The Diploma in Photography emphasizes the exciting range of digital photographic technologies in state-of-the-art facilities. You will learn to use natural and artificial lighting, image manipulation techniques and relevant software and develop your technical and aesthetic photographic skills, providing the foundation for truly creative and individual imagery.

Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection you will engage in creative problem solving and experimentation. You learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, art history, drawing, 2D/3D dimensional design. Assignments are designed to help you create portfolios that celebrate the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your photographic career.

Photography is a 2-year, laptop based diploma program, achieved in 4 semesters of study, September to April and reinforces studio skills, creative exploration and professional standards.

Laptop Program

Students in the Digital Media, Graphic Design and Photography Diploma Programs are required to purchase their own laptops. The students should meet with the Program’s Coordinating Instructor to discuss what kind of laptop they will need and the computer specifications to meet program requirements.

Interested in finding out more?
Contact the Registrar’s Office, toll free at 1-877-400-1107 or

Areas of Study
  • Photographic History: Film, Darkroom Techniques and Alternative Processes
  • Natural and Artificial Lighting in the Studio and on Location
  • Digital Single-Lens Reflex Camera for Still Images and Video
  • Digital Post-Production: Workflow, Image Enhancement, Manipulation and Printing
  • Creative Processes for Photography
  • Professional/Artistic Portfolios for Photographers
Course List

Fall 1

  • PHOT 2904 Photographic Digital Imaging
  • PHOT 2902 Lighting: Available Light & On-Camera Flash Techniques
  • PHOT 2911 Photoshop: Tools and Techniques
  • PHOT 2901 Film and Darkroom Techniques
  • PHOT 2903 Creativity in Photography
  • HIST 2901 Photo History
  • COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists

Winter 1

  • PHOT 2910 Managing Post-Production
  • PHOT 2906 Lighting: Professional Studio
  • PHOT 2907 Photoshop: Professional Techniques
  • PHOT 2908 Re-Presenting Ideas
  • PHOT 2909 Professional Practice
  • HIST 2902 Photographic History: People

Choose one of the following two:

  • DSGN 2903 Design Concepts
  • DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
  • TXDN 2915 Designing for Felt

Fall 2

  • PHOT 3181 Advanced Digital Projects
  • PHOT 3900 Lighting: Advanced Studio and Location
  • PHOT 3902 Photoshop: Specialized Techniques
  • PHOT 3901 Digital Output: Print/Web/Book
  • DRAW 2904 Drawing: Time and Narrative
  • ENTR 3915 Preparing for Professional Life – Photography

Winter 2

  • PHOT 3185 Portfolio Development
  • PHOT 3903 Photography Seminar: Research and Techniques
  • PHOT 3904 Photoshop: Advanced Techniques
  • PHOT 3186 Still to Motion
  • PHOT 3189 Photographic Project Management
  • ENTR 3908 Photographic Entrepreneurship: Gallery and the Marketplace

Choose one of the following six:

  • AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
  • DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
  • DRAW 3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
  • DSGN 3001 Creative Design Exploration
  • DSGN 3002 3D Digital Design and Production
  • DSGN 3916 Book Art Design
Career Possibilities

NBCCD graduates have many avenues to explore for careers, allowing for a combination of different employment opportunities:

  • Business Owners
  • Photographers commercial (advertising)
  • Freelance Photography
  • Marketing Correspondents
  • Photojournalists
  • Photography Professionals
  • Designers
Admission Requirements
  • $50 Application Fee (1)
  • An official transcript of marks indicating Certificate – Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD OR
    • An official transcript of marks indicating at least 1 year post-secondary education
    • OR equivalent experience (2)
  • Portfolio Submission
  • Interview

(1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

(2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

Portfolio Requirements
  1. We value your life experience in assessing your application, so please provide us with a copy of your resume.
  2. Please write a one-page letter of intent which includes your:
  • reasons for wanting to study with us,
  • interests in the arts (contemporary or historical) and
  • plans and goals for the future.
  1. For a full experience at our College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture. Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period (include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about visual culture.
  2. To ensure that you are well prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination. To assess this, please provide:
  • 5 images of things that you have created, such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting, photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc. Please note that the images you send do not necessarily need to be associated with this studio.
  • -15 digital photos
  • If you have drawing experience, please include an image of:
    • one life drawing showing the human figure and
    • one still-life drawing.

Don’t worry if you have not had previous drawing experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic drawing instruction.

Please don’t submit originals. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be high resolution images shot at 6 mega pixels or greater. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link, keeping them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure to label your portfolio with your name, contact information and return address.

Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed or delivered in person to:

Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)
457 Queen Street
PO BOX 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, Canada

Instructors & Technicians


  • Drew Gilbert, Coordinating Instructor
  • Karen Ruet
  • Rod Stears
  • Noel Chenier


  • Sara Bakker
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.


Cody Cassie, Assistant Photography Manager, Beyond the Rack, Diploma in Photography, 2008

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