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Mohawk College Certificate

Take your digital art photography skills to the next level!

Whether you are looking to develop a career in photography or make personal photos more creative, the Art 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 artist, journalist, marketing, 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 Photography Applied program, however the electives offered in this program are geared towards creative photography, such as Landscape Photography, Nature Photography, Architectural Photography and more.

The Art 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).

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.

Program Contact
Continuing Education Media and Creative Arts
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) OR 19 years of age or older.
  • 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.

Additional or Technical Recommendations





  • 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 2019/20 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, Creative, Media and Business

Click on the Course number or Course title for more information on each course.

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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.
Course description: Focus on the technical development of photography, its recognition as an art form, and its communication role in the modern world.
Course description: Learn to manipulate natural and artificial light, flash, reflectors, posing and backgrounds for portraits and still life. You require camera, tripod, flash. Prerequisite: PY200 Photography 1or PY101 Digital Photography 1.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Intro to both new and advanced techniques allowing for creative and technical experimentation in different fields; you choose from macro, underwater, infrared and more.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101

Select 1 from the next 2 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: The industry-standard tool for managing photo libraries and image processing. Learn to import, develop and present your photos. You must have your own laptop w/LR 4( approx.$90) Windows or Mac experience required.
Course description: Using Adobe Photoshop and your own photographs, learn fundamentals of digital imagery. Supply photographs and CDR-W for file storage. Brantford students will work in a PC lab. Fennell student use Macintosh Computers.
Equivalents: INFO10149

Select 3 from the next 8 courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Gain in-depth knowledge of a professional photography business, with attention to fiscal organization, marketing and promotion, copyright, licensing, contracts, employee relations, legal issues and networking.
Equivalents: SBMGMD249
Course description: Student will focus on a wide range of knowledge and skills related to the art photo industry. Successful completion of two approved art photography courses meets the requirements of this option. See equivalent list for approved art photography courses.
Equivalents: PHTO10028 and PHTO10056 or PHTO10028 and PHTO10085 or PHTO10056 and PHTO10085
Course description: Explore the principles and techniques associated with architectural photography while learning to effectively capture exteriors and interiors through the use of composition, lighting, various lenses, and digital processing. Course includes two Saturday field trips. Prerequisite: PHTO PY101.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Photograph various subjects in their habitat: flowers, gardens, wildlife, insects, geological formations, etc. Two Saturday field trips.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Explore the styles, techniques, history, and the significance of urban landscape and documentary photography. These concepts help you to create truthful, and often candid photographs for an in-depth portfolio/project exploring a subject of personal interest. Prerequisite: PHTO PY101.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Through discussion and field work(2 weekend field trips), you engage in a general examination of landscape photographers and specific investigations of your personal viewpoint.
Prerequisites: PHTOPY101
Course description: Student will gain practical experience working in the photo industry...photographer's assistant, in a studio, commercial work, museum/art gallery, etc. Student must receive approval from Program Manager before registering in this course.
Course description: Explore advanced techniques of digital imaging using Adobe Photoshop. Provide photographs and computer storage media. Brantford students will work in a PC lab. Fennell students will work on Macintosh computers. Prerequisite: PY110 (Intro. To Digital Imaging)
Prerequisites: PHTOPY110

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

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.

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