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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Honours Bachelor of Photography

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

(Oakville)

Master the practice of professional photography.

Program Overview

An industry-focused professional photography program

With its entrepreneurial focus, this program prepares you for a dynamic professional photography career in communications. You’ll create conceptually and visually compelling still and moving images, and explore photography’s potential in existing and emerging fields. Through your studies and a hands-on internship, you’ll be prepared for work in the expanding world of image-based storytelling.

Work with the latest photography technologies

Our equipment and facilities are unmatched in Canada, and among the best in the world. Our studios are outfitted with state-of-the-art DSLR, medium format digital and video cameras. Students also work with advanced strobe and LED studio/location lighting. Sheridan’s labs have advanced displays and printers, the full Adobe Creative Cloud software suite and Capture One Pro software.

Benefit from Sheridan's outstanding industry reputation

For over 50 years, Sheridan's Bachelor of Photography has maintained an outstanding reputation and close relationship with the industry. This translates into meaningful internship positions and opportunities for graduates. These relationships also yield regular guest lectures and portfolio reviews, as well as judging and curatorial involvement in our graduate exhibitions.

Additional information

Sheridan's Honours Bachelor of Photography program provides many opportunities for you to immerse yourself in image-based communications and creative visual problem solving. Through hands-on project work you will learn to manage problems and issues; research, collect, and evaluate ideas; synthesize and express concepts and communicate effectively with diverse audiences.

Throughout the program, you'll study the following areas:

  • Product advertising in studio and on location
  • Portraiture, fashion and food photography
  • Editorial and documentary photography
  • Architectural and industrial photography
  • Emerging photographic applications
  • Visual storytelling with still and moving images
  • Histories and theories of photography
  • Business of photography, including social media, branding and marketing

Equipment provided and additional costs

Students do not need to own camera equipment, as all project work in the curriculum is produced using equipment provided by Sheridan. Students are issued a full-frame DSLR camera kit for their exclusive use from September to the end of April for each of the first two years.

In years 3 and 4 they choose from a wide array of high-end digital video, DSLR and medium format digital cameras to produce projects. Students are also not required to own a laptop computer, as program computer labs are set up for post-production and academic work.

Additionally, the program features fully-equipped lighting studios and professional computer labs. A variety of accessories such as portable hard drives, Intuos Wacom tablets and other accessories required by the curriculum are given to students to keep.

Students also receive Adobe’s Creative Cloud software for home use for the length of their studies at Sheridan.

You should plan to spend $500 per year in supplies (e.g. printing and mounting costs; props for studio and location shoots).

Internship

The internship is a distinctive element of Sheridan’s photography program. This 420-hour placement is completed in the summer between years 3 and 4, locally or internationally, in one or more professional work settings. Students work with and learn from a variety of industry professionals, gaining valuable experience towards their photography career. Internship preparation and guidance is provided by Sheridan’s Career Centre.

Program length

This four-year photography degree program includes eight academic semesters and one 14-week internship at the end of Year 3. The program will provide the degree-level credential typical of photography internationally.

Location

Sheridan Honours Bachelor of Photography courses are held at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Degree Entrance Scholarship Available

Once you’ve applied for admission to this program, we’ll automatically consider you for this award.

International Student?

This program is part of our new two-year graduate certificate bundles! You may be able to qualify for a three-year post-grad work permit.

Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 19278Introduction to Studio3
    VDES 17900Digital Production 1: Image Processing3
    VDES 10229Photography Basic Design 13
    VDES 13314Conceptual Process 1: Photographic Expression3
    ENGL 1789GDComposition and Rhetoric (Mandatory Breadth Elective)3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 18406Studio Practice 1: Light and Form3
    VDES 24310Digital Production 2: Workflow3
    VDES 29353Photographic Language3
    VDES 23314Conceptual Process 2: Photographic Communication3
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 24995Studio Practice 2: Specialized Lighting 3
    VDES 18795Moving Image 13
    VDES 19120Studio Portraiture: Posing and Lighting3
    HIST 17545History of Photography3
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 37933Studio Practice 3: Product Illustration3
    VDES 27174Moving Image 23
    VDES 21254Studio Portraiture 2: Professional Applications3
    HIST 24857History of Advertising Photography3
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 32002Studio Practice 4: Fashion3
    VDES 39187Location Photography: Outdoors – Architecture and Products on Location3
    VDES 33775Documentary Photography3
    VDES 36084Photographic Theory3
     Breadth Elective3
    COWT 10023 Cooperative Education Internship Forum – Degrees  
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 38956Studio Practice 5: Product Advertising3
    VDES 36456Location Photography: Interiors and Corporate Architecture3
    BUSM 24198Photography Professional Business Practices 13
    VDES 39820 Advanced Practice Special Topics3
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15
    COWT 18888     Internship (Degree Programs)
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 44444Photographic Studies 13
    VDES 34361Photographic Narrative 13
    BUSM 33027Photography Professional Business Practices 23
    VDES 48249Electives – Master Classes – Emerging Trends3
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 43431Photographic Studies 23
    VDES 41280Photographic Narrative 23
    VDES 40123Photography Portfolio Project6
     Breadth Elective3
    Total:15

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)

plus

  • One Grade 11 or 12 Visual Arts credit at the (M) or Open level
  • Four other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
  • Minimum 65% overall average

or

  • Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with minimum 65% overall average

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses), and the results of their portfolio, letter of intent evaluation and participation in an information session. There is a portfolio assessment fee.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an Entrance Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Ministry Consent

Sheridan has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a seven-year term starting June 12, 2017 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario Colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Photography program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid, even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies, or other educational institutions).

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Sheridan’s Honours Bachelor of Photography program begin their photography careers as assistants or freelance photographers, and then work their way into full-time employment or operate their own studios.

Sample employment areas

  • Advertising photography
  • Corporate photography
  • Fashion and editorial photography
  • Image bank photo editing
  • Industrial and architectural photography
  • Magazine photo editing
  • Photojournalism
  • Public relations and event photography

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Degree Completion

Faculty: Faculty of Animation, Arts and Design

Program Code: PBAPP

Duration: 3 years (6 semesters)

Designation: Honours Bachelor's Degree

Campus: Trafalgar Road

Start Date: September

Program Information

The Honours Bachelor of Photography – Degree Completion program is designed for graduates of qualifying two-year Ontario photography diploma programs who are looking to further their education and develop the additional skills and knowledge required to graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Photography.

The Degree Completion program consists of 6 academic semesters, and a 14-week industry work placement (not required for students with documented, equivalent industry experience). Degree Completion students will be required to take 105 credits to complete the degree.

Admission Requirements

Completion of an Ontario College Diploma in:

  • Digital Photography and Imaging (MTCU Code 51830) or
  • Photography (MTCU Code 51831)
  • Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Photography (MTCU Code 71831)

The individual must have completed the program no earlier than 2005 and graduated with a GPA of 2.4 or better.

There is no portfolio requirement for applicants to the Honours Bachelor of Photography – Degree Completion program.

Core Courses

CODE TITLE CREDITS
Semester 1:    
VDES 24995 Studio Practice 2: Specialized Lighting 3
VDES 18795 Moving Image 1 3
VDES 10229 Photography Basic Design 1 3
HIST 17545 History of Photography 3
VDES 13314 Conceptual Process 1: Photographic Expression 3
ENGL 17889GD Composition and Rhetoric (Mandatory Breadth Elective) 3
     
Semester 2:    
VDES 37933 Studio Practice 3: Product Illustration 3
VDES 27174 Moving Image 2 3
VDES 21254 Studio Portraiture 2: Professional Applications 3
VDES 29353 Photographic Language 3
HIST 24857 History of Advertising Photography 3
VDES 23314 Conceptual Process 2: Photographic Communication 3
     
Semester 3:    
VDES 32002 Studio Practice 4: Fashion
3
VDES 39187

Location Photography: Outdoors - Architecture and
Products on Location

3
VDES 33775 Documentary Photography 3
VDES 36084 Photographic Theory 3
COWT 10023 Co-Operative Education Internship Forum-Degrees 0
  Breadth Elective 3
     
Semester 4    
VDES 38956 Studio Practice 5: Product Advertising 3
VDES 36456 Location Photography: Interiors and Corporate Portraiture 3
VDES 39820 Advanced Practice Special Topics  3
BUSM 24198 Photography Professional Business Practices 1 3
  Breadth Elective 3
  Breadth Elective 3
     
Semester 5    
VDES 44444 Photographic Studies 1 3
VDES 34361 Photographic Narrative 1 3
VDES 48249 Electives – Master Classes – Emerging Trends 3
BUSM 33027 Photography Professional Business Practices 2 3
  Breadth Elective 3

Breadth Elective 3
     
Semester 6    
VDES 43431 Photographic Studies 2 3
VDES 41280 Photographic Narrative 2 3
VDES 40123 Photography Portfolio Project 6

Breadth Elective 3
  Breadth Elective 3

Work Placement

CODE                TITLE                                                                                      CREDITS
COWT 18888 Internship (Degree Programs) – 14 weeks 0

Note: This takes place between semesters 6 and 7.

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Learning Outcomes

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  • Develop appropriate and innovative solutions, working within the dynamics of the target market, with consideration for the requirements of an employer or client.
  • Incorporate the knowledge of photography theories, principles and historical practices into the conceptualization and development of effective photographs.
  • Integrate the principles of photographic language and design as well as knowledge of contemporary visual culture, into the creation and evaluation of one’s own work (in traditional and emerging media) and into the assessment of the work of others.
  • Develop thematic bodies of photographic work that investigate and record the visual world and that explore and express ideas.
  • Create photographic images utilizing a variety of technologies and workflow processes (image capture, manipulation, output, and distribution) in alignment with conceptual/visual objectives.
  • Exhibit professional attitudes and behaviours, as well as effective leadership skills when working in multidisciplinary teams.
  • Develop a professional practice strategy, including career opportunities and business models that includes effective project management, ethical and legal behaviour and thoughtful networking among professional colleagues and clients.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Internship

This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the summer (May–August) between the 3rd and 4th year.

Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You'll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.

Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan's Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1,800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.

Learn more about Cooperative Education and Internships at Sheridan.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Program Summary

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Program Fees

Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.

Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

For Canadian Students

The fees shown here are for the 2021-2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website. For English Language Studies, depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

For International Students

The fees shown here are for Fall 2021, and are subject to change. The English Language Studies program is offered to international students in 7-week sessions. The fees displayed are for each 7-week session and include tuition and health insurance. Depending on your level placement, your program completion time may differ.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$10,238.97
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$26,227.97

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

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4 yrs (8 semesters)

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Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Duration

4 yrs (8 semesters)

Location

Trafalgar Road Campus

1430 Trafalgar Road,  Oakville


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Honours Baccalaureate Degree

Full-time 4 years Program code: PBAAP

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