Photography

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Program Code: 6406

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: jmarranca@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 3187

Whether your dream is to capture that definitive portrait, have your photos grace the pages of a leading fashion magazine or take photos for the world’s leading brands, our two-year Photography program will help you achieve your goals. 

In this hands-on photography diploma program, you will be capturing images from day one and learning the technology, techniques and business theory you need for a lasting career as a professional photographer. 

This photography program prepares you for the aesthetic and technical demands that come with working in studio or on location to produce captivating images that tell a story. Over two years, you will progressively build the skills needed to compete in the commercial photography industry and learn what it takes to grow your brand and create stunning images for a variety of clients. Upon completion of the Photography program, students will have the skills to operate their own photography business or find employment in related occupations such as fine art printing, advertising, publishing, graphic design and gallery and studio management.

Additionally, through your participation in the Story Arts Image Xchange, a real-world stock agency and incubator for emerging photographers and creative content creators, and the many scenarios where you can collaborate with students and faculty in our other programs, you will have had many opportunities to get your work published. You will also have the opportunity to put your skills to work in a professional setting during a seven-week field placement.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-160/161 College Communication 1 Story Arts Centre
IMG-100 Introduction to Lighting Story Arts Centre
IMG-101 The Camera Story Arts Centre
IMG-102 Digital Photography Workflow 1 Story Arts Centre
IMG-103 Introduction to Visual Literacy Story Arts Centre
IMG-104 History of Photography Story Arts Centre
IMG-120 Creativity in Context Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
COMM-170/171 College Communication 2 Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
IMG-200 Building a Sustainable Business Story Arts Centre
IMG-202 Studio Lighting 1 Story Arts Centre
IMG-206 Digital Photography Workflow 2 Story Arts Centre
IMG-207 Event Photography Story Arts Centre
IMG-208 Portrait Story Arts Centre
IMG-500 STORYWORKS Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
IMG-301 Image Xchange 1 Story Arts Centre
IMG-303 Fashion and Advertising Photography Story Arts Centre
IMG-304 Architecture and Fine Art Story Arts Centre
IMG-306 Editorial and Photojournalism Story Arts Centre
IMG-307 Studio Lighting 2 Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
IMG-401 Portfolio Story Arts Centre
IMG-402 Senior Project Story Arts Centre
IMG-404 Image Xchange 2 Story Arts Centre
IMG-405 Video Story Arts Centre
IMG-406 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • Attend classes at the Story Arts Centre, Centennial’s School of Communications Media, Arts and Design located close to downtown Toronto, which provides unlimited photographic opportunities.
  • Opportunities to showcase your work in our Corridor Gallery and other galleries around the city.
  • As School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design student, you will have many opportunities to collaborate with students in other programs .
  • Participate in STORYWORKS, a unique and valuable course where you will work for real clients during your studies.

Career Outlook

  • Commercial/corporate photographer
  • Portrait photographer
  • Event photographer
  • Studio manager
  • Visual artist

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory Photography program admission session, where you will submit a portfolio of work.

  • Portfolios should include 12-20 high quality images. Printed photos are preferred.
  • Portfolios will be assessed for Visual Aptitude, Composition, Camera Control and Lighting. Please minimize any use of Photoshop.  
  • Portfolios will be reviewed during the Program Applicant Session.  If you cannot remain for this review, you may leave the portfolio behind to pick up at a later date.  Be sure to label the portfolio with your name and contact information. 

Notes:

  • After applying, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the mandatory Photography program admission session.
  • If you are unable to attend a program admission session in person, it may be possible to complete your PAS session and submit your portfolio remotely.  Please contact program supervisor Joseph Marranca at jmarranca@centennialcollege.ca.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,935.50 $973.00 $3,908.50
International $$13,283.00 $2,256.00 $15,539.00