Photo by Martin Szabo (alum)
For certification, students must successfully complete nineteen courses, comprising of ten required courses and nine electives (see below). For students who began the program prior to 2013, the requirement remains sixteen courses.For students that began the program between 2013 and 2017 the requirement is 18 courses. Upon completion, students must then contact Program Coordinator Jim Balderston to schedule a meeting to discuss the final stage of certification, which is the submission of a printed portfolio of photographs, indicative of the student's chosen photographic genre (wedding, street, advertising, fine art, etc). Students then have up to two years to complete the portfolio, during which time they have access to facilities and equipment (on-campus only), guidance from the coordinator, as well as Alumni privileges, meaning they can take our program courses for free.
Students entering basic level courses in this program do not need any previous training or experience in photography. Students must have their own DSLR camera or 35 mm film camera and a sturdy tripod. An assortment of lenses is not necessary but is an advantage.
Students with previous training or experience may challenge courses at the discretion of the Program Coordinator (approval through a portfolio showing is required). Students who successfully challenge some of the required courses must still complete19 courses in total.
Langara’s facilities include: three fully-equipped studios, three well-equipped Mac labs, two Hasselblad H3D medium format cameras, and several professional Epson printers, fully-equipped colour and black and white darkrooms, a colour dry-to-dry print processor, a large wet processing area, a print finishing and mounting room.
We will always try to provide reasonable technical support with any camera in class, it is essential that you have a good working knowledge of your camera. As well, some cameras, such as mirrorless cameras don’t provide all of the features found on most Canon or Nikon DSLRs. We recommend that you have a DSLR camera to take full advantage of all of the techniques that are taught in the Langara Certificate Program.