Photography
Learn the business of photography. Master your Photoshop skills. Award-winning faculty. Highly-regarded program.

General information

Program code
PHOT
Duration
4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Academic area
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time + Part-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

In this program, students are provided with both the technical and visual communication skills required for a variety of careers related to photography and imaging. The three main areas of focus are digital capture, imaging technologies, and entrepreneurial skills. Students use industry standard hardware and software to capture and manipulate images in a way that demonstrates their skill and creativity. Students learn how to integrate digital imaging techniques with the fundamentals of photography in order to create images that communicate effectively and meet the needs of a client. Furthermore, students develop business and career development skills that are relevant to the digital photography and imaging industries.

Please note: Most of this program is delivered in the downtown Barrie location (5 Ross St.) with Student Services offered at the main Barrie Campus. The Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre is located just minutes away from the waterfront. You'll learn in our fully-equipped studios using industry standard tools, and you'll have the opportunity to network with leaders in your field and real-world clients.

Additional program specific fee information for Photography.

Part-time delivery option

We also offer a part-time delivery format for this program:

  • complete the program part-time according to your schedule
  • register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go
  • finish the program in four years part-time

Visit the Photography part-time program page for details and contact information.

National Student Image Competition 2020

Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC) is a national photographic organization that invites our students to compete along with the professionals in their National Student Image Competition. Historically, Georgian students have done very well in this annual event. Our Photography program has many years of success placing our student work with the nation’s best.

In February 2020, a group of our students were selected to compete in the image competition. Check out the phenomenal works of our student photographers!

Faculty

Terry Hrynyk
Terry Hrynyk
Sara Parry
Sara Parry
Jason Hunter
Jason Hunter
Paul Eekhoff Headshot
Paul Eekhoff
Anton Pickard
Anton Pickard
Cyndal Lorch Headshot
Cyndal Lorch

Career opportunities

Graduates are employable as photographers, assistants and retouchers in studios, labs, and media production companies.They will have technical and entrepreneurial skills needed for careers in wedding and portrait photography, public relations, commercial photography, and digital imaging. Industry areas requiring skills in digital photography and imaging include advertising, graphic design, fine art, government, hospitals, police, libraries, museums, and galleries. Business and technical skills may also provide graduates a variety of opportunities in the photo wholesale and retail sales sector.

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Pathways

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Courses

Program-specific Courses

  • PHOT 1000 - Camera Techniques
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1001 - Visual Concepts
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1003 - Trends and Technologies
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1008 - Imaging 1 - Fundamentals
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1010 - Introduction to Studio
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1009 - Imaging 2 - Retouching Techniques
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1011 - History of Photography
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1014 - Lifestyle Photography
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1015 - Editorial Photography
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1016 - Image Production
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1017 - Introduction to Video
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 1013 - Creative Techniques
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2001 - Lighting Techniques
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2002 - Portfolio Development 1
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2009 - Imaging 3 - Compositing
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2011 - Business Practices
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2013 - Video Production
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2004 - Aesthetics and Criticism
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2005 - Portfolio Development 2
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2010 - Imaging 4 - Advanced Image Creation
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2012 - Entrepreneurial Studies
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2014 - Advanced Editorial Photography
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • PHOT 2015 - Advanced Lifestyle Photography
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)