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  • Independent Digital Photography

    Independent Digital Photography

Program Code:IDP
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Fall, Winter,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Earn your diploma in Independent Photography and you could become a professional photographer, equipped with the technical skills and business knowledge you need to succeed in this creative and dynamic field.

You’re best suited for this intensive four- semester program if you have a strong interest in photography and image creation, along with a basic knowledge of photography.

You’ll be required to demonstrate an understanding of imaging fundamentals. Throughout the program, you’ll build a strong portfolio of photographic and illustrated images for a wide range of practical business applications. Along with artistic and technical skills, you’ll learn business and entrepreneurial skills. Your hands–on learning will concentrate on the digital realm of photography and imaging. You will be required to purchase a minimum of photography/imaging equipment.

Whether you’re working behind the camera or are working in a technical support role, you’ll be prepared to compete in this evolving market.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements

  • Pre-Admissions English test - Cost $55 (view English Practice Test).
  • Letter of intent
  • Portfolio of ten (10) images including:
    • 2 scenics
    • 2 still life images
    • 2 portraits
    • 1 creative self–portrait
    • 3 other images of your choice

Applicant Selection

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation where they will complete the Pre-Admissions English test and submit a portfolio and letter of intent.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their Pre-Admissions English test, portfolio and letter of intent.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

If you are applying to this program for Fall 2015:

  • Applicants who have completed English Grade 12 C or U with an acceptable grade will be exempt from the $55 pre-admissions test.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in a Grade 12 C or U course and who achieved an acceptable grade 11 mark are also exempt.
  • Mature applicants who have not submitted transcripts will be advised of where and how to book the pre-admission test.

All applicants will still be required to attend a program orientation and complete a program-related assignment. Orientation dates and locations will be mailed.

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Grade 11 or 12 Visual Arts (drawing, painting, illustration)
    • Basic computer skills including office software
    • College Art Fundamentals Program.

Fees

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Your Career

Professional photographers are entrepreneurs. Most run their own businesses, working as freelancers for a wide range of clients across many sectors. Some are employed in key roles at photography studios, leveraging their technical expertise in photo manipulation, restoration and compositing.

Application Process

The applicant selection is a two–step process:

Step 1: Academic achievement (i.e. grades in pre–requisite courses and/or scores in English and Reading Comprehension tests) may be used to select applicants who are eligible for Step 2.

Step 2: Attendance at an Orientation Session, submission of a portfolio of photographic work (Parts A and B), and completion of a program–related assignment.

Applicants who are unsuccessful in Step 1 will be notified by mail, and will not be included in Step 2 of the selection process.

Portfolio Requirements:

To be considered for the IDP program we ask that applicants submit a portfolio (Part A) and a letter of intent (Part B).

Part A. Ten (10) best images, including:

  • two scenics
  • two still life images
  • two portraits
  • one creative self–portrait
  • three other images of your choice

Do not include flowers or pet pictures unless the lighting is extraordinary.

Part B. Letter of intent submitted as a digital Word file where applicants need to demonstrate:

  • they have done some research into the various disciplines of photography, and have a goal in mind as to what they want to do after graduating; or
  • if applicants don't have a specific goal in mind, they should still have a basic understanding of what photographers do, and the options that are available to them; and
  • that they are enthusiastic, motivated, and willing to work hard to learn the craft.

All portfolios must be submitted in digital form. Our selection process does not allow for printed portfolios or non–digital artwork. Images must be submitted as JPEG files, written documents as Word files.

Important note: All files must be submitted on a non–returnable 1 or 2 gig USB flash drive, and placed in a single folder named "Lastname, Firstname, Student number".

Orientation Session:

Orientation sessions are typically held four to seven months prior to the beginning of classes. You will be advised through Admissions as to the exact dates. A tentative guide is provided below:

  • February or March for the September/Fall term
  • October or November for the January/ Winter term

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
IDP100 Photography I 3
IDP102 Colour Theory 4
IDP103 Business I 3
IDP104 History of Imaging 3
IDP105 Creativity I 3
IDP111 Digital Imaging I 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IDP200 Photography II 6
IDP202 Digital II 3
IDP203 Business II 2
IDP204 Wedding and Event Photography 3
IDP206 Photojournalism 3
IDP306 Creativity II 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC409 Print Journalism 3
IDP302 Digital Imaging III 3
IDP303 Small Business I 2
IDP304 Self Promotion and Portfolio Building 3
IDP311 Photography III 6
IDP405 Pro Seminar in IDP - Preproduction 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
IDP312 Introduction to DSLR Video 3
IDP403 Small Business II 3
IDP404 Field Placement 1
IDP406 Independent Project in IDP - Preproduction 4
IDP407 Independent Project in IDP - Production 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Photography I
Colour Theory
Business I
History of Imaging and Design
Creativity
Digital Imaging I
 
Semester 2
Photography II
Digital Imaging II
Business II
Wedding and Event Photography
Photojournalism
Creativity II
General Education Option
 
Semester 3
Print Journalism
Digital Imaging III
Small Business I
Self Promotion/Portfolio Building
Photography III
Pro Seminar in IDP
General Education Option
 
Semester 4
Small Business II
Introduction to DSLR Video
Field Placement
Independent Project in IDP - Preproduction
Independent Project in IDP - Production
General Education Option

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit: http://sca.senecac.on.ca.
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
Email: admissions@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Salaha Fatima
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22081
Email: Salaha.Fatima@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sharina Khan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Email: Sharina.Khan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Ray Steinke
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33572
Email: Ray.Steinke@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Mark Jones
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
Email: Mark.Jones@senecacollege.ca
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