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Shoot for the stars as a skilled photographer

Photography Essentials Micro-credential program

Dive into the world of digital cameras. Learn industry-standard software used to capture and manipulate images. Develop your interest, technical skills and creativity.

Program code PHTE
Credential Micro-credential
Program Delivery Part-time
Program delivery method(s) Hybrid What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

This program is designed for serious amateur photographers and those seeking employment where basic photography skills are an asset. Students are introduced to digital cameras and industry standard software used to capture and manipulate images, in a way that develops students’ interest, technical skills and creativity.
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Is this micro-certificate right for you?

Have you dreamed of stepping up your amateur photography game, or finding a job where your photography skills are an asset?

If you can relate, this Photography Essentials Micro-certificate is a good fit for you!

This non-credit micro-certificate program will help you grow your knowledge and skills in photography and image creation. Enjoy hands-on learning focused on the technical skills, business knowledge and creative portfolio images you need to succeed as a professional photographer.

Each module earns you a digital badge that you can display on your social media profiles, telling prospective employers what you have learned.

The recommended equipment for this program includes an interchangeable lens camera—either a digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or a mirrorless camera—and an accessory flash (speedlight) with an off-camera flash trigger.

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What courses are included in the Photography Essentials program?

Modules are offered year-round, giving you the opportunity to learn when it is most convenient for you.

We strongly recommend that you begin with Digital Camera Techniques, which is offered in the fall and winter semesters, though you may choose to start with any module, and you may stop at any time.

To receive the Photography Essentials Micro-certificate, you must successfully complete two mandatory modules and four electives. Digital badges will be awarded upon completion of each module.

Currently available courses are linked below.

Additional course information

Module sequence

Fall semester (September to December)Winter semester (January to April)Summer semester (May to August)
Digital Camera Techniques*Digital Camera Techniques*Adobe Lightroom**
Photoshop for Photographers**Optional courseOptional course
Optional courseOptional courseOptional course
*Mandatory module.
**Either Photoshop for Photographers or Adobe Lightroom may be used as your second mandatory module. If you successfully complete both, one may be used as an optional module.

How do I apply to the Photography Essentials program?

Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go

Part-time students do not go through an application process for this program. To register for courses, you’ll need a Georgian College Lifelong Learning account.

  1. Search for the course(s) you want to register in
  2. Add the course(s) to your cart and follow the prompts to checkout, payment and confirmation of enrolment

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Equipment and software

What photography equipment and software do I require to complete the program?Georgian College Chevron

For the hands-on modules such as Digital Camera Techniques, you will need a digital, single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera. Additional lenses are optional and can improve your photography.

For the modules requiring software (e.g. Photoshop for Photographers, Adobe Lightroom), you must have your own software licence(s).

Finance and fees

Are part-time students eligible for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)?Georgian College Chevron

As a part-time student, you may be eligible for OSAP funding, depending on the number of courses you take per semester.

For more information about OSAP, including eligibility requirements and how to apply, visit the OSAP/financial aid webpage.

What is the cost of the program?Georgian College Chevron

As a part-time student, you can take one to three courses per semester, paying on a course-by-course basis.

For course fee information, select a course from the course information section of this page.

Do you have questions about Photography Essentials? Contact us!

Questions about the program?

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