Photo Arts

The Photo Arts program will help you develop basic to intermediate skills in the photo arts, focusing on primarily black and white darkroom arts photography.


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

Using an understanding of the great photography masters, technical developments, and theories from photographic history,  you will assess the impact of social and political issues as they shape the creative process and thematic developments. Historical photo processes, mixed media images, creative presentation, and the effects of light will be explored. Quality studio and darkroom time during the Photo Arts program will assist you in the development of creating a solid foundation portfolio.

Students will need a digital camera and an SLR camera for this program.

This 15-week program is delivered in an intensive format, and is the equivalent to two semesters of full-time studies.

Success Stories

"The Photo Arts program really inspired me artistically and gave my photography career direction. I would not be making, showing and selling my unique work were it not for the Haliburton School of  The Arts and its faculty. The staff have been wonderful advocates for myself as an artist, even after my graduation from the program."

Corin Ford Forrester

Why Choose Fleming

This program is delivered at Fleming College’s Haliburton Campus, located in central Ontario's spectacular Haliburton Highlands region and home to the Haliburton School of The Arts, renowned for outstanding arts programming. Designed for visual artists, the contemporary architecture maximizes natural light in the studios, classrooms and common areas. It's the perfect environment to flourish as an artist.

Fleming students have unique and flexible options for earning their diploma in the visual arts. Once students have completed their certificate, they can continue their education by enrolling in two more semesters of study to complete their Visual and Creative Arts diploma.  Students can continue their arts education through transfer agreements with Emily Carr University of Art and Design and OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design).

The certificate programs are delivered in an intensive format in which two semesters of credits can be completed in only 15 weeks. Each certificate course comprises 32.5 hours of in-class instruction with an additional 15 hours of technician - guided, independent studio time. Faculty members are not only professional artists and designers, but also dedicated teachers who are intent upon the development of your technical skills, creative thinking, and artistic integrity. The 40-year history of the Haliburton School of The Arts is proof of the passion and focus of its faculty, administration, and support staff, whose collaboration provides an environment rich in potential for studies in the arts.

Is this You?

  • Open minded
  • Interest in exploring photography as a means of artistic expression
  • Ongoing exploration of  your own creativity
  • Willingness to learn from others
  • Manual dexterity
  • Ability to commit to intensive format

Career Opportunities

  • You have started a life-long learning experience in the discipline of photography  with endless options in your pursuit of a career in this field.
  • This program will appeal to the serious student who is seeking to build an excellent foundation portfolio of work before pursuing further studies, to apply their learning to another medium, or to explore apprenticeship, freelance, or teaching career options.

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 $350 for textbooks and equipment in addition to the material fee included in the tuition.


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