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The Art of Photography

Are you an international student looking to learn new skills over the summer? Do you have an interest in photography? Explore The Art of Photography summer program and find out how to participate.

Summer program update re: COVID-19

Georgian College summer 2020 programs are cancelled due to the COVID-19 situation. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Georgian College expertise

With 50 years of experience as a provider of quality education and training, Georgian has immediate and broad access to an enviable range of training, consulting, and educational resources and expertise. Many of its faculty are dual professionals who have master’s degrees in various specialized disciplines and current industry expertise. Faculty members have taken advantage of the ongoing professional development available to them in the areas of curriculum development, adult learning, and specific subject matter training. Georgian has designed and developed comprehensive academic programs for numerous sector groups, individual corporate clients, and in specialized skill areas.

Georgian College applies all aspects of quality curriculum and program development principles and practices to all design and development projects. The college has an extensive range of subject matter experts and curriculum specialists, supported by industry networks and the Georgian Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Program outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will reliably demonstrate the ability to:

  • participate in opportunities to practise English communication skills
  • respond to a narrative and apply photographic skills to interpret a personal vision
  • apply established standards of design and approaches to evaluating and critiquing photographic images
  • correctly operate a digital camera using manual and automatic adjustments in order to produce photographs that effectively communicate information regarding a particular subject matter
  • evaluate light and lighting situations in order to produce images that are visually stimulating and aesthetically pleasing
  • create correctly exposed and aesthetically pleasing photographs that demonstrate a basic knowledge of camera, lens, lighting, subject and design
  • assess the body of work produced in this class and compile a photographic component for the final presentation
student on computer using photography editing software in a studio

It is important to be visually literate, to understand pictures and how they affect us, as it is to be word-literate

Bill Kennedy

Explore the program

Program overview

In this program, participants acquire foundational knowledge related to the evaluation and application of photography. They will explore a variety of locations valuing the culture and history of the Canadian experience. By working with a group of global learners, program participants will be immersed in an environment infused with creativity and innovation. Participants also acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to create motion imagery according to established standards of design and evaluation.

To ensure successful group interactions and the realization of individual program goals, Georgian College has designed the program at an intermediate English level to accelerate positive change in our world!

Additional program features:

  • accommodation option available – homestay with a Canadian family (not included in the price)
  • medical insurance for the duration of the program
  • airport pick-up with greeter service and drop-off
  • city bus pass
  • orientation to program and campus tour
  • welcome meal and closing ceremony
  • 25 hours per week of programming
  • program supply materials
  • guided excursions to local tourist attractions
  • Georgian College Statement of Completion with 80 per cent attendance and completion of all course assignments

Training methodology

  • Teaching methodology supports adult learning theory and principles while respecting participants’ various learning styles


  • Georgian College, Downtown Barrie Campus, 5 Ross Street, Barrie, ON


  • June 1 to 19, 2020

Who can participate?

  • Global learners with intermediate English skills (recommended minimum equivalency: minimum IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL 50-59 or CAMLA 6)
  • Anyone aged 16 and older
  • Note: a two- to three- week English camp can be set up to help students become more comfortable with the language. This will be at an additional cost.


  • Program cost: $2,550 
  • Accommodation options:
    • residence (without meals): $780
    • residence (with meals, lunch and dinner, Monday to Friday): $1,430
    • homestay with Canadian family (three meals a day, seven days a week): $1,200
    • custodianship fee (compulsory for participants under 18 years of age and opting for homestay): $270

Payment and registration process

Please register online through the Georgian College Marketplace. For more information, please email Siddhant Taneja.

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a female student using a Canon camera to take a photo
a female student setting up photo shoot in the studio
building exterior of the Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre located downtown Barrie

Program details

About Barrie

Barrie is located about 60 minutes north of Toronto. Located on the shores of Lake Simcoe, Barrie is surrounded by natural scenery, including sandy beaches, scenic hills and parks. The Barrie area is Toronto’s playground. It offers everything a big city has, but in a smaller, greener, safer and more peaceful environment.

Sample weekly schedule

MorningRegistration and orientationComposing photographsCreation and evaluation of photographic imageryCamera operation, equipment and image captureMotion imageryGuided excursion to local tourist attraction
AfternoonTeam building activityLight and lighting on locationExploratory trip for cultural learning and photographyVisual conceptsTeam projectGuided excursion to local tourist attraction

Want to learn more?

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Whether you’re an applicant interested in studying at Georgian, an international student in need of guidance, or an individual looking to explore opportunities abroad, don’t hesitate to reach out to our International Education and Development office. We’re here to support you throughout your academic journey!

Contact information

Segal International Centre
C279, Barrie Campus

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