PHOTOGRAPHIC ARTS and PRODUCTION

THE FULL-TIME DIPLOMA PROGRAM

Photograph by SPAO Diploma Graduate Melissa Andrews

Photograph by SPAO Diploma Graduate Melissa Andrews

SPAO’s two-year diploma program Photographic Arts and Production offers a unique opportunity to cultivate individual vision and craft, acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, and develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history.

The only program of its kind in Canada, SPAO's Photographic Arts and Production offers students an intensive, community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. Educated and evaluated in large part through their performance, students develop and present portfolios and signature pieces and present these works in the school's exhibition spaces. Teaching and learning take place in a workshop environment designed to support the school’s motto: Vision, Content, Craft.

Instruction is geared to various levels of experience and class sizes are small, providing students with ample one-on-one attention and personalized learning. Photographic Arts and Production courses (grouped into "modules") run from September to April. Students should expect an average of 20 hours per week in the classroom and an additional 20 hours of work outside the classroom.

Integrated learning topics include photographic theory, photographic history and ideas, studio and lighting techniques, printmaking techniques, digital techniques, and portfolio design and production. Students learn through lectures and practicums, critiques and advisory sessions, and continuous engagements with professional photographers, curators, gallerists, academics, and critics. Graduates of the program emerge fully prepared to become practitioners in the photographic arts.

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HOW TO APPLY
Admission is limited and primarily based on interviews. 
Click here to view and submit the 2016-17 application form.

For more information, call 613-562-3824 or e-mail admin@spao.ca.


DIPLOMA PROGRAM MODULES

Each module includes theory, technical, and practical learning components

Photograph by 2014-15 SPAO student Genevieve Labbe

Photograph by 2014-15 SPAO student Genevieve Labbe