Photo studio

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 6 semesters of study, September to June and reinforces studio skills, creative exploration and professional standards.

Laptop Program
Students in the Photography Diploma Program are required to purchase their own laptops. The students should meet with the Coordinating Instructor to discuss what kind of laptop they will need and the computer specifications to meet program requirements.

Photographic Equipment
In addition, students are also responsible to have a digital SLR camera capable of still images and video, a tripod, a flash and two external hard drives for back up and storage.

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

Curriculum Guide
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 2912 Photographic History: Origins

Choose one of the following:

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

Winter 1

  • PHOT 2912 The Working Photographer
  • PHOT 2906 Lighting: Professional Studio
  • PHOT 2907 Photoshop: Professional Techniques
  • PHOT 2908 Re-Presenting Ideas
  • PHOT 2909 Professional Practice
  • HIST 2902 Photographic History: People
  • ENTR 2003 Marketing and Online Promotion

Spring 1

  • PHOT 2913 Photography Seminar: Research and Techniques
  • PHOT 2914 Practical Photographic Applications

Fall 2

  • PHOT 3181 Advanced Digital Projects
  • PHOT 3905 Video:  Design and Production
  • PHOT 3902 Photoshop: Specialized Techniques
  • PHOT 3906 Digital Photographic Output
  • ENTR 3915 Preparing for Professional Life: Photography

Choose one of the following:

  • DRAW 2900 Directions in Drawing
  • DRAW 2901 Life Drawing: Structure and Form
  • DRAW 2902 Watercolour: Exploring Water-based Materials
  • DRAW 2904 Drawing: Time and Narrative

Winter 2

  • PHOT 3909 Photographic Portfolio Development
  • PHOT 3900 Lighting: Advanced Studio and Location
  • PHOT 3904 Photoshop: Advanced Techniques
  • PHOT 3908 Video: Post Production
  • ENTR 3908 Photographic Entrepreneurship

Choose one of the following:

  • 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

Direct Entry Portfolio Requirements

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. Your examples must be presented digitally and saved in either JPEG or PDF format at 150 dpi on a USB memory stick. Please be sure to carefully label your jump drive with your name and contact information. If you would like your memory stick to be returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

You may instead choose to submit your portfolio digitally by attaching your files to an email. Please do not send your files through Google Drive or any other file sharing program. If your submission size exceeds 9mb, please split your portfolio into multiple emails, all containing your name and contact information.

Please mail or drop off your jump drive or submit files electronically to:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1


  • 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


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

New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

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