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Learn about contemporary and historical photographic practices and technical aspects, and develop your conceptual abilities to create dynamic forms of expression in the worlds of analogue and digital.

Part of video installation "Fixing a Hole" by 2014 Medal Winner Aaron MacDonald


Approached as a fine-art medium within contemporary art practice, the Photography program emphasizes the develop­ment of your artistic vision, encouraging you to explore a broad range of issues and styles.

You are introduced to contemporary and historical photographic practices and technical aspects, such as camera, darkroom and digital techniques. As you progress, you develop your conceptual abilities to create dynamic forms of expression.

Students are encouraged to select electives in Fabrication Studios, Sculpture/Installation, Integrated Media, Criticism & Curatorial Practices, Printmaking as well as Drawing & Painting in order to pursue the ideas and skills that complement their use of the photographic medium.

At the upper-year levels, you have opportunities to gain real-world experience through a placement in the arts community or through an exhibition of your photographs.

In the fourth-year thesis program, you produce a major body of work supported by a research paper.

Photography graduates:

  • exhibit their work in artist-run and commercial galleries
  • work for magazines, print publications or image archives
  • find employment as art curators and gallery administrators.

At the 200 level, students are introduced to photographic concepts and processes, photographic history, as well as studio-seminars on contemporary issues. Processes investigated include black and white, colour, non-silver, experimental and digital photography.

At the 300 level, students progress from development to production as they work through a guided research process that results in a photographic body of work. Studio-seminars on current practices and thematically focused studio electives provide an opportunity to explore a variety of approaches.

At the 400 level, students can choose between the Thesis and the Directed Studio Option. The Thesis and Directed Studio Option will lead to a BFA in a program major.

Thesis Option

Students work with a thesis panel to research, produce and present a coherent body of work that is of professional exhibition quality. The artistic development process offers the students an opportunity to work comprehensively on their ideas and photographic skill, which enables them to contextualize their artwork within historical and contemporary issues.

Directed Studio Option

In the Directed Studio option, students pursue multiple projects and refine their technical skills and conceptual understanding of art in the context of assigned and elective course work, as outlined in the program guides. This option allows students greater breadth and flexibility in how they approach the final year of their studies.

For more information, go to the Program Guides page.