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Photography and Digital Imaging

If you’re interested in a career in photography, this program will give you a solid grounding in all the technical, artistic, and business skills you’ll need.

You’ll cover everything from the basics of film and darkroom development to lighting, composition, and editing using a modern DSLR camera and Photoshop™. You’ll learn the history of photography and what the trends are today. Professional guest photographers will come in to share their secrets. And you’ll benefit from real-world experience through workshops and on the job training. The program’s goal is to graduate students as photographers, assistant photographers and Photoshop™ technicians.

The program functions much in the same was as a large professional studio or lab. Photography & Digital Imaging maintains a 16 workstation Mac lab with a variety of scanners and printers. In order to simulate a realistic environment, many duties and responsibilities are managed by the students including mixing chemistry, minor equipment maintenance, minor cleaning and facilities upkeep. Through workshops, self-study and practical application, students learn the basic and advanced skills required for success in the field of photography.

The program places a strong emphasis on the business of photography, aspects of which include specialty and general employment options, market research and marketing/self-promotion for photographers, creative and technical standards and portfolio development. You will have the opportunity to develop your self-motivation and personal initiative, and will be encouraged to pursue personal and paying assignments outside of regular program activities.


Portfolio Requirements

Students applying to the program must submit a print portfolio that exemplifies two key concepts:

  1. Dedication – Prints that show a history of interest and personal study in photography over a period of several years. Portfolio photographs may be from school and other related courses, but at least five images should have been generated on the student’s personal initiative.
  2. Exploration – Prints that show the applicant has researched and practiced at least seven of the major photographic themes. Color photographs (and black and white if possible) of subject matter i.e., landscape, nature detail, formal portraiture, wedding, candid portraiture, animal, still life, product, abstract, experimental technique, figure study, sports, news events, astronomy and architecture. Please research themes.

Prints in the portfolio can be color or black & white (some of each would be ideal), must be a minimum size of 5 x 7 inches and presented neatly in a business folio or an album of good quality. Prints may also be presented mounted on board. Minimum number of prints is 12.

Other media can include: alternative printing methods (Polaroid transfers, etc.), traditional wet darkroom prints including hand coloring, solarization and photograms, slides and cross processed images. Additional images may be presented on CD/DVD or personal web posting (Flickr, Photobucket, etc.).

Please note: The portfolio will only be kept by Admissions for one year. Students will be contacted to make arrangements for pick up or delivery.


The Photography & Digital Imaging program requests that all enrolled students supply a Canon DSLR camera body with a at least a basic quality normal zoom lens. Please refer to the Camera Requirements link below for more information and do not hesitate to contact the Photography & Digital Imaging program instructors directly if further information is required.

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential Issued: Diploma, Photographer
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Portrait and wedding photography
  • Editorial, commercial or industrial photography
  • Assistant photographer
  • Digital Lab Technician
  • Photoshop™ Technician

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 5221.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Submission of a portfolio of photography work
  • Completion of a questionnaire
  • Resumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Fundamental Arts program

If you’re creative but not ready to take this program, you may want to consider the Fundamental Arts program, which helps students build the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary studies in the Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Imaging or Video Game Art and Animation programs. Build your portfolio and your confidence in this one year certificate program. Find out more here.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

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If you have any questions concerning the Photography and Digital Imaging program, contact:

Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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