studio-based diploma program can be achieved in 4 semesters of study that
reinforces studio skills, creative exploration and professional standards.
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.
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
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
We value all of your life experience in assessing your application.
To do this, please provide us with a copy of your resume.
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.
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
· 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
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,
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
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)
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
Photographic Digital Imaging
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
Managing Post Production
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
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
Photoshop: Professional Techniques
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.
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.
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.
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
Students select one of:
3D Design: Shaping Space
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
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.
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.
Advanced Studio and Location
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Photography Seminar: Research and Techniques
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
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
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
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
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.
Winter 2, students choose one of the following electives:
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
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.
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
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.