities to produce original designs that are realized into 2D/3D product prototypes. Using multiple models of problem solving strategies, students explore form, function and a variety of materials, to apply new skill sets to their methodologies. Students overcome visual and conceptual challenges by working in interdisciplinary teams interacting live, via Skype, with the design team at Umbra to produce a submission to the Umbra Design Collaborations Program.

3D Digital Design and Production

In this course, students use sophisticated 3D modelling and texturing techniques building on skills learned in 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space. These skills will be used to prepare and render complex 3D components that could either become intricate printed objects be utilized as elements or models in other courses.

Imagery, Sources and Development

In this course, students develop imagery by exploring and refining drawing and painting methods using various mixed media and surface treatments. In so doing, they discover the associative potential between materials and imagery that contributes the constructing of meaning. Students experience traditional and non-traditional approaches to drawing through assignments, visual presentations and gallery visits. A final project encourages students to pursue personally relevant imagery and an individual stylistic approach.

Designing Bodies

In this course, students create artwork using influences from the traditional and contemporary practices of body adornment/modification. With an aesthetic and anthropological perspective, they research specific Aboriginal practices in body art, such as tattooing, piercing, mehndi (henna), branding and scarification. Students gain a new perspective on this ancient activity, incorporating the ideologies into individual projects as well as communicating their ideas in a clear professional manner.

Painting in Acrylics

In this course, students learn the fundamental principles of painting through creating images in the medium of acrylic paint. Assignments explore both the historical and contemporary approaches of the painting process. Students have the opportunity to develop an independent body of work which is informed by experimentation and critique, and in addition, is related to a personal area of interest.