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Photography (Part-time)

Ontario College Certificate
Program Code:
Continuing Education

About the Program

This program provides training for students in the commercial aspects of photography. The program content includes digital SLR camera techniques useful for photo-journalism and newspaper photography. Practical and theoretical instruction will prepare the student for work in advertising, product, industrial, public relations (wedding, group) photography as well as studies in portraiture. Students will also be exposed to computer practical digital imaging and the business aspects of photography.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
PHOT1010 Fundamentals Of Photography
Description: This course will give you a solid photographic base of learning. Practical demonstration and evaluation of your photographs will be provided throughout the course. You will learn to operate your DSLR camera, understand its accessories, and expose and compose more effective photographs. Be sure to bring your fully manual DSLR camera (with interchangeable lenses and accessories) to the first class. Your course hours include one off-campus field trip.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
PHOT1020 Advanced Photography
Description: This course builds on the knowledge gained in The Fundamentals Of Photography, and will help the student to learn and practice advanced photographic techniques. This course includes in-class practice using higher-level photographic methods, as well as photographic theory and current professional practices. One class will be spent off-campus to further the students' practical experience. Topics will include light control with off-camera flash, composition, black & white photography and advanced camera settings such as file formats, shutter and aperture effects and more. Students will fine-tune their skills and will learn to critically assess their own photographs. The student will learn to work independently, and through assignments and demonstrations, will gain the confidence to take their own direction in photography.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1010
PHOT1050 Digital Imaging Part I
Description: Recommended: Basic Computer Skills
Students will be introduced to the ever advancing world of digital photography. Using Photoshop, emphasis will be placed on image input, colour correction, density/contrast control, blemish removal and touch up, black and white or sepia conversions and to final preparation for the output of their choice.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1020
PHOT1065 Commercial Studio
Description: This course introduces the student to the works of commercial photography. Topics include the basic techniques required in the operation of medium and large format cameras, basic studio lighting techniques, with practical demonstrations and exercises. Introduction to film emulsions used, processing methods and exposure measurements will also be covered.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1120
PHOT1080 Business Of Photography
Description: This course familiarizes students with the business aspects of photography, whether working for themselves or for someone else. Students learn about the responsibilities and how to manage studio production and promotion. Topics include quoting, client relations, archiving images, shooting stock, scheduling jobs, portfolios, pre and post production.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1290
PHOT1120 Digital Imaging Part II
Description: This course builds upon the skills gained in Digital Imaging - Part I by allowing students to explore advanced imaging techniques. Areas of study will include: custom colour settings, levels and curves, layers, filter applications, renaming/sorting, automated tasks, monitor calibration, image archive systems, and advanced printing and output techniques.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1050
PHOT1160 Portraiture
Description: This course introduces the fundamentals of studio portraiture using digital cameras. The areas of portraiture covered will include male and female posing and portrait styles, couple and group photos. Appropriate lighting styles will be emphasized to enhance and present portrait subjects in modern and classical studio portraiture.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1060 or PHOT1065
PHOT1220 Photography - Field Experience
Description: Being able to present a variety of your work in order to gain employment in the field is a crucial component of this program. You will be required to complete numerous field assignments and present them to the instructor as part of your professional portfolio.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1080
PHOT1290 Photojournalism
Description: This course will introduce students to the core goal of photojournalism: exploring the human experience by creating narratives with documentary images. By following a set of ethical standards, students will be asked to act as photojournalists, covering varied assignments. In addition to being asked to create and select compelling images, students will be expected to construct succinct, factually accurate, and grammaticaly correct sentences to tell the stories behind their photos.
Hours: 30
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: PHOT1160
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Spring Fall Winter
PHOT1010 Fundamentals of Photography X X X
PHOT1020 Advanced Photography X X X
PHOT1050 Digital Imaging Part I X X X
PHOT1120 Digital Imaging Part II X X
PHOT1065 Commercial Studio X
PHOT1080 Business of Photography X
PHOT1290 Photojournalism X
PHOT1160 Portraiture X
PHOT1220 Photography - Field Experience X X X

All efforts will be made to adhere to this schedule, however the college reserves the right to make adjustments when necessary.
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The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Carol Schlievert,, 519-748-5220 ext. 2390

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