Photo Arts

Explore image creation techniques and photography in the studio and darkroom. 


Fall 2016
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: PHA
Location: Haliburton
Contact: Jennifer Bain Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: September 06, 2016
Tuition Fees (Domestic): $4,372.92 program duration*
Tuition Fees (International): $14,097.35 program duration*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

You will be working with traditional and historical darkroom processes alongside professional photographers in the only college level analogue photography program available in Ontario. We bring together renowned artistic and commercial photographers to teach you the creative processes that founded the art form. You will understand the fundamentals of traditional photographic image creation while you experiment with a variety of unique historical processes and today’s digital techniques. Discover how Cyanotype, Ambrotype and Van Dyke prints in combination with lighting effects and mixed-media images create compelling visual statements. Our studio courses, contemporary art photo theory courses and business course will prepare you to progress with your own photography practice or continue with your postsecondary studies.
You’ll work in a fully-equipped black and white darkroom with professional-grade enlarging equipment and accessories such as negative carriers, easels and numerous lenses and filters. The studio features a variety of darkroom chemistry and equipment for developing black and white negatives. Create innovative photo shoots using a large selection of lighting equipment available in the dedicated space.
Equivalent to two semesters of full-time study, our intensive 15-week certificate programs provide over 600 hours of hands-on studio time.  Each week you will work alongside a different faculty member who brings their unique perspective and expertise within the discipline to the studio.  Limited enrolment ensures you have access to equipment and time to interact with faculty.  You will also benefit from the guidance of experienced studio technicians and extended hours in the studio after class. 

Why Choose Fleming

Our school is a leader in providing unique and flexible art and design education. Learn from professionals who have shaped art, craft and design in Canada at a campus that provides the best possible hands-on studio experience. Create in a spectacular natural environment, supported by dedicated faculty and a welcoming community of resident artists and designers. Graduate with a solid portfolio to take you to the next step in your art career – whether that is continuing education, starting your own practice or entering the workforce. 

Career Opportunities

Graduates establish their own photo studio businesses and work as freelance photographers and studio assistants. Many continue their education with advanced and specialized post-secondary studies.

Graduate Profile

“One of the best things about coming to this school is the learning environment and the pace at which you learn. Each week is a complete course and you are able to focus on what’s important; you learn from new faculty almost every week, and a lot of great work gets done with this kind of structure – there’s no time to get bored!”
- Lauren Ogilvie, Photo Arts graduate.

Minimum Admission Requirements

OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:

  • 2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12) 

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.

Related Programs

This 15-week certificate can be applied to both the Visual and Creative Arts Diploma and the Integrated Design Diploma - Specialist Options.

Additional Costs

There will be an additional expense of approximately $950 for photographic equipment and supplies, in addition to the material fee included in the tuition.

Pathways to Further Education

Students who graduate from an art certificate program can earn their Visual and Creative Arts diploma (VCAD) or their Integrated Design diploma with just two more semesters of study. 

Visual and Creative Arts diploma graduates have the opportunity to pursue more advanced studies through our many articulation agreements with leading art education institutions across Canada and in the United States. Complete details can be found here.


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