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Photography and Digital Imaging

Please note: There will be no first-year student intake in September 2018.

This program covers everything from photography basics in lighting, exposure and composition to capturing video, mastering Photoshop™ and professional portfolio design. You’ll have access to two on-site studios and a digital lab, where you may work with aspiring models, capture product and still life compositions, or gain insight into the profession from guest professional photographers. Our small classes ensure you have one-to-one guidance from instructors, and field excursions provide an opportunity to photograph some of the most iconic locations on Prince Edward Island! A major emphasis is also placed on your success in the business of photography.

  • Small class sizes provide plenty of one on one instruction time
  • Classroom environment includes two photography studios and a digital lab featuring the latest technology and equipment
  • Multiple field trips are organized each year which allow students to photograph iconic and picturesque locations around Prince Edward Island
  • Professional guest photographers are frequently brought in to provide alternate points of view and unique insights into the profession
  • An opportunity for “On The Job Training” during the final semester offers real-world training and valuable experience
  • A partnership with Essence Model Management allows for students to collaborate with creative and knowledgeable aspiring models

Our program area still maintains a fully equipped traditional black & white darkroom. This old-school lab is available to students at all times but mainly used as an introduction to basic photo concepts and during the Black & White Darkroom course in the first semester. A wide selection of 35mm cameras is available to borrow throughout the year!

Portfolio Requirements

Students applying to the Photography and Digital Imaging program must submit a portfolio or collection of images that exemplify the following two key concepts:

  1. Dedication – Images that show a history of interest and personal study in photography over a period of time. These examples may be from school or other related courses, but at least four images should have been generated on your personal initiative.
  1. Exploration – Images that demonstrate that you have researched and practiced at least seven of the major photographic themes, such as landscape, nature detail, candid/formal portraiture, wedding, family, baby/maternity, animal, still life, product, abstract, figure study, sports, news events, astronomy and architecture.
  • Your portfolio should include a total of 14 to 24 images in accordance with the two descriptions above
  • Submissions can be in the form of a website or any other type of online gallery
  • Online submissions should be well organized and easy to navigate for accurate assessment purposes
  • Please use wetransfer.com to send individual files rather than direct email, as attachments may be too large for successful delivery
  • Portfolios can also be submitted on a flash drive or in print form (minimum 5” X 7” prints assembled in a folio or album of good quality)
  • You can supplement your portfolio with links to other online sources such as Facebook albums, Flickr, Instagram, etc.
  • All online materials, links and electronic submissions should be emailed directly to jduchesne@hollandcollege.com
  • In all cases, a reply will be sent as confirmation of receipt

Note: Portfolio will only be kept by the Admissions Department for one year.

Please note: Flash drives and print portfolios must be delivered to the address below, and will only be kept by the Admissions Office for one year. Send your portfolio to:
Holland College, Admissions Office
Photography Portfolio Submission
140 Weymouth Street
Charlottetown, PE, Canada C1A 4Z1


The Photography & Digital Imaging program requests that all enrolled students supply a Canon DSLR camera body with a at least a basic quality normal zoom lens. Please refer to the Camera Requirements link below for more information and do not hesitate to contact the Photography & Digital Imaging program instructors directly if further information is required.

Program Facts

Start Date: September
Length: 2 years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Photographer
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Submission of a portfolio of photography work
  • Completion of a questionnaire
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

Graduate Opportunities

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Portrait and wedding photography
  • Editorial, commercial or industrial photography
  • Assistant photographer
  • Digital Lab Technician
  • Photoshop™ Technician

The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 5221.

Fundamental Arts program

If you’re creative but not ready to take this program, you may want to consider the Fundamental Arts program, which helps students build the knowledge and skills necessary for post-secondary studies in the Graphic Design, Photography and Digital Imaging or Video Game Art and Animation programs. Build your portfolio and your confidence in this one year certificate program. Find out more here.

Open Academic Studies program

Feeling like you’re not quite ready for college? Check out the Open Academic Studies program.

Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Photography and Digital Imaging program, contact:

Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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