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Program Code: PH211 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Overview

The Photography diploma at Humber is one of the most highly regarded and longest-running photographic training programs in the country. In this two-year program, you will develop both a professional skillset and creative thinking abilities to become job ready for the visual communications industry.

Through the four semesters of study, students learn advanced photographic techniques giving them the ability to bring their visual imaginations to life. Classes are hands-on, and you will develop additional skills in planning, production and post-production. These assets, along with soft skills in communications and networking, will give you the solid foundation needed for your career ahead.

From advertising photography to editorial and portraiture, to motion capture and e-commerce imaging, you will graduate from this program prepared to engage fully in a wide range of visual imaging career options. In this program, you will:

  • be trained on full frame DSLR and medium format digital cameras, along with professional studio and location lighting and grip equipment
  • learn to be an effective visual storyteller across multiple platforms
  • produce corporate video and audio for the web and other applications
  • produce assets from client layouts for digital and print end use
  • shoot professional photographic images in both the studio and on-location environments
  • print professional archival digital and one-of-a-kind analogue prints
  • capture, process and edit content using current software applications such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Capture One Pro and Premiere Pro
  • learn the business side of photography including quoting, invoicing and building working relationships with clients

Courses are designed with industry input, ensuring you are learning current and relevant information in state-of-the-art studios and labs from industry experts – people who know the trends and effective methods of visual communications.

Following a work placement in final semester, the program culminates with a graduate portfolio show where students network with industry, and introduce their skills with portfolios, video footage and large format prints.

Courses Program Standards

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Select and use appropriate photographic equipment and techniques to capture quality images* of a variety of subjects, in studio and on location.
  • Use post-production techniques to edit and finish images in formats that meet industry standards and the needs of the client.
  • Create lighting schemes* using appropriate techniques, equipment and accessories to produce quality images* that meet the needs of the client.
  • Employ design elements* and principles* to plan and create visually sound images*.
  • Complete all work in a professional and ethical manner and in accordance with legal requirements applicable to the photography industry.
  • Develop strategies to maintain currency with evolving photography trends, issues, technologies and industry practices to enhance work performance and guide professional development.
  • Select and use digital asset management* tools and strategies to catalogue, store, back up, retrieve and archive images and prints.
  • Use business planning and administrative skills to support and maintain a photography business.
  • Use a variety of marketing tools and strategies that effectively promote photographic products and services.
  • Develop and present a professional portfolio that illustrates one’s creative approach and image conception, capture, editing and production skills.


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Work Placement

The program includes a 72-hour work placement, providing you with a chance to apply your skills in a real-life professional setting. The program works with industry for technical support and postings to help students find their placements.

The Humber Advantage

Watch the video to see how Humber's in-depth Photography program teaches the technology, business, and theory required to successfully enter the professional field of photography.

Expert Faculty

The outstanding quality of graduate work speaks volumes about the knowledge and experience of our award-winning and well-connected professors. Program co-ordinator David Scott has been a photographer, artist and educator for over 25 years, and a full-time professor at Humber since 2009. Sharing a commitment to blending hands-on skills with creative thinking, David and fellow full-time professor Greg Henderson ensure the program is a leader in professional photographic training. With a background in commercial photography and education, Greg has leading technology and imaging software skills, which he shares daily with students in a real-world setting. Part-time professors bring further breadth of current industry practice to the program. Not only do they teach Humber photography students what is happening with clients and business, they develop critical thinking and conceptual ideas, guiding learners to be their best. Our professors include leading professionals Hasnain Dattu, Sam Sciarrino, Lauren Cheong, and Greg Danbrooke.

The Humber Experience

Photography Graduate Showcase 2020

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Creative Photography Showcase

Creative Photography students showcase their portfolios

The Professional Perspective

Creative Photography student, Zoran posing for photos


Student Work


Student Testimonial

"Before I took this program, my knowledge of photography was superficial. I just didn't have the environment to learn about lighting before. I was doing a lot of street photography with natural light. After two years, I've learned from industry experts with top-quality equipment."

Gillian, 2011 graduate Professional Photographers of Ontario Judges Choice Award Winner (2011)

Your Career

This program can take you in a number of career directions including:

  • junior photographer
  • assistant photographer
  • freelance photographer
  • e-Commerce photographer
  • social media producer
  • digital asset manager
  • post-production specialist

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Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2021 North Open Open

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Watch the video to learn some useful tips on how to choose images for your application portfolio.


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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Portfolio

  • Applicants will present a portfolio that includes 12 examples of original work. The portfolio must contain a combination of colour and/or black and white images.

    Submission Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Equipment & Device Requirements

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Pro 2.5GHz MacBook Pro or PC equivalent
Memory 16GB
Storage 512GB SSD HD
Monitor 13.3-inch
Other Adobe: Photoshop CC, Bridge CC, Lightroom CC, Premiere Pro CC, After Effect CC; Capture One Pro 11; Keynote; X-Rite i1 Colour Management software; Phocus - Hasselblad; MS Office, *FULL FRAME DSLR camera with 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED lens, (or similar focal lengths) that is capable of tethering to Capture One software, and shooting HD video at 60 frames per second. Nikon D750 camera with 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens is suggested or Canon, Sony equivalent

Contact Information

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

David Scott, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4855
david.scott@humber.ca

Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,740.64
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Approximately $2,500 - program-specified camera; and $2,100 - Mac laptop. Students also require lenses, tripod, flash meter, professional flash and supplies (as required).

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Bachelor of Media any major

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Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

BA (Hons) Photography, Video and Digital

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Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Business Bachelor of Business Administration

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Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

BA Photography Level 6

Humber and the University of Salford in Manchester, UK have entered into an agreement to facilitate transfer from Humber's Photography Diploma to Salford's BA in Photography for considered entry to the third and final year of study upon satisfying the requisite entry criteria. 

Application for admission:

  • applicants may apply by January 15 through:  https://beta.salford.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/photography
  • sight of photographs from at least three different series/bodies of work (20-30 photographs) which demonstrate that the student has explored and developed skills and understanding across a range of photographic processes.
  • evidence of critical engagement with the history and culture of photography - typically this would take the form of a standard academic essay, certified by Humber as being the work of the student
  • GPA of 60%.  (A GPA of 55%-59% may be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

Photography Diploma students will be granted a block of 51 credits towards the 120 required for an undergraduate honours degree, when admitted to programs at York University. Therefore, transferring students will be required to complete a minimum of 69 credits to receive their BFA degree. Students must earn a minimum 120 credits to complete an Honours degree at York University. Transferring students must meet all the degree requirements while completing these credits to be able to graduate from York University. Depending on course waivers and the degree program chosen, students may be required be complete more than 120 credits to graduate. 

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business. 

Please note:  Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours Photography Editorial and Advertising

Humber College and the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) have entered into agreement to facilitate transfer from Humber's Photography diploma program to UoG's BA (Hons) Photography OR BA (Hons) Photography: Editorial and Advertising. Students from Humber who have successfully completed the diploma in Photography will be considered for entry to the second year (Level 5) of the programs.

International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: www.glos.ac.uk/study/international

Students will be expected to attend an Academic Induction preceding entry to the program. Students admitted to the UoG program will pay the appropriate annual tuition fee rate. The definitive fees will be those published here: http://www.glos.ac.uk/international

Students admitted to UoG from Humber will be eligible to receive the international bursary relevant to our partners and the Canadian market. This award, and its ruling terms and conditions, is subject to change on an annual basis. For September 2020/January 2021 entry the applicable bursary is £3,000, and will be automatically applied against tuition for successful applicants from Humber. Please note that the bursary is only available to students who are studying full-time at the UoG on campus in the UK, and completing a full degree (not available for distance learning or master's stage students).

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Photography

Humber College and the University of Gloucestershire (UoG) have entered into agreement to facilitate transfer from Humber's Photography diploma program to UoG's BA (Hons) Photography OR BA (Hons) Photography: Editorial and Advertising. Students from Humber who have successfully completed the diploma in Photography will be considered for entry to the second year (Level 5) of the programs.

International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: www.glos.ac.uk/study/international

Students will be expected to attend an Academic Induction preceding entry to the program. Students admitted to the UoG program will pay the appropriate annual tuition fee rate. The definitive fees will be those published here: http://www.glos.ac.uk/international

Students admitted to UoG from Humber will be eligible to receive the international bursary relevant to our partners and the Canadian market. This award, and its ruling terms and conditions, is subject to change on an annual basis. For September 2020/January 2021 entry the applicable bursary is £3,000, and will be automatically applied against tuition for successful applicants from Humber. Please note that the bursary is only available to students who are studying full-time at the UoG on campus in the UK, and completing a full degree (not available for distance learning or master's stage students).

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

David Scott, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4855
david.scott@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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