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Develop your eye for photography in this hands-on program - 2021/2022

If you have an eye for amazing pictures, and if you're ready to turn your dreams into a thriving and creative profession, Fanshawe's Photography program will give you the skills necessary for the career you've always pictured. 

Program Overview

Using DSLR cameras, you'll master the fundamentals of video and audio capture, as well as learning the nuances of black and white and colour digital printing systems. Experienced professional photographers teach and mentor students in theory and science, lighting and staging techniques, marketing and small business management. High performance laptops, digital imaging and video editing software and 24/7 access to Fanshawe's on-campus photography studio will give you a professional advantage in this creative field. Students also have access to print services and equipment loans on campus. 

Career opportunities for graduates of our photography program

Graduates find work as photojournalists, or in architectural, advertising, fashion and art photography. And, if you have the entrepreneurial spirit, point your camera to a career in public relations, commercial, portrait, wedding or group photography.


Raj Gadhvi
Photography grad

Fanshawe photography is not just a program. It's heaven for photographers who want to learn the art. I wanted to get a theoretical understanding of photography and Fanshawe gave it to me.



Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

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 79 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 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 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 60 with no score less than 50 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 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% 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 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M)
  • Grade 12 Media Arts (M)

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Applicants to the Photography program should determine if they suffer from impairments which might hinder their visual judgment. An assessment of the range of the individual's colour perception would be valuable
  • Applicants are also alerted to the physical demands of photography employment including long hours of work and a need to carry heavy loads of equipment over long distances

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



Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1037Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media3
This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
PHOT-1062Practical Photography 12.5
This course is a practical introduction to small format digital camera techniques and colour and B/W printmaking. The emphasis will be on learning different camera settings to control exposure and image quality. Intended to complement Photo 1064 Photo Science and Theory 1, this is a project course whereby students demonstrate practical camera skills, knowledge and photographic competency by submitting regularly scheduled photographic assignments. Students will also have the option of producing a first semester portfolio. Most of the work will incorporate digital workflow and image editing software, using laptop computers, and inkjet printers, external hard drives, servers and other peripheral devices.
PHOT-1072Lighting Techniques3
Students will be introduced to safe studio practices and studio lighting through demonstrations and completing required assignments. Students will learn about small product, tabletop lighting set-ups, metering studio lights, proper colour balance and using light modifiers.
PHOT-1008Production Techniques 13
This course is an introduction to working with digital photographs. Students will begin with digital asset management and learn how to import, and organize their image files. They will also learn basic image editing, color correction, and printing with an inkjet printer. Students will be introduced to the editing tools found in both Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.
PHOT-1064Photography Science & Theory 13
This course covers the fundamental principles governing the photographic process. Students will learn the theory and science behind in-camera image creation. This includes camera operation, mathematics, basic physics, light and photometry.
PHOT-1083Creative Design for Photo 12
This course combines the theory of 2 dimensional design complimented with a selection of photographic print projects of a creative and aesthetic nature. Students will be exposed to a variety of topics within design theory, art history, philosophy and contemporary photography.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
COMM-3075Communications for Media3
This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of media, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the media workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
PHOT-1063Practical Photography 22.5
This course is a continued explanation and practice of digital camera techniques and colour and B/W printing. It is also an introduction to on-camera flash, and off-camera flash. The emphasis will be on improving image quality through camera settings and exposure control with ambient light, flash, or a combination of both. This is a project-based course whereby students will learn and demonstrate practical photographic skills. There will be a maximum of 10 scheduled assignments including mandatory Student Print Competition participation, a printed Portfolio, and an end of year Portfolio Review. Most of the work will incorporate digital workflow and image editing software, using laptop computers. Photographic camera skills, organizational and editing skills on the computer, export of files and/or prints to a professional standard within a timeframe.
PHOT-3028Lighting Techniques 23
This course is a continuation of Lighting Techniques and will introduce more complex lighting arrangements. The demonstrations and assignments, will include photographing objects with reflective surfaces such as metal and glassware. Students will also explore a variety of lighting styles used in portraiture. Students will tether their cameras to a laptop allowing them to examine exposure and colour balance while shooting.
PHOT-1015Creative Design for Photo 23
Students will learn advanced principles of 2-dimensional design & composition as well as the importance of light and all its aspects on composition and form. Students will also learn basic principles of colour, perspective, contrast and tonality and the various treatments of space. As part of developing a photographic vocabulary, projects will be preceded by written proposals to develop the student's ability to preconceive an image and then follow it through to produce a final product/image.
PHOT-1016Production Techniques 23
Students will work with digital cameras and computer imaging programs to produce and present images to professional standards. Students will use digital applications to manipulate, create, and control photographic images. Computers will be used to work with digital files and final images will be produced on-line and with digital printers.
PHOT-1065Photography Science & Theory 23
This course gives the student a basic knowledge of the science and theory associated with digital photography. In this course students will learn how different image sensors work and the theory behind colour management as they track the progress of an image from camera to display to print. Students will also learn the history and development of artificial light for photography with emphasis on flash (strobes) as a light source for exposure. This will include the fundamental principles of studio and location lighting.
PHOT-1058Photography & the Arts3
The course will expand the students general knowledge of the history of photography and an overall visual literacy of the periods, concepts and how the various advances in photography changed society.

Level 3
Gen Ed - See requirement below
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
The course is designed to explain and instill the basic principles of the marketing function and facilitate the practical application of these principles. The course will focus on techniques used in sales promotion, media advertising, market research, public relations/publicity and distribution.
PHOT-3018Practical Photography 32.5
This course introduces the student to the operation and application of high-end digital cameras, small flash and monolights. The use of proper, on-location lighting, remote triggering systems and camera techniques, in the areas of Advertising, Public Relations and Portrait photography are covered.
PHOT-3026Commercial Photography3
This course prepares students for camera operation and lighting schemes used in the commercial retail studio. Students will photograph advertising assignments that present unique challenges to the photographer and that require more advanced lighting set-ups and special light modifiers. The course also examines various styles used in this market and some discussion will include how to price different types of jobs.
PHOT-3019Digital Workflow2.5
This course will explore various techniques of using digital cameras combined with laptops for image control and time efficiency with consistent quality. The emphasis will be on producing high quality colour and black and white images for use on-line or as prints and books. Maximum image production workflow from the image capture stage to the final printed form will be a major element of this course. Students will work with various digital camera systems under a variety of lighting conditions. All assignments will be mapped with the learning outcomes.
PHOT-1073Self-Promotion & Portfolio Development2.5
In this course students will apply their photography skills to create promotional materials and give their portfolio an online presence. Through various hands-on assignments using industry standard software the students will design a photography brand suitable for Print, Web and Social Media, that will prepare them for further self-promotion and marketing.
PHOT-3032Production Techniques 33
Students will gain more advanced photo editing skills using Adobe Photoshop. Emphasis will be on producing professional quality images from digital files. Printing and preparation of digital images with practical in class exercises. This course will expand upon the skills and techniques learned in PHOT-1016.

Level 4
Gen Ed - See requirement below
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MGMT-3003Small Business Management2
Artisans and professionals often decide to start and operate their own businesses as a career alternative to wage employment. The central focus of this course is on initiating self-employment, new ventures and preparation of saleable proposals. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the creation, formation, operation and control of a freelance or more formal smaller-scale business. In depth coverage shall be given to: market potential analysis, the need for capital and sources of that capital. These skills can be adapted and employed in the students everyday personal life, with regards to planning, organized thought and financing.
PHOT-3023Practical Photography 42.5
Using digital cameras, the student will produce images of commercial, advertising, event and public relations photography to a professional standard. Also, produce a concise resume and portfolio.
PHOT-3024Portrait Photography2.5
This course introduces the fundamentals of studio and location portraiture using digital cameras, portable lighting systems and available lighting. 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. The psychology of portraiture and working with subjects is integrated throughout the curriculum delivery.
PHOT-1060Photo Ethics & Issues3
Guest speakers will be announced and help inform students on various photography ethics issues. The topics will include discussion and debate of photojournalism, sports journalism and professional photographic standards. Copyright and social networking practices will also be addressed. Students will actively participate in seminar style classes and will research, write and prepare a short movie on an aspect of photography and ethics.
PHOT-3022Videography for Photographers2.5
Students will be introduced to DSLR video practices through demonstrations, assignments, and participation in class group work. Students will learn camera settings, lighting, audio recording techniques, and movements specific to video capture. This course will also introduce students to video editing software required to produce professional quality videos.

Add'l Req
Take the following Mandatory Course:
Normally taken in Level 3 or 4
FLDP-1013Field Placement1.8
This course requires the student to complete 30 hours of working in a Photography related business or providing volunteer photography service on-campus or in the local community. The work must be unpaid and must be related to professional photography or the photography industry. The intent of this course is to provide the student with experiential learning through either job-shadowing, or active participation in a professional setting. Students will participate in activities to prepare them for Field Placement. This will include professional communication skills, researching and securing a placement and professional conduct while on Field Placement.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 3 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Level 3 or 4

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 18 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the two-year program will have good employment possibilities as photographers, assistants, and technicians in small and large photographic studios, printing labs, government or other public or private agencies as sales representatives or freelance artists.

More Information - 2021/2022

A Mandatory Mobile Computing (Laptop) Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Program Code: PHT1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September/January Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Contemporary Media: 519-452-4227

Program Description

The Photography program provides training for students in the professional aspects of the photography industry. Digital SLR instruction will prepare the student for work in photojournalism, architectural, advertising, fashion, product, industrial, public relations, portrait, and wedding photography. Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of video and audio capture using DSLR cameras. Production work includes instruction in black and white and colour using digital printing systems. This program integrates the use of high-end laptops, digital imaging and video editing software in the curriculum.

Other Information

  • Students entering Level 1 of the program in January will continue into Level 2 of the program in the Summer term and Level 3 in the Fall term.
  • Students are expected to provide their own digital SLR camera with HD-Video capability (approximately $1,700.00 - $2,300.00), a compatible external hot-shoe mountable flash (approximately $600.00), tripod (approximately $300.00) and a USB or Thunderbolt external hard drive (1 TB minimum) (approximately $150.00).
  • A CONNECT fee is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. 
  • The CONNECT fee is for the use of a laptop computer for the academic year, costs associated with curriculum delivery, relevant software, on-site support, other program related technology.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. select and use appropriate photographic equipment and techniques to capture quality images* of a variety of subjects, in studio and on location.

2. use post-production techniques to edit and finish images in formats that meet industry standards and the needs of the client.

3. create lighting schemes* using appropriate techniques, equipment and accessories to produce quality images* that meet the needs of the client.

4. employ design elements* and principles* to plan and create visually sound images*.

5. complete all work in a professional and ethical manner and in accordance with legal requirements applicable to the photography industry.

6. develop strategies to maintain currency with evolving trends, issues, technologies and industry practices to enhance work performance and guide professional development.

7. select and use digital asset management* tools and strategies to catalogue, store, back up, retrieve and archive images and prints.

8. use business planning and administrative skills to support and maintain a photography business.

9. use a variety of marketing tools and strategies that effectively promote photographic products and services.

10. develop and present a professional portfolio that illustrates one’s creative approach and image conception, capture, editing and production skills.

Program Pathways

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Program Details

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Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
2022 January

International Students

Start Dates
2022 January
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Gilles Sweet-Boulay

Day Time
Ontario College Diploma
60 weeks