Photograph by Katy Lopez (from the series Refugees)

autumn offerings


We have everything from Digital Photography I: Foundation to Advanced Darkroom. Looking to embrace your creative self? Check out new workshops like Everything Macro, or old classics like The Art of Digital Printmaking.






detail of image by Christine Fitzgerald.




The time has come for The School of The Photographic Arts: Ottawa’s 9th annual A+ Exhibition.
This is the ninth annual contest and exhibition of selected images from SPAO’s continuing education community. Every year, we invite students who have ever been enrolled in a part-time course of workshop to enter a maximum of five works. This year, we had three categories for entry: Silver Gelatin/Alternative Processes, Digital Print, and for the first time, Photo Book! 

Join us to celebrate the photographic work of our part-time students.

Exhibition Dates: July 8th to August 13th, 2016
Opening and Awards Ceremony: Friday July 8th
, 6-9 p.m. 

The 2016 Jury:
Joanne Rycaj Guillemette
Curator and Photography Archivist, Library and Archives Canada

Christian Lalonde
Head of Commercial Photography, PhotoluxStudio

Stephanie Germano
Manager and Exhibitions Programmer, Art Rental and Sales, Ottawa Art Gallery




CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION, Including the 2016 winners!


Photograph by SPAO Diploma Student: Christian Villemaire

Photograph by SPAO Diploma Student: Christian Villemaire

diploma program

Now accepting applications for the SPAO Diploma Program

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.







We are ready for the heat this summer with some fresh new classes!  

We have everything from the Night Sky to Photo Safaris to help you embrace your creative self outside the studio.  Have a young artist looking to explore photography?  We have three new Youth Camps for students as young as 8 years all the way up to age 18







School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa • 168 Dalhousie Street Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1N 7C4 (613) 562-3824