Photography - Advanced

Become a professional photographer by specializing in this one-year advanced photography program in London, Ontario. If you have a solid foundation in DSLR camera photography, the advanced photography program will help to develop your unique creativity into a professional career.


In these advanced photography courses, students explore a chosen photographic discipline where projects will be based on their choice of specialization. This can include fashion, food, architecture, product and portrait photography. As a result, you’ll graduate with a professional portfolio that aligns with your career goals.

Gain advanced photography and post-production skills, such as colour management strategies, still and motion imagery, lighting techniques and studio and location environments in both printed and online presentation formats.

You’ll also learn industry business practices, marketing, job pricing and workflows for photography and video projects, working with clients and stakeholders. Our on-campus creative service centre provides photography and video production to the local community, and is a hands-on entrepreneurial experience for students of the program.

Throughout the year, students make industry connections through field trips to meet with various photography professionals and visit trade shows and conferences to research new products and future trends in photography.

Program Overview

This program is intended for students who have a solid foundation in DSLR camera operation and want to develop their creativity to a professional standard and be competitive in the field of photography.

Students will explore a chosen discipline where projects will be based on their choice of specialization and result in a professional portfolio that aligns with their career goals. Since photography is an innovative, entrepreneurial field, students will also gain experiences such as marketing and job pricing, by working with real clients as they operate an on-campus service centre that will provide photography to the local community.

Students are provided with multiple resources. This includes, 24/7 access to fully equipped studios, and access to Photo Loans and it’s collection of professional lenses, lighting equipment and medium format cameras.

Many projects require photo editing; therefore, your tuition includes a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud, and Capture One software. Students must provide their own laptop computer, Macbook Pro’s are recommended.


Career Information ​​​​​​

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Photography – Advanced program have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of career opportunities that will let their creativity, attention to detail, networking and technical photography skills shine. Career opportunities include:

●  professional photographer

●  freelance assistant

●  photo editor

●  stylist

●  image re-toucher

●  shoot producer

●  portrait / wedding photographer

●  industrial photography

●  fashion photography

●  corporate photographer

●  food and drink photography

●  photo journalism

●  architecture / interior photography

●  animal / pet photography

●  art / pictorial / landscape photography


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario?

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Photography – Advanced program:

Wedding Photographer

Capture precious moments as dreams come true for a couple on their special day.

Real Estate Photographer

Help real estate agents get the attention of prospective buyers with inspiring photos of properties.

Freelance Photographer

Pack your bags as you travel around the world to shoot photos, video and/or create virtual tours to a client’s specification.


Photo of Oliver Johnson

This program provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to undertake a multitude of career options relating to photography. My focus for photography is on fashion/beauty but in this world you need to be diverse to make a living! With the industry standard knowledge and skills I gained at Fanshawe I was able to support myself in commercial/product immediately after graduation.

Oliver Johnson
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Capture still and motion imagery using a broad range of camera equipment, lighting techniques and procedures to suit project requirements.
2. Create professional still and motion imagery in both studio and location environments using knowledge of contemporary processes, procedures, visual styles.
3. Implement colour management strategies to create and maintain a properly colour calibrated work environment which complies with established standards.
4. Create still and motion imagery through the editing of image characteristics, retouching techniques and composite creation using to professional standards in both printed and on-line presentation formats.
5. Interpret the requests of clients to produce photos and videos that fulfil their needs.
6. Develop business procedures for photography and video projects, including requirements and deliverables, budgetary considerations, pricing and contract management, to ensure profitability.
7. Cultivate professional relationships with clients, customers and designers in order to build and sustain a professional practice.
8. Produce a self-promotional cross-media portfolio which highlights one’s innovative, creative skills and technical expertise in photography, print, video and interactive design.
9. Investigate evolving photography trends, issues, technologies and industry practices in the development of professional growth strategies and plans and to develop expertise in a chosen field of work or specialization.


Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

Program Details

Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Gilles Sweet-Boulay

Day Time
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Admission Requirements

A Diploma or Degree in:
- Photography
- Fashion Merchandising
- Fine Art
- Graphic Design
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above and completion of a portfolio.
Successful completion of a Supplemental Evaluation (Note: a minimum grade of 60% is required)

English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Assessment of Applicant�s skill set relevant to the program based on a digital portfolio

Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
Total Cost of Program

*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.



Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
PHOT-6022Photography Specialization 16
This course gives the student the opportunity to specialize in his/her chosen photographic specialty. Each student has the opportunity to major in Portrait (people/event), Commercial (product/fashion/industrial/architectural). Each student will also have the option to choose a Minor in various areas of Photography. During the academic year, participation in competitions and exhibitions is compulsory. Judging and evaluation of images to professional standards is an integral learning tool incorporated in this course. Minors could include 3D imagery, CGI etc.
ENTP-6002Creative Industries for Photography 15
Students will operate an on-campus service bureau that provides photography/video/printing service to the college and local community. Students will also work as freelance talent providing the services. Students will create promotional and pricing material to market their services. Students will participate in interviews with potential clients or employers. This course will instill entrepreneurship and professional business practices, including pricing for jobs, setting deadlines and providing good customer service. This course will include a research component, exploring new technologies, services and marketing strategies. Student will be required to attend and/or participate in industry trade shows.
PHOT-6023Video Production 16
Using DSLR cameras with HD Video capabilities and Adobe Premiere, student will gain a better understanding of the skills and workflows required to be successful in a Video Production / Post-Production Environment.
GRAF-6001Digital Master Class 14
This course deals with the production of high resolution finished photographic artwork using Adobe Photoshop along with other software. A continuing student advancement and exploration of the "bitmap editing" software. (Possibly ACE Accreditation and PHASE Cert )
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