Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Langara College’s two-year, full-time (four-term) Diploma in Professional Photography is unique in British Columbia. It combines the aesthetic and business aspects of photography with a solid technical background. The majority of the photographic assignments are based on ‘commercial’ as opposed to ‘fine art’ considerations. This orientation gives realistic preparation for the demanding requirements of the photographic industry, as employees and as entrepreneurs. Students receive instruction in both traditional and emerging electronic/digital imaging techniques.

Job Opportunities

Graduates of the Diploma in Professional Photography have found employment in almost every facet of the photographic/imaging industry. They are now in positions of leadership and many have opened their own photographic businesses. Immediately upon graduation, most graduates find employment as lab technicians, digital imagers, photographer’s assistants, or freelancers.

The photographic subjects cover such topics as advertising, architectural, commercial photography, copying, editorial, electronic imaging, and manipulation, fashion, industrial photography, lab work, photojournalism, portraiture, quality control, and scientific photography. These photographic subjects are complemented by a good foundation of business and communications fundamentals, including computer applications, necessary for operating or running a small business.

A considerable amount of time is spent doing practical assignments that are representative of those undertaken by photographer’s assistants and photography technicians. Emphasis is placed on learning to meet deadlines and other industry requirements. Due to the demanding workload of classes, labs, and homework assignments, a student should not contemplate employment as a means of financing studies while a term is underway.

While at school, students are encouraged to take an active part in conventions, meetings, and seminars sponsored by professional photographic organizations. Unique student awards and scholarships are available as a result of this participation.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 66

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
All of
MATH 1120 Mathematics for Professional Photography
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Many professional photographers choose to run their own independent business, so having an understanding of business principles and tools is essential. Building on mathematical principles, students explore the basics of payroll, merchandising, percent change, compound interest, annuity, mortgages, and loans. They also learn how to use spreadsheets to prepare tables and formulas for photo imaging work.

Prerequisite(s): MDT 60 or permission of the department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Note: Recent successful completion of Math 10 is strongly recommended.

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PHOT 1105 Technical Photography I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students build foundations of photographic knowledge through technical assignments that incorporate artistic expression to achieve images that meet professional standards using natural and artificial light.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHOT 1105 and 1118.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma of Professional Photography.

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PHOT 1110 Studio Lighting I
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 4.0

Students are introduced to lighting concepts by exploring the qualities of light and its interaction with a variety of subjects in the studio. Examining common lighting issues and their solutions enables students to produce compelling images.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHOT 1110 and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1105 (may be taken concurrently).

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 1120 Creativity and Ideation
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students develop creativity through idea generation, evaluation and implementation. While communicating with creative teams and individuals, students explore drawing, design and layout principles through a variety of assignments and examine styles and trends through analysis and critique.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma of Professional Photography.

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PHOT 1125 Digital Workflow
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A professional digital imaging workflow is the foundation of a photographer's skill set. Students control image post-production through software and hardware profiling while using common imaging formats and apply digital asset management concepts to build a library of images that can be easily accessed and manipulated and is resilient to equipment failure.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1105 (may be taken concurrently).

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 1190 Photographic Industry Topics I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Internal and external experts within the photographic community present a series of modules exploring current and relevant topics as program and industry demands. Modules may include site visits.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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TERM TWO

Courses Credits
One of
CMNS 1115 Interpersonal Communications
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Interpersonal communications theory put into practice in exercises, group and individual projects that cover small group dynamics, interviews, and oral presentations.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; IELTS 6.5 or equivalent; or Duolingo 110. Previously completed LET with a minimum score of 2 (or LPI equivalent) can also be used as a prerequisite.

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CMNS 1122 Communications for Creative Professionals
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Succeeding in the creative arts industries requires strong professional and interpersonal communication skills. Students prepare to be successful creative professionals by learning how to promote themselves and their work to potential clients, how to give meaningful feedback on others' work, and how to work effectively on a team. Students practice a variety of strategies for interpersonal, oral, and written communication, including conveying confident body language, demonstrating dynamic presentation skills, and using persuasive writing techniques.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110. Previously completed LET with a minimum score of 3 can also be used as a prerequisite.

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DSGN 1151 Communication Design I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course is a basic graphic design course that addresses good design applied in everyday print situations. The intent is to create an awareness of graphic design principles and processes to accomplish tasks such as the design of logos, business cards, self promotional materials, stationery packages, resume design, and simple ads. Basic knowledge of type classifications, letter and word spacing, strategies of layout, and creative thinking will all assist the novice designer to make good choices based on knowledge of sound design principles. Whether the student is entering a general arts area or a path focused on design, the skills gathered in this course, along with the accomplishments of projects assigned, will give the student a strong design foundation for a variety of computer software applications. With the importance of the computer in day-to-day information, skills to create visual communication (graphic design) are a necessity. This course encourages creative thought, visual communication vocabulary, layout skills, typography knowledge, and visual solutions as opposed to teaching software applications directly. All projects in this class can be hand-done or done using basic computer skills.

Students will receive credit for only one of DDSN 1151 and DSGN 1151.

Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Design Formation Program or the Professional Photography Program.

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PUBL 1100 Publishing Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 1.0

Students learn the basics of publishing in various formats and media. Through hands-on projects, they work with existing content and create new content, learn about publication planning and various forms of publishing media, and are introduced to common software used to create publications.

This course is open to all Langara College students. Students can bring their own images and text for their assignments or use material supplied by the instructor.

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BUSM 1901 Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Many graduates of creative arts programs will operate their own businesses. In this course, students examine the creative industries from the perspective of an entrepreneur wishing to start a business upon graduation. From developing a new audience and building a business plan to building and managing an effective marketing strategy, all facets of the business side of creative industries are covered.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diplomas in Design Formation, Fine Arts, Professional Photography, and Publishing, and the Certificate in Film Arts.

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PHOT 1205 Technical Photography II
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students further develop their understanding of the principles of photography, particularly how they relate to industry practices and acquire advanced skills with a variety of lighting systems. Studio and location assignments provide opportunities to demonstrate the theoretical and practical applications necessary for a strong working knowledge of photographic practices.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1105, 1110, and 1125.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 1210 Studio Lighting II
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 4.0

Students explore studio lighting concepts and techniques through studio portraiture and commercial studio photography. The applied nature of the coursework allows students to work through common portrait and commercial challenges to create compelling studio images. Through hands on experience with a variety of lighting equipment, including flash, students acquire the skills to create a diverse range of images.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1105, 1110, 1120, 1125 and 1205 (PHOT 1205 may be taken concurrently).

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 1225 Digital Imaging I
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Through a hands-on, assignment-driven experience in foundation imaging techniques used in a broad range of photographic applications, students learn the interface and tools of industry standard software. Topics include colour correction, selections, masks, sharpening, retouching and compositing.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHOT 1225 and 1248.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1105, 1110, and 1125.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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TERM THREE

Courses Credits
One of
AHIS 1212 Visual Culture II
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course examines themes encountered in visual culture with an emphasis on issues of power, politics, race, social class, and the body. The relationship between visual imagery and the social context in which it is created will be examined in order to foster critical interpretation.

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AHIS 1219 Through the Lens: A Critical History of Photography
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students will examine the history of photography from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to the present day. Students will explore through lecture and lab the aesthetic and technological developments of the medium from such early processes as the daguerreotype to contemporary digital approaches. Students will become familiar with historic and contemporary movements as well as analyzing critical issues around the development of the medium. Issues to examine will include the role of photography in the development of mass culture, the relationship of the medium to other art forms, the role of gender, race and class in photography as well as debates around censorship, pornography, copyrights and art vs. craft. Students registered in this course may also be interested in registering in PHOT 1150: History of Photography Lab.

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PHOT 1150 History of Photography Lab
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.538

Students apply theory from AHIS 1219 through hands-on, practical experience working with film and historical processes. Projects include capturing a still-life or portrait on film, processing it, and creating a silver gelatin print and creating a print using an enlarged digital negative and a historic process such as cyanotype, Van Dyke Brown, salted paper or platinum/palladium.

Corequisite(s): AHIS 1219.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 2305 Portrait Photography
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 5.0

Students apply portrait photography principles to three distinct genres: commercial photography through fashion and editorial portraits; personal photography for children, families and weddings; and fine art photography as portraiture via the human form. Studio and location demonstrations and peer critiques complement lectures.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1120, 1205, 1210 and 1225.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 2310 Commercial Photography
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 5.0

Students explore a variety of commercial photography genres: product photography, interior and exterior architecture, and food and beverage photography. Digital medium format and DSLR cameras, in conjunction with studio and location flash lighting, are used to capture high quality images. Students collaborate with students from other departments in the Creative Arts Division. Studio and location demonstrations and peer critiques complement lectures.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHOT 2310 and 2338.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1120, 1205, 1210, and 1225.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 2320 Documentary Photography
1

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Photojournalism and the art of storytelling are central to documentary photography. Students delve into topics relating to photojournalism including ethics, rules of photojournalists, point of view, pitching and planning ideas, getting paid, storytelling, shot lists, and genres of photojournalism.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade of CMNS 1115 or 1122; and in PHOT 1120, 1205, 1210, and 1225.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 2325 Digital Imaging II
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Through a range of applied projects, students develop and apply an editing workflow for photo shoots with a large number of images and explore advanced digital imaging techniques. Students examine the post-production techniques driving current trends in photography and use LAB Color Space to enhance image reproduction.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHOT 2325 and 2428.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1205, 1210 and 1225.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 2420 Small Business for Photographers
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Using small business fundamentals, students create a photographic business and apply sales and marketing skills to develop pricing and a marketing plan. Students learn techniques to establish a brand and build a professional network and explore the business risks and opportunities created by current industry issues.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in BUSM 1901 and MATH 1120.

Corequisite(s): PHOT 2305, 2310, and 2320.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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TERM FOUR

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BUSM 1902 Entrepreneurship for Creative Industries II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

In this capstone course, students create business plans for their own creative industries businesses. Working within provincial and municipal regulations and applying principles of project management, each student writes a comprehensive plan covering all major areas of the business including marketing, operations, and business finances. They also take the initial steps needed to start a business.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the following programs: Diploma in Design Formation, Diploma in Fine Arts, Diploma in Professional Photography, Diploma in Publishing, and Certificate in Film Arts.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in BUSM 1901.

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PHOT 2425 Digital Imaging III
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Through a range of applied projects, students develop advanced digital imaging skills and techniques. Using still and motion based capture, as well as rendered elements, students create composite images and motion-based still images by managing complex photo shoots. Students prepare created content for a variety of media.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 2305, 2310, and 2325.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 2440 Video for Photographers
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

The transition from creating still images to creating short videos and films poses a unique set of challenges for the experienced photographer. While lighting, composition, and camera control need only minor refinements, sound, editing, and controlling a timeline requires a new skill set and change in mindset. Using creative projects, students explore the possibilities of video for commercial use. Using DSLR-based equipment and software, still photographers capture motion and to create stills-based motion effects.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHOT 2348 and 2440.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1120, 1205, 1210, 2320, and 2325.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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PHOT 2475 Photographic Development
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 3.0 | Lab: 8.0

A photographer's portfolio is an essential tool in finding work in the photographic industry. With instructor guidance and access to equipment and studios, students design weekly assignments suitable for building a professional portfolio. Through peer-led critique of individual work, students collaborate to achieve creative and technical goals and, with mentorship, complete an assignment for Pacific Rim Magazine.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in all of the following: AHIS 1212 or 1219, DSGN 1151 or PUBL 1100, PHOT 2305, 2310, 2320, 2325, 2420, and 2425 (PHOT 2425 may be taken concurrently).

Corequisite(s): PHOT 2485.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography.

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PHOT 2485 Portfolio Development and Practicum
2

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 11.5 | Lab: 0.0

With the assistance of an instructor, student set up and complete 16 days of suitable industry field placement with two or more mentors. Using works created earlier in the program and in other courses, students display their work in a gallery show (part of the Langara Pop-Up Gallery) and establish an online presence. In addition, students develop an electronic or printed portfolio for review by industry members.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in all of the following: AHIS 1212 or 1219, PHOT 1150, 2305, 2310, 2320, 2325, and 2420.

Corequisite(s): BUSM 1902, PHOT 2425, 2475, and 2490.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography.

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PHOT 2490 Photographic Industry Topics II
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Internal and external experts within the photographic community present a series of modules exploring current and relevant topics as program and industry demands. Modules may include site visits.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in PHOT 1190.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Professional Photography Program.

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Program Option Notes:

  1. Supply and equipment costs, which must be purchased or rented by each student, are listed in the Cost of Study Tool.
  2. Be sure to check the prerequisites for the Arts and Science courses that are part of the program.
  3. In order to graduate, students need a minimum "C" grade in all courses used towards the Diploma in Professional Photography.