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Discover what it means to take your passion of digital photography and turn it into an exciting, rewarding and fulfilling career at Centre for Arts and Technology’s digital photography school. Start your photography learning journey and dive into the technical and historical sides of digital photography while compiling a professional portfolio through classroom, studio and real life assignments. Photography may have begun as a hobby for you, but you soon recognized the potential to turn your hobby into something more. You see beauty in what others may take for granted, and you know that the right lighting and composition can change the way we look at just about everything. The thought of working independently excites you and you can’t wait to share your vision with the world. Are you ready to make this vision a reality?
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY TRAINING
In just 12-months, the Digital Photography program offered at one of the leading digital photography schools in Canada will prepare you for these careers:
- Commercial Photographer (Product, Fashion, Advertising)
- Corporate Photographer
- Fine Art Photographer
- Photographer’s Assistant
- Photojournalist/Editorial Photographer
- Portrait Photographer
- Sport/Action Photographer
- Event/Wedding Photographer
- Wildlife Photographer
- Real Estate Photographer
- Stock Photographer
“The structure of the Digital Photography program was ideal for quickly learning correct technique and getting one-on-one constructive feedback. Centre for Arts and Technology gave me the resources, a network, and the support I needed to lead to incredible opportunities.” – Mike Phang
VICTOR POIRIER | DEPARTMENT HEAD
Victor’s interest in film started at age 17 when he had the opportunity to work as a PA on the documentary film A Life, by the late award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Frank Cole. After his work on the film (described by Andrienne Mancia of New York’s Museum of Modern Art as doing “some of the things that Scorsese does in The Last Temptation of Christ, but perhaps better”) Victor moved into photography, studying for a BFA at the University of Ottawa.
Post university, Victor worked as a set photographer, gaffer, camera assistant and camera operator in the Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal film industries; he then opened Erebus Productions, a facilities house which serviced the Eastern corridor with grip, electric, 16 mm and 35 mm film cameras. After a period directing music videos for Canadian bands, he moved to producing and directing under the banner Panfilms, where he won several awards in various categories, including documentary, national PSA’s, and animation, for a variety of networks, including CTV, OLN TVO and CBC.
In 2001, Victor moved to the UK where he became the director of BBC Scotland’s longest serving episodic television series The Beechgrove as well as several series for ITV and BBC Gaelic. Over the course of eight years he directed and produced over 150 episodes of primetime, from documentary, to lifestyle to reality. Victor also acted as Executive Producer on the BBC series, The Food Trail. Victor gained national recognition for his role as producer/director on the ITV series The Woman Who Ate Scotland, which broke established viewing figures and gained a Scottish Thistle nomination.
After moving back to Canada in 2008, he worked as director of development at Ocean Entertainment in Halifax, Nova Scotia before relocating to the Okanagan.. Victor now lives in Kelowna and works at the Center for Arts and Technology managing the Digital Filmmaking, and Digital Photography departments.
To learn more about working in the Photography Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST with Victor on our Soundcloud Stream.
GRANT ROBINSON | LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Grant’s interest in photography has taken him on fashion, advertising and editorial commissions; although he is best known for his work in the cycling and motorcycle industries and his genuine distaste for social media.
He left Canada at the end of his high-school education to travel and photograph throughout Europe. His interest in photographic theories and the printed image led him to the Falmouth College Of Arts in the UK where he studied for his BA (Hons) in Photographic History and Communication. As a student he was awarded in the UK Association Of Photographers + KODAK Awards for his portraiture work, and as a professional his work has featured on numerous magazine covers, in advertising campaigns and editorial commissions. For the first 12 years of his career he lived and worked out of London, England and has recently relocated with his young family to the Okanagan. He continues to travel on commissions and build his personal work exploring aspects of memory and the accumulation and interpretation of experiences through imagery.
"After completing my first year in a Visual Arts program at [another university], I realized I needed something for focused on the field I wanted to study. After realizing that I had wanted to pursue a focused art genre such as photography I needed to find a program that specialized in just that. I found the photography program at CATO that April and applied right away. It provided me the skills I needed while being close enough to my home town which was important to me at the time. I was eased into a bigger city and felt ready for something more when I graduated-hence moving my career and life to Vancouver." - Emily Cook