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Spring/Summer Photography Studies Intensive

The Photography Studies Intensive (CDFP 999) offers you the unique opportunity to learn the basics of photography and earn a Certificate in Photography Studies in an intensive 12-week program. This unique fast-track program covers all required production, technology, and studio courses.

The focus of the program is on production, and learners will have the opportunity to create a number of portfolios, discover their creative potential, and demonstrate their acquired skills and knowledge. You do not need to have any prior experience in photography. This program is designed to appeal to anyone who has an interest in photography as a hobby or profession, including 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 (subject to space and availability).

Note: The electives are set to complement production courses in the summer program. The selected courses provide a very strong basis in a variety of subjects that are fundamental to the photography process, and offer the student an excellent tool set for creative expression. If you want to take additional related courses, you may do so in other terms. Visit Photography Studies to see which electives and workshops are currently offered.

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If a student wishes to enrol in individual courses that are part of the Photography Studies Intensive (as opposed to the entire certificate program), see the individual course links listed below in ‘Certificate and Course Information’ for Spring/Summer scheduling options.

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Equipment and Facilities

The Photography Studies Intensive is located in the School of Image Arts, in the centre of the Ryerson University’s campus in downtown Toronto. Our facilities and equipment are current and provide an opportunity to learn proven professional skills with up-to-date technology, software, and techniques.

Please note that use of equipment and facilities outside of class time will not be provided. All work using equipment and facilities must take place during class time only.

Certificate and Course Information

The courses in the Photography Studies Intensive program include the following three required courses and five elective courses for the Certificate in Photography Studies:

  • CDFP 328 Photography: Photography Production I
  • CDFP 329 Photography: Photography Production II
  • CDFP 333 Photography: Photography and Digital Imaging
  • CDFP 382 Photography: Advanced Portrait Photography
  • CDFP 389 Photography: Studio Lighting I
  • CDFP 390 Photography: Studio Lighting II
  • CDFP 391 Photography: History of Photography I
  • CDFP 392 Photography: Documentary Photography

Ready to enrol?

Class size is limited. Visit Photography Studies Intensive (CDFP 999) for intensive dates, fees, and enrolment.

Note: For those interested in enrolling in individual components of the Photography Studies Intensive (as opposed to the entire certificate program), see the individual course links listed above for Spring/Summer scheduling options.

Tentative Schedule: Spring/Summer 2018

The planned course delivery schedule (subject to change) for the Photography Studies Intensive program is as follows:

Course CodeCourse TitleDatesTimes
CDFP 328Photography Production IMay 7–24, 20189:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
CDFP 333Photography and Digital ImagingMay 7–24, 20181:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
CDFP 329Photography Production IIMay 28–June 13, 20189:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
CDFP 391History of Photography IMay 28–June 13, 20181:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
CDFP 382Advanced Portrait PhotographyJune 18–July 5, 20189:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
CDFP 389Studio Lighting IJune 18–July 5, 20181:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
CDFP 392Documentary PhotographyJuly 9–25, 20189:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
CDFP 390Studio Lighting IIJuly 9–25, 20181:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Note: There will be no classes on May 21 (Victoria Day) and July 2, 2018 (Canada Day).


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Our Instructors

Our experienced and award-winning photography instructors are professionals currently working in the industry. Consult the Photography instructor biographies to learn more about our program’s expert leaders. With an enrolment limit of just 22 learners, our instructors are able to work closely with students, whether they require assistance learning the skills required, completing assignments, or achieving creative goals.

Useful Links

The following links will assist you in planning your spring/summer studies at The Chang School:

For More Information

For further information, consult our Photography Studies Intensive FAQ or contact Dennis Miles, Academic Coordinator.
Email: dmiles@ryerson.ca

For general information or to register, contact The Chang School.
Email: ce@ryerson.ca
Phone: 416.979.5035

Please note that the deadline for registering in this intensive program is April 19, 2019. You are strongly encouraged to register early. If you will be travelling from outside of Toronto to attend the program, please contact Ana Abreu at aabreu@ryerson.ca before making any travel or accommodation arrangements so that she may confirm the program status.