SPAO is a not-for-profit career college and a registered charity. We rely on community support to fund our facilities, supplies, and aid students' artistic production. Your financial support will allow us to continue with our programmings in both the full-time program and the part-time studies stream. Thank you for your purchase!


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SPAO is an independent, not-for-profit photographic visual arts school and a registered private career college. Our mandate is to provide an intensive and collaborative learning experience and to enrich the photographic and visual arts culture of Ottawa and beyond. SPAO’s activities include community collaborations, classes and workshops, exhibitions and outreach. We aim to offer our students the knowledge, resources, and environment necessary for the advancement of their photographic artistry, visual literacy, and personal vision.

In our full-time diploma program and our part-time studies stream, SPAO draws on traditional and contemporary photographic technologies and ideas. Educational opportunities are available to novice and advanced students alike. We place special emphasis on advancing individual style, on conceptual development, and on the acquisition of knowledge about photographic theory and history.

Our objective is to advance the school’s motto: VISION, CONTENT, and CRAFT.