Photography Courses

Check out the comprehensive courses in our Photography Diploma program.

Advanced Digital Imaging (ADI)

Students will build upon skills learned in Digital Imaging as well as learn new tricks and methods. This course teaches students how to hone digital enhancement skills while introducing new techniques such as photo merging, High Dynamic Range (HDR) imagery, advanced photo resolution , and retouching techniques. Skills will be applied with challenging digital manipulation based assignments,

Business of Photography 1(BOP 1)

To make a living taking stunning photographs. You need more than photography skills – you must also have strong business skills. This course take students through the first stages if opening and/or running a business – creating a complete business plan. Students will learn the processes of marketing, Finance, and management as they pertain to a small photography business. Throughout the course, students will also have the opportunity to be exposed to several business professionals from within the community.

Business of Photography 2 (BOP 2)

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In this course, students will learn how to position themselves as photographers. Students will learn marketing and branding techniques and focus on creating their portfolios, business and mailer cards, and websites. Other topics will include: How to advertise, editorial submissions, working across borders, and use of a DVD portfolio.

Business Technology (BT)

In order to survive and prosper, businesses must take advantage of the most appropriate technology available. Students receive an introduction to various business technologies including word processing and spreadsheets. The medium to achieve this knowledge will be the Microsoft Office Suite. Building on a foundational understanding of Windows, as well as Internet browsers, students will learn the basic skills for Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Leveraging the interoperability of these applications will also be explored.

Contemporary Photography Awareness (CPA)

Students will study their contemporary masters, new up and coming photographers, as well as industry communities and organizations.

Digital Darkroom (DD)

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In today’s increasingly competitive market, photographers need to stand out with inspiring photographs. Digital Darkroom is designed to teach students the process of creating memorable photographs. This course shows students how to visualize the finished print from beginning to end, but still be flexible and spontaneous. It will also show students how to adapt their workflow to capture movement in every still image by always knowing how best to use the tools available.

Digital Imaging (DI)

This course presents digital image editing techniques as they relate to photographers. Students will be introduced to digital enhancement tools such as masks, selections, filters and channels. Topics and projects in Digital Imaging are intended to coincide with assignments from other Digital Photography courses.

Digital Photography Employability Skills 1,2 (DPE 1, 2)

In today’s marketplace technical skills and talent are not sufficient to find and keep high quality jobs. Employers desire candidates with a high level of employability skills that include personal management, communication, problem solving, positive attitudes and behaviors, adaptability and teamwork skills. Employability skills 1 and 2 provide a space to explore the realities of the work world through a variety of real world case studies, breadth, and depth training opportunities, and/or work/production projects where employability skills (covered in the Professional Development series of courses) can be practiced. Each term, the faculty will determine an appropriate focus for the courses that best serves the needs of the student cohorts or individual students, and local industry. Potential topics include specialized local industry needs overviews, guest speakers, case studies, or projects; interdisciplinary breadth and depth courses assigned per class or per individual need; class or individual development assignments and projects based on class or individual needs (as determined by the instructor or dept head or industry mentor); and work experience or simulated work experience projects and group projects.

Digital Photography Portfolio Production Workshop (DP PPW)

Portfolios show the world what you can do. Academic portfolios are the final demonstration of acquired learning and are a requirement for graduation at Centre Colleges. Portfolios are also one of the most important tools you have for initially getting noticed and landing an interview for a job or contract. This course provides the knowledge and tools required to complete a high quality academic and professional portfolio in multiple formats and media, e.g. print, Web, DVD, tape etc.

History of Photography (HP)

To know where we are going, we must know where we have been. Students will study photographic terminology, equipment, techniques and movements from invention to present. Case studies will be performed in many noteworthy photographers who worked along this timeline.

Introduction to Computer Graphics (ICG)

This foundation course provides a solid background in vector and bitmap graphics creation, translation skills, graphic file management, scanning, and format conversion necessary for every field of computer graphics. These applied skills get you underway in a variety of our core computer graphic applications which are used in ever-increasing levels of integration throughout the program.

Lighting for Stills 1 (LFS 1)

This course introduces the importance of light. Students will learn about various types of lighting instruments, both constant and strobe. Along with lighting terminology, students will learn the different qualities of light and how to control them.

Lighting for Stills 2 (LFS 2)

This course focuses on how to create the proper mood and tone with light in every situation: indoors, outdoors, on locations, and on sets.

Observing Light (OBL)

Students will study light – from the very nature of what light is, to how we harness and control light in order to produce successful and intriguing photographs.

Photographic Categories (PC)

In this course students are introduced to a wide range of photographic types: from fashion to sports, to film set stills and everything in between. This will open students’ minds to the many different employment and career options within the realm of photography.

Photography Design and Marketing (PDM)

This course begins with a study of concepts and skills in commercial art and graphic design using industry-standard illustration, digital publishing, and image editing applications. In today’s world, products need an edge to differentiate themselves from other products. This is done through brand identity. Students will learn all aspects of creating a brand experience from concept to application.

Principals of Photography 1 (POP 1)

The purpose of this course is to develop a basic understanding of photography principals. Knowledge learned from POP will become a very sturdy foundation to build upon. Students will become familiar with and understand: Functions of a camera, differences and similarities between film and digital, controlling exposure, composition/angle/framing, focal length, depth of field/focus, and basic colour theory.

Principals of Photography 2 (POP 2)

The focus of this course is to build upon the skills learned in Principals of Photography 1. Students will learn how to use all the features of their cameras as storytelling tools of the trade. This course is comprised of many increasingly creative and technical assignments, all of which enforce necessary photographic principals. Topics covered include, but are not limited to: grain/noise, quality/resolution/space, using histograms, details of color control, creating depth, juxtaposition, shooting sequences, and macro photography.

Professional Development 1 (PD 1)

PD 1 is the foundational class in the Professional Development series. It is designed to assist students to develop self-awareness by critically examining different aspects of their personalities. They will also be prompted to question their beliefs and behaviors in order to develop a clear sense of the influence they have on their own lives. Students will develop a vision for their future based on the insights they gain from the exercises in this class.

Professional Development 2 (PD 2)

PD 2 builds on the topic of self-awareness to focus on effective interpersonal skills. Students will examine their styles of communicating and they will be given an opportunity to build communication skills in a variety of class exercises. Students will also explore methods for dealing with conflict, setting boundaries, as well as giving and receiving feedback. Through the process of completing the final interview project, students will apply their communication skills and develop knowledge about the interview process.

Professional Development 3 (PD 3)

PD 3 is designed to build on the self-awareness and interpersonal skills to focus on self-mastery and leadership. Students will define what success means to them and then develop strategies for creating that success in their studies, their careers, and their personal lives. They will develop strategies for being an effective leader – both in their own lives and in leading others. Students will also explore the concept and issues related to work/life balance and will have the opportunity to develop and implement a variety of strategies that will assist them with achieving balanced academic and social supports.

Professional Development 4 (PD 4)

PD 4 is designed to build on the skills developed in earlier PD modules to develop professionalism. In this module students will learn the importance of ‘branding’ and corporate culture. Students will create a unique ‘brand’ statement and an effective resume. The final project in this course is a panel interview where students will have the opportunity to apply their professional skills in a formal interview setting. The interview will be filmed so that students can critique their performance and develop strategies for improvement.

Professional Photography (PP)

This course combines and applies knowledge from all previous lighting and photography courses. Students will complete creatively and technically challenging assignments. Assignments will be student-specific focusing on the area of photography in which the student plans to specialize. Post-

work for these assignments will correspond to topics covered in Advanced Digital Imaging and Digital Darkroom. Professional Photography will stress importance of technical accuracy, efficient workflow, creative and personal style, and display of the finished project. Students provide weekly progress updates and receive guidance, advice, and lessons relevant to their projects.

Social Media for Photographers (SMP)

Students will explore the professional application of multiple social media platforms and setup their own accounts while implementing best practices to start develop their personal and professional network.

daVinci constantly upgrades its programs due to ever-changing industry needs. Program content and courses are due to change without notice. Due to Provin­cial regulations, course offerings may differ per campus.


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