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Program Code: PH211 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber's Photography diploma program 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 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 DSLR, mirrorless 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

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  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 photography 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.


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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

Photography Program — How to Apply

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

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

"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)

Duane Cole

Duane Cole

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Expert Faculty

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Lauren Cheong

Lauren Cheong has been a photography educator since 2011 and has been teaching at Humber College since 2018. She has bachelor of fine arts degree in Visual Arts from York University, a Photography diploma from Humber College and a master of education in Adult Education from Yorkville University. Lauren has been working in the commercial photo industry for years at leading food photography studios and was the in-house photographer for the design company Umbra Ltd.

In addition to working behind the camera, Lauren loves being in front of the classroom sharing her passion for photography and education with others. She was the program and staff development manager at GTA Photography Classes where she created new and exciting courses, trained instructors and expanded the business to multiple cities. She knows the importance of a well-balanced education that promotes both theoretical and practical components to encourage learners to think conceptually as well as technically.

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Greg Danbrooke

A graduate of Humber College's Photography program, Greg has been teaching in Humber's Photography program since 2008.

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Lisa Hirmer

Lisa Hirmer is an interdisciplinary artist working in visual media, especially photography, social practice, performance, and occasionally writing. Her work finds home in traditional galleries as well as in other public contexts and has shown across Canada and internationally, including at Art Gallery of Ontario, University of Lethbridge Art Gallery, Doris McCarthy Gallery, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Harbourfront Centre, KIAC, Peninsula Arts, CAFKA, Third Space, Queens Museum, and Flux Factory, among others. Recent highlights for her practice include solo exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Guelph, Cambridge Art Galleries, and Art Gallery of Mississauga. She has done artist residencies with Arts House Melbourne (TimePlaceSpace: Nomad), the Santa Fe Art Institute (Water Rights), the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Rising Waters), the Centre for Contemporary Art and the Natural World, BIGCI, KIAC (the Natural + Manufactured) and Camargo Foundation, and was the 2016 artist in residence for the City of Guelph. She has received numerous grants from the Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts. She has a master's of architecture from the University of Waterloo.

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Sam Sciarrino

Sam Sciarrino is as an internationally known portrait photographer and the owner of Horvath Photography located in Toronto, Canada. A second-generation professional photographer for over 30 years, he holds a Master of Photographic Arts from Professional Photographers of America and a Master of Photographic Arts from Professional Photographers of Canada. He has received the title of Triple Master of Wedding-Portrait Photographers International. He was selected as one of six first Nikon ambassadors in Canada and Album Epoca international master ambassador.

Creativity, technical knowledge and keen attention to his clients' individual tastes has garnered Sam a solid reputation of creating work of exceptional artistic quality. He has been featured in numerous leading photography magazines such as Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, Studio Photography, Photo Imaging, Photo Pro, PPOC Magazine, and Image Maker in the United Kingdom. Sam has lectured and held workshops in Canada, U.S.A., England, Italy, Greece and China. With his vast knowledge of technique and composition, he has enjoyed a personally and professionally rewarding career as respected lecturer on the world-wide professional photography circuit.

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David Scott

David is a photography professor at Humber and has been teaching here full time since 2008.

Born in Glasgow, David studied photography in the UK and West Virginia before moving to Canada and completing a communications degree at Wilfrid Laurier University. For the past three decades, he has worked in commercial photography, music and editorial photography, along with developing an art-based visual practice. David continues his photographic work in altered realism and remote expedition photography.

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Jeff Stephenson

Freelance commercial and event photographer currently working in Toronto.

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Alexandra Votsis

Alexandra Votsis is a Toronto-based photographer specializing in fashion. She has over 12 years of experience. Her work has been published internationally in various magazines--such as FASHION, Hello! Greece, and Cosmopolitan Middle East--and featured on Vogue Italia and Z!NK, among others. Alexandra is also a passionate educator and mentor who strives to empower novice and experienced photographers to reach their highest potential.

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Qirou Yang

Qirou Yang is a Toronto-based multidisciplinary artist originally from southern China. She received her BFA in Photography at OCAD University and MFA in Documentary Media at Ryerson University. She believes that the nature of every medium ought not to be dull and set in stone, but to be sculptable and flexible. She has participated in Vector Festival, Video Fever, UAAC Conference, Digital Art Residency COLLAB-19 in 2020, and Residency Videopoem at the gallery Vidéographe in Montreal in 2021.

Your Career

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

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

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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 all listed course requirements.

    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.

  • 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

  • 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.

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
Computer Laptop: 2.5GHz processor, 16 GB memory, 512GB SSD HD, 13.3-inch monitor Macbook Pro or PC latptop equivalent.
Software Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom Classic, Capture One Pro, Adobe Premier Pro CC, Adobe After Effects CC, Microsoft Office All required software can be purchased through the college. Instructions on how to do so will be sent to students upon acceptance into the program.
Camera Manual mode, interchangeable lenses, hot shoe, sync port, audio in port, must be able to tether to Capture One Pro, must be able to shoot HD video at 60 frames per second Canon EOS 6D Mk2, Canon Mirrorless EOS R, Canon Mirrorless EOS RP, Nikon D500, Nikon D750, Nikon D780, Nikon D850, Nikon Mirrorless Z6, Sony a7 Mk2, Sony a7 Mk3.

*Canon Rebels are not suitable for this program as some models do not have hot shoes that sync with studio transmitters.

Contact Information

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

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

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).

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Admissions Questions

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

International Students  

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Contact Information

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

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

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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

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