Photography


The Photography program at Algonquin College is designed to train students to capture, create, and alter images which demonstrate a professional level of craft and creativity in digital imaging. Digital knowledge and skills are integrated with the fundamentals of photography to emphasize the creation of images that communicate effectively, and meet the needs of clients.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod (Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Related Programs:
Photography Techniques 
(Online Learning, Part Time On Campus)

Ontario College Diploma
2 Year(s)

Program Code: 0030X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017



Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program is designed to train students to capture, create, and alter images, and demonstrate a professional level of craft and creativity in digital imaging. Digital knowledge and skills are integrated with the fundamentals of photography to emphasize the creation of images that communicate effectively and meet the needs of clients. Although this program is quite technical, students are encouraged to showcase their creative visual talents while designing and capturing images that successfully communicate their message.

Students create an up-to-date portfolio and a website using high-end digital cameras to capture professional quality images that demonstrate their creative or technical skills and abilities. Algonquin`s photography studios are equipped with current tungsten and electronic flash lighting systems, lighting booms, soft-boxes and professional backdrops.

Students produce high-quality images using industry-standard software in the College`s networked, post-production computer labs. These labs are equipped with Macintosh Cinema Display monitors, film and flatbed scanners, ink-jet printers, viewing booths, mounting press and colour management systems.

Entrepreneurship and networking skills are taught in conjunction with professional photographic association guidelines. Students also complete a field placement gaining valuable practical and networking experience. The program of study culminates with a professional exhibition of student work to which potential employers and industry representatives are invited.

Students are trained on a Macintosh platform which is the industry standard in the field of photography. PC platforms are not acceptable because they are not compatible with the hardware, software and photographic equipment used in this program.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod . Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS


This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Are self-motivated, personable and well-organized.
  • Enjoy the technical nature of photography.
  • Have an aptitude for computer technology.
  • Are creative.
  • Have a keen sense of entrepreneurship.

Your Career

Graduates may find work as photographers in a variety of areas including: commercial and industrial; wedding and portrait; scientific and medical; photojournalism; digital post-production; photofinishing labs; and technical or retail sales. Opportunities may exist to work in the field either as an employee or as self-employed freelancer.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
  1. Select and use appropriate photographic equipment and techniques to capture quality images of a variety of subjects, in studio and on location.
  2. Use post-production techniques to edit and finish images in formats that meet industry standards and the needs of the client.
  3. Create lighting schemes using appropriate techniques, equipment and accessories to produce quality images that meet the needs of the client.
  4. Employ design elements and principles to plan and create visually sound images.
  5. Complete all work in a professional and ethical manner and in accordance with legal requirements applicable to the photography industry.
  6. Develop strategies to maintain currency with evolving photography trends, issues, technologies and industry practices to enhance work performance and guide professional development.
  7. Select and use digital asset management tools and strategies to catalogue, store, back up, retrieve and archive images and prints.
  8. Use business planning and administrative skills to support and maintain a photography business.
  9. Use a variety of marketing tools and strategies that effectively promote photographic products and services.
  10. Develop and present a professional portfolio that illustrates one`s creative approach and image conception, capture, editing and production skills.
  11. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1813M Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practice writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
PHO8706 Digital Imaging I Students learn some of the basic concepts and tools used in digital imaging. Students learn to work in a mobile environment and are introduced to basic principles of digital imaging using professional editing software and techniques. 45.0
PHO8710 Photographic Theory I Basic theoretical information used in contemporary photographic applications is provided. Students learn principles of the visible light spectrum, light metering techniques, optics and gain a basic understanding of light quality and direction. Students also analyze depth of field, hyperfocal distance, focal length, perspective control and aperture/shutter relationships. Digital sensors and the camera histogram are introduced. 60.0
PHO8711 Camera/Lighting Workshop Students learn to use a digital SLR. They select shutter speeds/aperture combinations and appropriate focal length lenses to properly expose and frame their subjects. The use of an incident exposure meters, calculation of light intensity and dynamic range is applied. Students work with a variety of light sources including daylight and continuous light. Practical assignments deal with camera operation,lighting,metering and exposure techniques. 45.0
PHO8718 Post-Production Lab I Students learn the practical aspects of printing digital images, producing proof prints and making enlargements. Study of media, ink, printers and software/hardware combinations needed to produce professional grade prints are covered. 45.0
PHO8719 History of Photography Students explore the history of photography, from photography's conception to its present day incarnation. They examine three avenues of photography; its artistic, social and technical histories. Students study the work of major photographers and artists who have shaped the course of photography. They also examine the impact that photography as a medium has had on society. The history of the technology behind the evolving craft of photography is also covered. 30.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0030 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5006 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ENL0077 Professional Communication for Photography Although photography is essentially a visual medium, strong writing and speaking skills are required to explain, defend and promote the photographer's work. Whether one is writing an artist's statement, a business letter, critiquing an image, or participating in a meeting or a job interview, strong writing and speaking skills are required. Through a variety of written and oral activities and assignments, students refine the professional communication abilities needed to complement and promote their photography skills.

Prerequisites: ENL1813M
45.0
PHO8707 Camera/Lighting Portrait Workshop Students learn to select and use appropriate camera formats and lighting methods. The focus includes a variation of styles in portraiture and lighting for shape, texture and form. Emphasis is placed on the selection of appropriate techniques, posing and the professional presentation of a portfolio.

Prerequisites: PHO8711
60.0
PHO8708 Camera/Lighting Commercial Workshop Students learn to select and use the proper camera and lighting techniques to complete studio and location assignments. Through hands-on workshops, the students explore the light, camera and composition techniques used in commercial photography.

Prerequisites: PHO8711
45.0
PHO8724 Photographic Theory II Students further their theoretical principles of light behaviour and control. Students are taught lighting qualities and fundamentals of continuous light and electronic flash systems as they apply to commercial and portrait applications.

Prerequisites: PHO8710
75.0
PHO8726 Digital Imaging II Principles of digital imaging are expanded with a focus on developing a professional portfolio.

Prerequisites: PHO8706
45.0
PHO8736 Visual Perception and Design Students are introduced to the basic elements of visual perception and their practical applications. The history of art, visual strategies and the current state of affairs are also discussed. 45.0
PHO8760 Post-Production Lab II Students learn the practical aspects of printing digital images at a professional level. Portfolio production with a more advanced study of media, inks, printers and software/hardware combinations is covered.

Prerequisites: PHO8718
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
PHO8700 Entrepreneurship Students learn estimating and quoting photographic work in a real world context. Business expense and cost of sales are studied in a variety of photographic ventures to develop a profitable and sustainable profession. Professional copyright legislation and pertinent legal actions are evaluated. Networking and field placement allow students to apply learned skills in a realistic work environment. 45.0
PHO8729 Multimedia Applications I Multimedia and current web and video applications are introduced. Students learn how to apply their own photographic skills to create dynamic presentations, websites and video.

Prerequisites: PHO8706 and PHO8726
45.0
PHO8731 Camera/Lighting Practices Students critique and analyze photographic images to better assist them in the development of a professional portfolio. Students continue to enhance studio lighting skills and to organize and maintain a professional photographic studio.

Prerequisites: PHO8707 and PHO8708 and PHO8711
60.0
PHO8749 Digital Imaging III Students gain a more advanced understanding of computer use in image processing using various professional software. Theory on input of electronic images is supported by demonstrations and assignments.

Prerequisites: PHO8706 and PHO8726
45.0
PHO8765 Post-Production Lab III Students are able to print images on inkjet printers according to professional standards. They are able to calibrate computer monitors and create colour profiles for printers using industry standard hardware and software. A variety of media types are explored.

Prerequisites: PHO8718 and PHO8760
45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0030 General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Civic Life, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or ENV0002 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5002 or GED5004 or GED5006 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1001 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2007 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HIS2000 or HOS2228 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or PSI1702 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 04 Hours
PHO8741 Portfolio Development Students select appropriate camera, and lighting systems and the development of ideas for a variety of assignments to create a final portfolio of images.

Prerequisites: PHO8707 and PHO8708 and PHO8711 and PHO8731
52.0
PHO8753 Multimedia Applications II Building upon acquired multimedia theory and practicum, students learn advanced techniques in the creation of multimedia projects with a specific focus on creating an interactive website. Students learn to incorporate images, graphics, audio, video and animations into their final website all optimized to run on the web.

Prerequisites: PHO8706 and PHO8726 and PHO8729 and PHO8749
39.0
PHO8758 Post-Production Lab IV Students produce a professional level portfolio under the supervision of faculty. Advanced, practical colour management techniques are covered. A variety of print and display materials are used.

Prerequisites: PHO8718 and PHO8760 and PHO8765
26.0
PHO8759 Digital Imaging IV Students further develop and enhance their skills in digital imaging with specific focus on image manipulation, digital compositing, graphic design and layout.

Prerequisites: PHO8706 and PHO8726 and PHO8749
39.0
PHO8766 Field Placement Students secure and complete a field placement with an approved workplace. This volunteer placement opportunity allows students to apply their learned skills in a realistic work environment. While on field placement, students are supervised and evaluated by employers in conjunction with a faculty advisor. 80.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $9,023.20. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $18,549.24. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit
http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts

Books and supplies cost approximately $1,300 in the first year and $900 in the second year. In the first year, students need to purchase a Macintosh laptop computer and software.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Mathematics, Grade 11 (MBF3C or equivalent)
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading: 20; Listening: 20; Speaking: 20; Writing: 20.

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English and mathematics.

Application Information

PHOTOGRAPHY Program Code 0030X01FWO
Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at www.ontariocolleges.ca
Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the
International Student Application Form at
https://algonquincollege.force.com/myACint/ or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

Students are trained on a Macintosh platform which is the industry standard in the field of photography. PC platforms are not acceptable as they are not compatible with the hardware, software and photographic equipment used in this program.

For information, contact Program Coordinators, Jason Machinski at 613-727-4723 ext. 5813 or machinj@algonquincollege.com, or Denine Wrixon at 613-727-4723 ext. 6119 or wrixond@algonquincollege.com.

Please visit the program website at www.algonquinphotography.com, for more information.
Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time