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Professional Photography

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

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Start Date:
2 Years
+Locations & Availability

September 2019
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

Program Overview

Gain the creative and technical skills to be a professional photographer working in a range of environments. Students 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 and 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 program is developing business skills. In the first year of the program, students have an opportunity to apply the entrepreneurial processes of running a photography-related enterprise that could potentially build the foundations for a real business.

Admission Requirements

Choose NSCC

  • You learn in an environment that provides photography studios and the latest technology and equipment. Facilities and equipment provide a real-world learning environment.
  • Learn from experienced instructors who have strong connections to the industry.
  • Small class sizes provide opportunity for one-on-one interaction and support.
  • Collaborative Experience – Students collaborate with peers and professionals in other 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.

Employment Opportunities

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

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.
  • You need a laptop and camera to take this program. View program fees for technical specs

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

Additional Graduation Requirements

Portfolio Development

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