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Professional Photography

Develop your creative, technical and business skills to produce professional photographic images for your clients.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


Get the creative and technical skills to be a professional photographer. You'll learn how to shoot still and moving images across a variety of subject areas, apply creative problem-solving skills to find unique solutions and develop the communication skills necessary to cultivate professional, sustainable relationships with clients and across other creative disciplines.

The photography industry is ever-changing. This program prepares you to shoot for a variety of formats, including print, video and those compatible for the web and social media platforms.

A key component of the curriculum is developing business skills. You apply the entrepreneurial processes of running a photography-related enterprise throughout the program.

Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • A portfolio is a significant factor in determining your admission into the program. For detailed information on what your portfolio needs to include, see the Professional Photography Portfolio Requirements (PDF 155KB). Drop your portfolio off at any campus and it will be delivered to the Admissions Office for you.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • Many organizations, including advertising agencies, public relations firms and other businesses hire photographers for product shots, company reports, sales materials and a myriad of other visual needs. Your most likely career as a professional photographer is as a self-employed, independent entrepreneur.

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in a real-world environment that provides the latest technology and equipment.
  • You learn from experienced instructors who have strong connections to the industry.
  • Small class sizes provide opportunity for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • You collaborate with peers and professionals in related programs, including Graphic Design, Music Arts and Graphic & Print Production.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more

Other info

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
BART 1075   Business Communications for Photographers
BART 1080   Studio Management and Practice
BART 1300   The Language of Critique
BART 2035   Professional Portfolio Production I
BART 2075   Entrepreneurial Fundamentals
BART 2080   Social Media for Marketing and Promotion
BART 3075   Entrepreneurship Project
BART 3080   Essential Skills for a Small Business
BART 4035   Professional Portfolio Production II
BART 4075   Commercial Ventures in the Creative Industries
PHOT 2040   Emerging Technologies
PPHO 1000   Professional Practice I
PPHO 1100   Photographic Inquiry I
PPHO 1200   History of Photography
PPHO 2000   Professional Practice II
PPHO 2020   Videography
PPHO 2100   Photographic Inquiry II
PPHO 2500   Work Experience
PPHO 3000   Professional Practice III
PPHO 3020   Video Techniques for Photographers
PPHO 3030   Design
PPHO 3100   Photographic Inquiry III
PPHO 4000   Professional Practice IV
PPHO 4020   Video Post-Production for Photographers
PPHO 4100   Photographic Inquiry IV
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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