Photography Essentials

Program: PHTE
Credential: Recognition of Achievement
Delivery: Part-time
Duration: Minimum 81 Hours (course hours vary)
Effective: 2023-24
Location: Barrie, South Georgian Bay


This program is designed for serious amateur photographers and those seeking employment where basic photography skills are an asset. Students are introduced to digital cameras and industry standard software used to capture and manipulate images, in a way that develops students’ interest, technical skills and creativity.

Career Opportunities

Graduates can pursue entry-level opportunities in positions and industries where basic photography skills are an asset, including photography assistants, studio assistants, digital processing labs, retail or the freelance market.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. capture images using appropriate equipment and techniques;
  2. use design elements and lighting techniques to produce images that communicate effectively;
  3. edit and organize images using industry-standard software.

Admission Requirements

  • No formal requirements.

Additional Information

It is strongly recommended that students complete or begin to complete PHTO 0025 Digital Camera Techniques, or have a firm understanding of their cameras’ technical capabilities, before taking other courses. Students are required to use their personal camera.

Graduation Requirements

2 Program Courses
4 Program Option Courses

Graduation Eligibility

Students must successfully complete all required courses as noted below. Further details, if applicable, are noted under "Additional Information" above.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Program CoursesHours
Note: Students may enter the program in any term.
PHTO 0025 Digital Camera Techniques (Micro-Credential) 36
PHTO 0045 Photoshop for Photographers (Micro-credential) 18
Program Option Courses
Select 4 courses from the program options listed below during registration. (Course hours vary, minimum total option course hours appear here.) 27
 Total Hours81
Program option courses may include:
PHTO 0010Creative Photography
PHTO 0012Glamour Photography
PHTO 0013Studio Lighting Basics
PHTO 0014Studio Lighting Part 2
PHTO 0020Wedding Photography
PHTO 0053Photography: Sports and Action
PHTO 0054Photography: Nature and Landscape (Micro-credential)
PHTO 0059Photography: Starting a Small Business (Micro-credential)
PHTO 0061The Sensual Portrait
PHTO 0063Macro Photography
PHTO 0064DSLR Video 101 for Photographers
PHTO 0065Adobe Lightroom
PHTO 0066Portraiture (Micro-credential)
PHTO 0067Commercial Photography
PHTO 0068Photoshop for Photographers - Advanced
PHTO 0069
PHTO 0070Nature Photography Advanced

Graduation Window

Students registered in part-time studies programs must maintain continuous registration in order to complete the program according to the curriculum in place at the time they were admitted. Students who do not remain continuously registered must be readmitted to the program and follow the new curriculum.

Disclaimer: The information in this document 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. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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