Professional Photography
& Imaging

Full-Time Two Year Diploma : Next intake January 2, 2018   *** Information Night Thursday, Aug 31 from 4-6 PM ***

This program provides students both the technical and visual communication skills required for a variety of careers related to photography & imaging. Students use industry standard hardware and software to capture and manipulate images. 

Why you should study with us:

Components of the program focus on the fundamentals of digital image capture, exposure components, photographic technologies, image processing and enhancing techniques using Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) and Photoshop. 

Classes include Photographic Light & Composition, Studio Lighting techniques, Portraiture, Photojournalism, Commercial photography, Fine Art photography, Business of photography, basic Graphic Design, Video, and Portfolio development. 

Students will have the opportunity to develop a unique and individual photographic style, while showcasing industry expected skills that meet the needs of current and future clients. Students will develop business and career assets that are relevant to today’s professional photography and imaging industry.  

Graduates will have both technical and entrepreneurial skills needed to run a successful business offering a variety of services such as: portraiture, photojournalism, weddings, public relations, commercial, retouching and manipulation, advertising, publication, fashion, tourism, sports, fine art, basic graphic design, and basic videography. Graduates will be employable as assistants, photo or digital retouchers for small studios, newspapers, web development companies, service bureaus, digital processing labs or establish their own businesses.

Tuition and Lab Fees: 
Fees for all the programs are listed on page 3 of our Application Form.

Full Time Application Form
About the Program

... the teachers bring their own knowledge, passion and creativity into the classroom. The learning environment is nice, being right on the Victoria Harbour. I’ve been inspired by all of my teachers and I look forward to starting the second year.

Student 1

Yes, I’ve had a wonderful year learning from all of the teachers and getting to know my class-mates.

Student 2

Course Description:

Photographic Techniques
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the technical components of digital photography and studio lighting.

Digital Processing
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the technical and professional components of Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop pertaining to metadata, archiving, professional retouching and restoration.

Design & Presentation
Although art by its nature is an intuitive process, there are many techniques that are very useful to help you create and analyze your work and its individual merit. This course is designed to provide insights into Colour and the ‘Elements of Design’. With an understanding of these basic elements, students will be able to create an articulate analysis of theirs and other designers work—why do some things work and others do not!

Photographic Surroundings
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of how everyday surroundings impact an image in regards to light, texture, material and composition.

Technology of Imaging
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of how imaging equipment functions and will learn the biology behind the technology. Students will dissect imaging equipment for a greater knowledge of why imaging equipment works the way it does.

Issues & Trends
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of current and past conflicts within the arts industry and how to overcome them Students will grasp the concept of why certain trends are used in the industry and what effect they display.

Visual Communications
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of composition, perspective, line, colour, texture and light and how they can be used to create various emotions.

Aesthetics & Criticism
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding photographs and art is critiqued in a variety of different mediums

Photographic Art History
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the history behind photographic art. The course provides students with an opportunity to create their own art with a digital camera and understand why it is considered art.

Video Foundations
This class will cover video technologies and audio design as they apply to the worldwide web and interactive technologies. Subjects include video editing, audio design, motion graphics, video compression, web embedding, and optimization. For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the video setting on DSLR cameras while utilizing past knowledge obtained in Visual Communications and Photographic Techniques courses.

Graphic Design
Develop an ability to analyze type, to discuss it using specialized vocabulary, to choose appropriate type treatments for design, and to acquire a sensitivity to the impact of effective type choices. Additionally this class will introduce Adobe Illustrator as a Type and Drawing tool. There is a strong technical start in Postscript Graphics using Adobe Illustrator. Students will gain a basic understanding of the structure and use of Adobe InDesign and its use as a publication tool. Students should be able to build, edit, and save documents that would successfully print commercially. We will also look at online publishing services.

Experimental Photography
To open the students to the concept of what is New. To get the students to expand their conceptual and technical skills into areas that are unfamiliar to them.

Business Principles
For students to gain a comprehensive understanding of how to run a fully successful photography business post graduation.

Personal Promotion

Portfolio Development

Samples of Student work:

1st Year show 2017


Binakaj MPA
Head of Photography & Imaging
A degree in Photojournalism, and a Master of Photographic Arts with PPOC (Professional Photographers of Canada), Lilo’s 36 years of photographic experience includes; photojournalism, fashion, events, commercial portraiture and fine art photography. He has received: •Photographer of the Year Finalist, PPOC-BC in 2012 & 2013 •Best in Photojournalistic Wedding category, PPOC-BC in 2009, 2012 & 2013 •Best in Industrial Photography, PPOC-BC in 2010 •Nikon Award of Excellence at PPABC convention in 2007 & 2008 •Kodak Gallery Award Winner in 2008, and many other awards at national and international competitions.