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Professional Photography
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12-month Professional Photography Program

As a student in this program, you’ll combine your artistic imagination, vision, and passion with education in composition, theory, and the principles of photographic arts. In just 12-months, the professional photography diploma program offered at one of the leading digital photography colleges in Canada will prepare you for these careers:

  • Commercial Photographer (Product, Fashion, Advertising)
  • Industrial Photographer
  • Fine Art Photographer
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Photojournalist/Editorial Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Sport/Action Photographer
  • Event/Wedding Photographer
  • Wildlife Photographer
  • Film/Television Stills Photographer
  • Architecture and Real Estate Photographer
  • Stock Photographer

This intensive program introduces the student to all aspects of the business and application of photography, including mastering the camera—pre-production and scheduling—business development and implementation—photographic editing—studio and location lighting for portrait, fashion, glamour and beauty, and commercial productions. Concepts of colour theory, composition, history, posing, and client management will become second nature and prepare graduates to enter the business of photography as entrepreneurs.

Skills include:

  • Business Technology
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • Observing Light
  • Social Media for Photographers
  • Principles of Photography
  • Photographic Categories
  • Digital Imaging
  • Lighting for Stills
  • History of Photography
  • Photography Design and Marketing
  • Contemporary Photography Awareness
  • Business of Photography
  • Digital Darkroom
  • Professional Photography
  • Professional Portfolio

Key Information:

  • Delivery: In-class
  • Duration: 48 weeks
  • Starts: October
  • Credential: Diploma

As a graduate of this program, you’ll enter the professional world with confidence, armed with a professional-grade print and web-based portfolio showcasing the vision, style, artistic direction, and technical expertise. If Professional Photography is in your future, the Centre for Arts and Technology – one of the leading creative and technical schools in Canada – will help take you there.

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Centre for Arts & Technology courses are taught by respected industry professionals, dedicated to helping others get their start. Instructors all have years of experience working in the field and know what it takes to make it in today’s workplace. Centre for Arts & Technology schools are more than hallways and classrooms, instructors and students. We’re a community that will nurture you along your educational journey, provide challenges and opportunities, mentorship and motivation, and will foster a collaborative environment where you can reach your full potential.

Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have also partnered to create the CAT-BCIT Pathway: a cross-institutional agreement enabling CAT graduates entry into BCIT’s School of Business.

The heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna, BC is known for its unique climate offering students a virtual four-season playground. Our campus facilities include:

  • Contemporary audio recording studios
  • Photography and film studio outfitted with wall and lighting grid
  • State-of-the-art interior design, veterinary, animation, and technical labs
  • Numerous edit suites and computer labs with industry-standard software and hardware
  • Students lounges where we host numerous events throughout the year
  • Over 10,000 square feet of learning space

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