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Whether your dream is to capture that definitive portrait, to have your photos grace the pages of a leading fashion magazine or to take photos for the world’s leading brands, Centennial College's two-year Photography program will help you achieve your goals.
In this hands-on photography diploma program, you'll be capturing images from day one and learning the technology, techniques and business theory for a lasting career as a professional photographer.
This photography program will prepare 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'll progressively build the skills 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.
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 that will allow you to collaborate with students and faculty in other programs, you'll have many opportunities to get your work published. You'll also be able to put your skills to work in a professional setting during a seven-week field placement.
When you complete the Photography program, you'll have the skills to operate your own photography business or find employment in related occupations such as fine art printing, advertising, publishing, graphic design, and gallery and studio management.
Career Options and Education Pathways
Career Options and Education PathwaysPrinter Friendly
- You'll attend classes at the Story Arts Centre, which houses Centennial’s School of Communications Media, Arts and Design, is located close to downtown Toronto and provides unlimited photographic opportunities.
- Opportunities will exist to showcase your work in our Corridor Gallery and galleries around the city.
- You'll participate in STORYWORKS, a unique and valuable course during which you'll work for real clients during your studies..
- Commercial/corporate photographer
- Portrait photographer
- Event photographer
- Studio manager
- Visual artist
Successful graduates of the Photography Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits toward further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.
Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.
|Partner Institution||Degree Program|
|Algoma University||Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors|
|Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton Campus)|
|Bachelor of Science - multiple majors|
|Davenport University||Bachelor of Business Administration - General Business|
|Griffith University||Bachelor of Photography|
|Lakehead University||Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors|
|Ontario Tech University||Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and Digital Technology|
|Seneca College||Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies|
|Sheridan College||Honours Bachelor of Photography|
|Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus||Honours Bachelor of Arts|
|Windsor, University of||Bachelor of Arts / Liberal Arts / Professional Studies|
|York University||Honours Bachelor degree - any major|
|Honours Communication Studies|
Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.
For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
- Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
- English language proficiency
- Attend a mandatory Photography program admission session, where you will submit a portfolio of work.
- Portfolios should include 12-20 high-quality images. A digital portfolio is required with images saved in JPG format with a min. size of 1.5 meg and a max. size of 5 meg with all images placed in 1 folder and the applicants name and student number is in the title of that 1 folder. The folder will then be zipped (compressed) for easier digital transfer. Upload using a file transfer site such as: Wetransfer or Google Drive or another similar style file transfer site. If a folder is not labeld with a name, tracking of the applicant may not be possible resulting in a deleted portfolio.
- Note: We do not accept PDF's, Website links or Social media links. (as we comply to all worldwide copyright laws and must be assured of ownership/creator of the images being submitted)
- 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. Be sure to label the portfolio with your name and contact information.
- 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 Program Admission Session(PAS) and submit your portfolio and have a remote virtual review. Please contact program supervisor Joseph Marranca at email@example.com.
How to Apply
How to ApplyPrinter Friendly
1. Apply Online
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.
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.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.
|Student||Tuition (2 Semesters)||Ancillary Fees||Total|