School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Photographic Technology

Sep 01, 2022
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  • On-Campus Day - Your course activity is done in-person Monday - Friday, before 5 PM.
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  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.


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  • 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

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

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Program delivery varies by program and may be subject to change.. We encourage you to review how your classes will be delivered for the upcoming terms. If you have questions about program delivery or class enrolment, please contact your program area.

The Photographic Technology diploma is not currently accepting new applications.

The Photographic Technology diploma is currently under review and will not be accepting new students at this time. Should you have any questions, please contact the program at

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
Photographic Technology student

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. 

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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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