Photography has become an important medium of communication in industry, sales
and advertising, government, education, the press, and the arts; consequently,
there has been a rise in the demand for properly trained and qualified personnel
to work in these fields. This certificate program addresses these needs by offering
a basic professional program of study in photography for those who wish to upgrade
their present level of expertise, retrain or make a career change, establish
their own business, improve opportunities for advancement or job placement in
photography-related fields, or prepare for entrance into the degree program
at an advanced level.
The courses in the certificate program are usually equivalent to one-half or
one-quarter of similar courses in the undergraduate degree program. In some
cases full credit for an undergraduate degree course may be granted by completing
specific certificate courses (see course descriptions). Transfer Credit students will not be considered unless they have already taken the Image History, Image Theory, and Visual Studies courses.
For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/photography.
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Students not wishing to complete the Certificate in Photography Studies may
take individual courses from the certificate program for general interest.
It is recommended that applicants have the following:
OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English), with
a minimum average of 60 percent, or equivalent, or mature student status with
relevant professional experience.
Mature students may be eligible on the basis of work experience in a relevant
field. Applicants possessing higher qualifications will be considered for advanced
standing on individual merits.
Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.
Program Open House
Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like
to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times,
The successful completion of eight single-term courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.
Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or
courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register
in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also
Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.
Requirements for Graduation
To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.
Please note that equipment and facilities use outside of class time will not be provided. Extra time may be purchased.
Photography Production I
Photography Production II
History of Photography I
Electives (select five)
Photography for Ad Agencies
Photography and Digital Imaging
Photography and the Web
Photoshop for Photographers
20th Century Photography
Advanced Fashion Photography
Advanced Portrait Photography
Studio Lighting I
Studio Lighting II
History of Photography II
Creative Wedding Photography
Studio Lighting III
Advanced Studio Lighting
Media Business Studies
The Human Figure
Historical Processes Workshops
An intensive, 12-week program
Students now have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate in Photography Studies over 12 intensive, 5-day weeks. This unique fast-track program covers all required production, technology, and studio courses.
Photography Studies Intensive