Applied Photography - 031

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Enhance your skills in applied digital photography!

Whether you are looking to develop a career in photography or just learn a new hobby, the Applied Photography program will help develop and enhance your professional skills and knowledge of photographic techniques. Photography skills are valuable in both personal and professional settings and can be used in a variety of careers including professional photographer, journalist, graphic designer, fashion, real estate and more.

Combining illustrated lectures, field trips, and relevant 'hands-on' learning, this program will help you become familiar with a wide range of photographic equipment, business and design practices, and studio work. All levels of photographers are welcome.

Foundationally, this program shares the same core courses as the Art Photography program, however the electives offered in this program are geared towards commercial photography, such as Portraiture Photography, Advanced Digital Imaging/Photoshop, Commercial Photo Illustration and more.

The Applied Photography program is offered in a convenient, part-time schedule. You do not need to apply to begin this program, simply ensure you meet the admission requirements (listed on the Admissions & Registration tab).

View courses available this term under Program of Studies.

Interested in taking a single course? No problem. Provided you have the appropriate prerequisites, these courses can be taken individually or as part of the full program.

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Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative and Business

  • Successful completion of Secondary School English or equivalent.

You do not need to apply to begin this program. Start by ensuring you meet the admission requirements listed above and then register for the courses listed in the Program of Studies when they are offered.  Some courses have prerequisites, so please check the Program of Studies for details. Find out how to register for a course.

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Additional or Technical Recommendations

Cameras - Minimum Requirements:


  • DSLR
  • Aperture priority mode
  • Shutter priority mode
  • Program mode
  • Manual mode
  • Minimum 4 megapixels

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the current academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education -  Interdisciplinary, Media, Creative Arts and Business

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Achieve better results for your images and a clearer understanding of camera operation. You require a camera and the ability to provide images from CD/DVD or USB drive.
Credits: 2
Course description: Focus on the technical development of photography, its recognition as an art form, and its communication role in the modern world.
Credits: 2
Course description: Manipulate artificial light, flash/strobes, reflectors, posing and backgrounds for portraits and still life.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Building on techniques covered in Digital Photo 1, learn and experiment with new creative and technical concepts.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Import, develop, and present your photos using the industry-standard tool for managing photo libraries and image processing. You must have your own laptop w/up-to-date Lightroom CC. Windows or Mac experience required.
Credits: 2
Course description: Using Adobe Photoshop and a variety of photographs, explore the fundamentals of digital image manipulation to achieve various results. Supply portable hard drive, flash drives or cloud access for file storage.
Credits: 2

Select 2 from the next 8 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Augment your Applied and/or Art Photography Certificate and gain the practical and in-depth information you need to operate your own business or sell your photography/artwork.
Course description: A unique opportunity to work with a variety of fashion models and makeup artists in various settings. Hands-on course covers lighting, posing techniques, protocol, ongoing discussion/demonstration, image critique. DSLR and sound knowledge of camera operation required.
Credits: 2
Course description: Focus on all the aspects of photographing an event, be it a fundraiser, community event, golf tournament, bridal shower or family function. Discover the importance of the personality and interactions of the photographer with those in attendance at the event. Understand the photographer's required skills and preparation needed to successfully capture beautiful event images.
Credits: 2
Course description: Learn the tools you'll need to work with clients through a wedding photography experience. Focus on client interactions, engagement sessions, and overview of the wedding day from a photographic standpoint. Course includes live demo and hands on shoot with sample clients.
Credits: 2
Equivalents: PHTO10018 and PHTO10103
Course description: Using Adobe Photoshop and a variety of photographs, pick up where we left off in our studies with Adobe Photoshop Basic. Explore combinations of tool/menu/pallet features not covered in basic digital imaging course in order to manipulate to achieve both functional and interesting image results.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY110
Course description: Create images suitable for advertising and editorial venues. Intro to commercial photo fields of small product, food, architectural/industrial, fashion.
Credits: 2
Prerequisites: PHTOPY300 and PHTOPY225
Course description: Hands-on course covers studio techniques, location shoots, hand-held flash, lenses, composition, posing.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY225
Course description: This program involves students, supervisors and Mohawk College in a unique opportunity that integrates classroom theory and learning with pertinent practical hands-on experience in a work place. You are responsible for arranging your own work place location and supervisor. You MUST receive approval from the Program Manager Visual Arts/Photography for your chosen work place BEFORE registering in this course.
Credits: 2

Select 2 from the next 4 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Focus on client interviews, engagement portraits, wedding packages, pricing, contracts, etc. Studio and on location shoots. (weather permitting)
Credits: 1
Course description: Learn lighting/camera techniques and food preparation specific to food photography. Use available light/single studio light source. Hints/tips to achieve commercial results.
Credits: 1
Course description: Learn the tools to plan and photograph family session this fall. Course includes live demo and hands on shoot with sample clients.
Credits: 1
Course description: Focus on how to photograph seniors to best reflect their individuality and unique qualities by promoting positive images of aging. Through photography we will focus on how to showcase the abilities and unique attributes of each senior through photography.
Credits: 1
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Learning Outcomes

Develop/enhance professional skills and photographic techniques in fields of applied/art photography.

Career Opportunities

Industries of Employment:

  • Self-employed
  • Studios
  • Galleries
  • Wedding
  • Commercial
  • Media
  • Travel
  • Fashion
  • Real Estate
  • Forensics
  • Industrial
  • Recreation
  • Education
  • marketing

Occupational Categories:

  • Photographer
  • Artist
  • Journalism
  • Teacher

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition

You may apply for credit in individual courses based on learning acquired through work and other life experiences. Visit the Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition page for more information.