What to Expect
Photographic Technology students learn to successfully handle a wide range of camera systems, apply optimum lighting in various settings, produce images for specific professional needs, process images through digital means, develop applied computer skills and explore the creativity of electronic imaging. Courses in business practices, effective communications, business law, accounting and related issues prepare students for a variety of workplace situations.
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 13 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester accompanied by 18 to 24 hours of lab/studio work.
- 8 to 10 hours per week studying and completing class assignments.
Students have access to studios, darkroom facilities and computer imaging laboratories, as well as a broad range of camera and lighting equipment. Prospective students should be prepared for supply costs associated with the acquisition and use of advanced technology as well as consumable costs required for the completion of assignments.
Is This Program For You?
Successful professional photographers tend to be people with well-defined career goals, a drive to succeed and a passion for photography. In addition to these qualities, an entrepreneurial attitude is important as most photographers are self-employed.
Students will experience every aspect of the professional photographer's work life, including:
- image communication using colour, elements and design principles
- understanding photographic history and evolution
- photographic techniques
- electronic imaging
- photographic lighting
- commercial/industrial photography
- fine art photography
- communications and business programs and practices
Students will also complete a photographic essay/thesis project during their studies, where they will choose a thematic topic and capture and edit a series of photographs and prepare them for public viewing.