Photography/ Videography




In Photography/Videography, you will:

  • Learn the exciting range of photographic technologies including digital photography and enhancement, videography, printing, and historical processes.
  • Experience traditional analogue photography and hands-on history in our spacious, state-of-the-art darkroom.
  • Harness natural and artificial lighting, image manipulation, and industry-standard software to create skillful imagery.
  • Build the foundations for truly creative and individual imagery through exploration, experimentation, and technical development.
  • Graduate prepared for a career in photography with the use of fully-equipped studios and a curriculum that combines hands-on skill with entrepreneurship.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    Photography 2021-2023 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
    • Digital single lens reflex camera for still images and video
    • Natural and artificial lighting in the studio and on-location
    • Digital post production: workflow, image enhancement, manipulation and printing
    • Creative processes for photography
    • Professional/artistic portfolios for photographers
    • Film, darkroom techniques and alternative processes
    • Photographic history
  • Tech Requirements


    Students must have a:

    • Digital single lens reflex (DSLR) Camera that is at least 18 megapixel, and has the ability to shoot video, additionally they should have a tripod for photography/videography
    • On-camera flash compatible with your camera brand and model
    • Apple laptop computer (1-3 years old), this includes either a MacBook Pro, Macbook, or Macbook Air
    • Two external hard drives to back-up their work (4 TB recommended)

    Students using mirrorless cameras may have compatibility issues with some flash and studio equipment.


    Students must subscribe to the Adobe Creative Cloud PHOTOGRAPHY bundle containing Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, which is a cloud-based system, that costs approx. $9.99US monthly or $119US for a year. It can be purchased direct from Adobe (www.adobe.com) or available as a pre-paid card from some vendors like Staples.

    The Microsoft Office Suite (or similar software) will provide a word processor for written assignments, as well as spreadsheet and presentation software.

    As the program progresses, students may choose to purchase other software after they have had a chance to try it in class.

  • Career Possibilities
    • Commercial Photographer/Videographer
    • Freelance Photographer/Videographer
    • Product Photographer/Videographer
    • Photojournalist
    • Visual Marketing Consultant
    • Visual Designer
    • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Course List

    Fall 1

    PHOT 2915
    Photographic Methods: Camera Technology

    PHOT 2916
    Lighting: Available Light and Flash Techniques

    PHOT 2917
    Photographic Imaging: Tools and Basic Techniques

    PHOT 2919
    Creativity in Photography: Process and Practice

    PHOT 2918
    Analogue Photography: Film and Darkroom

    HIST 2917
    History of Photography: Origins

    DSGN 2903
    Design Concepts

    Winter 1

    PHOT 2912
    The Working Photographer

    PHOT 2906
    Lighting: Professional Studio

    PHOT 2922
    Photographic Imaging: Professional Techniques

    PHOT 2920
    Creativity in Photography: RePresenting Ideas

    PHOT 2921
    Careers in Photography

    HIST 2918
    History of Photography: The Modern Era

    PHOT 2913
    Photography Seminar: Research and Techniques

    Spring 1

    PHOT 2914
    Practical Photographic Applications

    ENTR 2007
    Marketing and Online Promotion in Photography

    Fall 2 [1 elective*]

    PHOT 3918
    Advanced Photographic Projects

    PHOT 3919
    Photographic Digital Output

    PHOT 3920
    Photographic Imaging: Specialized Techniques

    PHOT 3921
    Video Tools and Production

    *DRAW 2900
    Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary

    *DRAW 2901
    Life Drawing: Structure and Form

    *DRAW 2902
    Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials

    *DRAW 2907
    Drawing and Narrative

    *DRAW 2908
    Painting in Acrylics I

    ENTR 3924
    Photographic Entrepreneurship: Commercial Photography

    Winter 2 [1 elective*]

    PHOT 3922
    Photographic Portfolio Development

    PHOT 3923
    Lighting: Advanced Techniques and Location Lighting

    PHOT 3924
    Photographic Imagery: Advanced Techniques

    PHOT 3925
    Video: Design and Application

    *AVVA 3908
    Designing Bodies

    *DIGM 3012 (DIGM 2016)
    3D Digital Design and Production

    *DRAW 3004 (DRAW 2908)
    Painting in Acrylics II

    *DRAW 3001
    Imagery, Sources and Development

    *DSGN 3916
    Book Art Design

    *HUMN 3000
    Art for Social Change

    ENTR 3929
    Photographic Entrepreneurship: Photographer as Artist

    Spring 2 [1 course*]

    INST 3902
    Senior Practicum

    INST 3908
    Senior Project: Photography

  • 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

    Foundation Visual Arts:

    Please note that it this program traditionally starts with the one-year Foundation Visual Arts Program as a prerequisite.


    To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD diploma program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.

    All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months.


    • CV/Resume
    • Letter of Intent
    • Three Observational Drawings
    • Three 2D Design Exercises
    • Two 3D Design Exercises
    • Three Colour Theory Exercises
    • Compare & Contrast Essay
    • Image List
  • Apply Now

learn thelanguage of design

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. Before you begin honing your craft or digital practice, learn the language to communicate visual arts. Students new to the arts will start in this preparatory course before their two-year Diploma program.