Turn your creativity into a career with our photography courses - 2022/2023
Experienced, professional photographers mentor you in the proper use of cameras, lighting equipment and editing software to create outstanding, sellable images. Practical, hands-on assignments combined with a foundation in the theory of photography, will prepare you for a variety of photography subjects and challenges.
Students are provided with multiple resources to succeed. This includes, 24/7 access to six fully equipped studios, and access to Photo Loans and it’s collection of professional lenses, lighting equipment and medium format cameras.
Many projects require tethered capture and photo editing; therefore, your tuition includes a MacBook Pro laptop and an Adobe subscription. You keep the laptop after graduation
Videography, business planning, portfolio development and social marketing are value-added courses, providing you with additional skills needed to succeed as a photographer.
For students looking for advanced specializations, this two-year diploma program is complemented by the eight-month Photography - Advanced Graduate Certificate program.
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.
Students are expected to provide their own digital SLR camera with HD-Video capability, a compatible external hot-shoe mountable flash, tripod and an external hard drive (2 TB minimum).
A Connect fee is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule, for the use of a laptop computer for the academic year, costs associated with curriculum delivery, relevant software, on-site support and other program related technology.
Graduates of Fanshawe’s Photography program will have opportunities to pursue careers as photographers, assistants, and technicians in photographic studios, printing labs, and public or private agencies. They can also work as sales representatives or freelance artists. Let your creativity, attention to detail, networking and technical photography skills shine!
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 program:
Produce daily photo and video content for both promotional and training purposes.
Lifestyle and Events Photographer
Produce artistic photos in romantic, whimsical and timeless photo shoots.
Photo and Media Staff
Produce, edit, sort and upload videos and photographs to social media channels on a daily basis.
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.
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 the 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.
Admission Requirements - 2022/2023
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 CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- 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)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
|WRIT-1037||Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media||3|
|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-1062||Practical Photography 1||2.5|
|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.|
|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-1008||Production Techniques 1||3|
|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-1064||Photography Science & Theory 1||3|
|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-1083||Creative Design for Photo 1||2|
|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.|
|COMM-3075||Communications for Media||3|
|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-1063||Practical Photography 2||2.5|
|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-3028||Lighting Techniques 2||3|
|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-1015||Creative Design for Photo 2||3|
|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-1016||Production Techniques 2||3|
|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-1065||Photography Science & Theory 2||3|
|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-1058||Photography & the Arts||3|
|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.|
|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-3018||Practical Photography 3||2.5|
|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.|
|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.|
|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-1073||Self-Promotion & Portfolio Development||2.5|
|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-3032||Production Techniques 3||3|
|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.|
|MGMT-3003||Small Business Management||2|
|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-3023||Practical Photography 4||2.5|
|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.|
|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-1060||Photo Ethics & Issues||3|
|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-3022||Videography for Photographers||2.5|
|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.|
|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.|
Careers - 2022/2023
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 - 2022/2023
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Contemporary Media: 519-452-4227
Program DescriptionThe 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.
- 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.
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.
For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.