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  • Day - Courses taking place between Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
  • Evening/Weekend - Courses taking place on weekdays from 5 PM or later, or Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Online - Sometimes called "Home Study" or "Computer-Based Learning"
  • Distance - Traditional correspondence format. These courses work best if you can't get to a campus or if your schedule can't accommodate fixed class times

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It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in.

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Program availability may be limited for international applicants. Contact your student advisor for more information.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced Credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section and on the Transfer Credit Request Form (PDF), your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 2 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C+ in the course(s) or program

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

If you do not qualify for transfer credit or credential recognition, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) may be an option.

Contact the program for additional information about Advanced Credit.

Prepare for a career in photography through our comprehensive technical curriculum that emphasizes digital image capture and processing.

The 2-year diploma program promotes a practical, hands-on approach to learning supported by appropriate theory. You'll be given the opportunity to interact with industry professionals through guest lectures, seminars, assignment critiques, studio visits, field trips and work experience practicums. You'll also given plenty of time to practice your skills, build a portfolio of work and participate in professional association activities.

Employment rates reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and do not guarantee future employment opportunities.

Salaries reported by NAIT alumni are for information purposes and are not a guarantee of future alumni income.

Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

In the Photographic Technology program, you'll have access to NAIT's extensive studios, darkroom facilities and computer imaging labs, as well as the broad range of camera and lighting equipment required to complete your photographic assignments – and prepare for your career.

Over your 2 years of study, you'll learn how to:

  • handle a wide range of camera systems
  • apply optimal lighting in various settings
  • produce images for specific professional photographic needs
  • process images through digital means
  • develop applied computer skills
  • explore the creativity of electronic imaging

Year one

The first year of the program will provide you with many of the foundational skills required for a successful photographic career, including:

  • development of the visual and design aspects of photography
  • working with cameras of various formats (digital - DSLR and medium format)
  • controlling exposure and lighting requirements in a range of situations
  • processing, printing and presenting images through digital production procedures
  • extensive development of digital imaging skills using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Bridge, Capture One, etc. 
  • producing photographic images for photojournalistic requirements
  • illustrating nature of a business or organization through the production of a photographic essay

Year two

During the second year, you'll refine your photographic skills with courses in:

  • advanced digital imaging
  • portraiture, commercial and industrial photography
  • fine art photography
  • illustrating a theme through a photographic thesis
  • servicing the real-world photographic needs of a non-profit organization through a "major client project"

 

Enter the workforce with confidence

Employment opportunities exist in varied areas of photography, some of which are well-known and commonly associated with professional photography. Others are less visible to the public. 

After graduation, you may be employed as a portrait or wedding photographer. Or, you could find yourself serving the photographic needs of business and industry. This may include photography for the purposes of advertising, architectural, corporate communications, fashion or industrial projects. 

Photographic technologists are employed in hospitals, police departments, colleges, and government and scientific laboratories. Other opportunities exist in photomarketing and in media fields such as newspapers, magazines, multimedia and information technologies. 

What you need to succeed

Successful professional photographers tend to be people with well-defined career goals, a drive to succeed and a passion for photography.

Most photographers are self-employed, which will require an entrepreneurial attitude and the ability to manage your time and finances. You'll also need to communicate with clients, self-promote and build relationships. 

Photography is often required in the outdoors and in inclimate conditions. You may be required to travel, work independently and invest in advanced technology. Coming into the program, we recommend a budget of $2500 in order to procure professional-grade equipment. 

Have questions? We've got answers 

Student Service Centre

  • Email: askNAIT@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.471.NAIT (6248)
  • Toll free: 1.877.333.NAIT (6248)

General program information

  • Email: pht@nait.ca
  • Phone: 780.491.3159
  • Fax: 780.491.3160

 

 


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Term 1

COMM1169Effective Communications
  • Requisites: This course is not available to Open Studies students.
  • Course Equivalencies: ASE169
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This practical workplace communications course addresses basic business writing forms and styles, as well as the elements of job search. Students will learn about format, content, and techniques in writing. Students will create a photographic brochure, and will create an online blog responding to articles and other students' comments using standard English.

PHOT1000Camera Function and Operation
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Co-requisite: PHOT1040.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT120
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course instructs the students in using the tools of the photographic industry. The basic operation of digital cameras and light meters will be discussed along with lens use and selection, exposure metering and an introduction to lighting.

PHOT1001Two Dimensional Design
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT110
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Photography is a visual language that uses certain principles to convey what the photographer desires. This course discusses composition, color perception theories, elements and principles of design, enabling the student to think and plan in visual terms.

PHOT1010Introductory Photographic Lighting
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Co-requisite: PHOT1000.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Lighting is the key component in photography defining shape, form and texture in all subject matter. This course will introduce students to the equipment and basic techniques of photographic lighting - both on-location and in studio.

PHOT1030Photographic Critique I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Co-requisites: PHOT1000.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT125
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides students with the analytical skills that can be used to improve their own photography and analyze other photography with the goal of understanding what makes a good photograph. Critiques of photographs produced and submitted by the student are conducted on a weekly basis. Submissions are based on assigned themes, but allow for personal interpretation and expression.

PHOT1040Image Processing and Output
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

The computer has become the standard for editing and manipulating the images captured with a digital camera. In this course topics such as digital file formats, capture, importing, and processing using industry standard image processing software are covered in detail. The students will manage metadata, keywords, and copyright procedures and prepare the images for presentation to clients through digital file, web, print, and third party outsourcing. Emphasis is placed on achieving consistent quality of the output images.

Term 2

PHOT1510Advanced Photographic Lighting
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisite: PHOT1010.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Lighting is evolutionary and styles and trends are continually changing. This course will enhance the students knowledge of the equipment and advanced techniques of photographic lighting.

PHOT1530Photographic Critique II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1000, PHOT1030, PHOT1040.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT226
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course provides students with the analytical skills that can be used to improve their own photography and analyze other photography with the goal of understanding what makes a good photograph. Critiques of photographs produced and submitted by the student are conducted on a weekly basis. Submissions are based on assigned themes and judged by industry.

PHOT1540Post-Processing and Retouching
  • Requisites: this course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisite: PHOT1040.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Once the image has been imported, adjusted, and prepared, the client may also require that the images be manipulated to meet their needs. This course will cover the manipulation and enhancement of images using industry standard image processing software and plug-ins. Topics covered include but are not limited to HDR, Photomerge, montages, restorations, and compositions.

PHOT1541Digital Asset Management
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisite: PHOT1040.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Photographers need a quick, easy to use method of finding, accessing and safely storing photographic images they have created. The contents of this course cover the topics of Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems and how to implement them. The students will catalogue and organize digital image files, develop and automate an image-processing workflow.

PHOT1560Photographic Essay
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1000, PHOT1001, PHOT1010, PHOT1040.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT235
  • Open Studies: Not Available

In this course students will capture and organize a series of photographs for the purpose of telling a story. The communicative power of still photographs and their use in printed materials such as annual reports, brochures, newspapers and magazines will be discussed. The production of a Photographic Essay by each student is the major emphasis of this course.

PHOT1570Editorial and Photojournalism
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1000, PHOT1010, PHOT1040.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT231
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course prepares students for employment in photojournalism. Students will be introduced to types of news, photojournalistic styles, printed news media, news photography professional associations, shooting techniques and equipment. Ethical issues and historical aspects of photojournalism are discussed.

Term 3

BUSN2050Photographic Business Practices I
  • Requisites: This course is available students in the Photographic Technology program. Co-Requisites: PHOT2040, PHOT2070, PHOT2071. Pre-Requisite: COMM1169.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Sound business practices are integral to the operation of a successful photographic business. This course introduces basic concepts of business and financial management. It familiarizes students with: business principles, entrepreneurship, studio design and layout, creating a business plan, licensing and insurance, pricing and quotations, and client relationships. The students will arrange and participate in work placement within the industry.

PHOT2040Advanced Image Capture and Processing
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1540, PHOT1541.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Digital imaging technology is evolving and trends are continually changing. This course will enhance the students knowledge of software tools used to create the desired professional grade images.

PHOT2060Photographic Thesis
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1510, PHOT1540, PHOT1560. Co-requisites: PHOT2040, PHOT2070, PHOT2071.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT336
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Clients require the universal language of imagery to communicate their message. Students choose a thematic topic, capture and edit a series of photographs and prepare them for public viewing.

PHOT2070Commercial Photography I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1510, PHOT1540.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT370
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course introduces aspects of commercial photography used in corporate marketing and advertising. The lighting of products and models encountered in commercial photography is emphasized.

PHOT2071Portrait Photography I
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1510, PHOT1540.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT350
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Understanding portrait photography is the basis of operating a successful studio. Students are introduced to portraiture utilizing professional lighting, posing and interacting with live subjects in studio and on-location.

PHOT2072Videography and Multimedia
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT1510, PHOT1540, PHOT1541.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Video is becoming more prominent in photojournalism, wedding, and event photography. This course will introduce the students to techniques of capturing and editing video and audio. Interviewing techniques with a focus on storytelling will also be introduced.

Term 4

BUSN2550Photographic Business Practices II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisite: BUSN2050.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

This course is a continuation of the Photographic Business Practices I. This course expands on the common business practices that include: sales, contracts, licenses and releases, copyright, taxes, information management, human resources and community involvement. The students will arrange and participate in a work placement to evaluate the Program Level Outcomes.

PHOT2560Photographic Promotion and Marketing
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT2040, BUSN2050, PHOT2070, PHOT2071, PHOT2072.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT455
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Promotion and marketing are critical components of a photographer's success. A variety of self-promotional materials will be discussed and developed. The course also requires the development of a coherent body of work which displays the student's conceptual photographic talent and technical skills that exemplifies what has been learned at NAIT.

PHOT2570Commercial Photography II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology. Prerequisites: PHOT2040, PHOT2070.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Commercial photography is an interactive process working with clients to provide photographic solutions for their visual needs. Common problem solving practices and techniques used in commercial photography will be discussed. Students will also explore the areas of client interview, layouts, pricing and preparation of quotes.

PHOT2571Portrait Photography II
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology. Prerequisites: PHOT2040, PHOT2071.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

An advanced understanding of portrait photography helps you to establish a unique style in a competitive market. Specific styles and applications of professional photographic portraiture are studied. Individual, couple and group portraits are explored. Business and operating methods of portrait studios are studied in depth.

PHOT2573Fine Art Photography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisite: PHOT2040.
  • Course Equivalencies: PHT475
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Fine Art is a unique genre of photography. This course explores the significant artists and artistic movements of Fine Art Photography and their impact on social change. Projects will be assigned to allow students to explore Fine Art Photography and incorporate it into their own work.

PHOT2574Wedding Photography
  • Requisites: This course is available to students in the Photographic Technology program. Prerequisites: PHOT2040, PHOT2071.
  • Open Studies: Not Available

Wedding photography is a common discipline chosen by graduates to generate income. This course will cover all aspects of wedding photography including: wedding workflow, styles and trends, equipment and lighting and common business practices.

Tuition

Cost Per Credit: $150
Tuition Cap: $1,883

Tuition for International Students

Cost Per Credit: $473
Tuition Cap: $5,931

Mandatory Fees

NAITSA: $129
U-Pass: $175
Health & Dental: $128
Rec. & Athletics: $70

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Books, Supplies & Program Fees (est.)

Level 1 Term 1: $350
Level 1 Term 2: $250
Level 2 Term 1: $250
Level 2 Term 2: $250

Dates & Deadlines

We recommend submitting your program application at least 90 days before the application deadline.

Application Deadline: Sep 03, 2019

Term Start Date: Sep 03, 2019

Program Availability Status:  

Domestic Applicants: WL
International Applicants: WL

Entrance Requirements

OR

  • Successful completion of minimum 24 post-secondary credits* within an accredited or recognized arts degree or diploma with an Admission GPA of 2.0 based on the most recently completed post-secondary credits.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency

*Please note that acceptance into the program does not guarantee transfer credits. Transfer credits evaluation will take place after the student is accepted into the program.

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If you’re on a non-competitive waitlist, you should consider NAIT’s Academic Upgrading program or NAIT Equivalency Tests to become a more competitive applicant.

There is no guarantee that waitlisted applicants will be offered a seat, however it is common for seats to become available until the start of class. As seats become available, they are filled from the waitlist.
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*Program availabilty is subject to change without notice.

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