Digital Photography and Imaging

Program: DPAI
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


The 2-Year Digital Photography and Imaging program provides students with both the technical and visual communication skills required for a variety of careers related to photography and imaging. The three main areas that the program focuses on are digital capture, imaging technologies, and entrepreneurial skills. Students use industry standard hardware and software to capture and manipulate images in a way that demonstrates their skill and creativity. Students learn how to integrate digital imaging techniques with the fundamentals of photography in order to create images that communicate effectively and meet the needs of a client. Furthermore, students develop business and career development skills that are relevant to the digital photography and imaging industries.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are employable as photographers, assistants and retouchers in studios, labs, and media production. They will have technical and entrepreneurial skills needed to work in photojournalism, weddings, portraits, public relations, commercial photography, and digital imaging. Industry areas requiring skills in digital photography and imaging include advertising, graphic design, fine art, government, hospitals, police, libraries, museums, and galleries. Business and technical skills will also provide graduates a variety of opportunities in the photo wholesale and retail sales sector.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • capture professional quality images using the appropriate equipment and techniques;
  • utilize design elements and lighting techniques to capture images that communicate effectively;
  • create and edit well-designed and technically sound digital images using industry standard software;
  • finish and distribute images in a format that meets the needs of the client;
  • critically evaluate the effectiveness of images in written and verbal format;
  • develop a portfolio that demonstrates creative and professional skills and abilities in digital image capture and editing;
  • communicate effectively with clients and suppliers to provide high quality services;
  • participate in ongoing professional development and adhere to ethical and industry standards;
  • develop a business plan for the establishment and operation of a photographic services company;
  • produce a marketing plan for a new and an established photographic services company;
  • produce professional quality business cards, flyers and other promotional material for a photographic services company;
  • perform colour calibration as it applies to Digital Imaging and Illustration;
  • create a document outlining basic contract law and rights as they pertain to selling images for publication;
  • produce an outline for digital workflow including cataloguing, archival and backup strategies for images and prints;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

19 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
PHOT 1000Photography 1: Camera Techniques
PHOT 1001Visual Concepts
PHOT 1002Photo 2 - Lighting Techniques
PHOT 1003Trends and Issues in Photography
PHOT 1008Imaging 1 - Fundamentals
PHOT 1009Imaging 2 - Retouching Techniques
PHOT 1010Introduction to Studio
PHOT 1011History of Photography
PHOT 1012Multimedia
PHOT 1013Creative Techniques
PHOT 2001Photography 3: Creative Lighting
PHOT 2002Portfolio Development 1: Digital Photography and Imaging
PHOT 2004Aesthetics and Criticism
PHOT 2005Portfolio Development 2: Digital Photography and Imaging
PHOT 2006Photography 4: Professional Lighting Practice
PHOT 2009Imaging 3 - Compositing
PHOT 2010Imaging 4 - Advanced Image Creation
PHOT 2011Photographic Self-Promotion
PHOT 2012Photographic Business Practices
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.