Diplomas

 

BSOP Sample DiplomaHow our Diploma Programs Work

What type of School is this?

We offer a series of Continuing Education style classes.  These classes typically run on weekends and/or evenings.  Most classes are twelve hours in length.  While we are accredited with the Federal Government of Canada as an educational institution (this means that if you take our classes to further your work skills, the fees are tax deductible), we are not an accredited college or university.

What order should the classes be taken in?

After completing the Digital Camera Fundamentals Class, students can complete the remaining required classes in any order and over any time period they desire.  We do have a recommended class work flow, however students are able to follow whatever schedule works best for them.

How long will it take to complete the classes and receive my diploma?

Most diplomas can realistically be achieved in twelve months or less.

How much work will I have to do on my own to achieve proficiency?

To get proficient at any particular discipline or set of skills taught in one of our classes, students should expect to devote at least 10 times the number of hours that the class was long.  In other words, to achieve proficiency in using your camera following our Digital Camera Fundamentals class, a student should expect to practice their skills for about 120 hours to truly master the skills taught in the class.

Once I’ve completed the required classes, how do I receive my diploma?

To receive a diploma, a student must:

  • Successfully complete the required classes
  • Devote serious time to practising the skills learned in class
  • Apply for a diploma by submitting a portfolio of images made outside of the classroom that are indicative of their skill in their desired discipline

After receiving the diploma application, we evaluate the work against current professional standards and if the student is producing work at the level we expect, a diploma is awarded.

Will you help me find a job as a photographer after graduating?

While we certainly keep our eyes and ears open for photography employment opportunities, realistically students need to realize that there are very few actual photography jobs with corporations any more. There are some, but they are few and far between. However, there is still lots of money being made by photographers as independent contractors working as freelance photographers or running their own photography businesses photographing everything from architecture to food to newborns, weddings and portraits and everything in-between.

How much will it cost me to get my diploma?

Outside of the costs for your camera gear, the cost of the classes will depend on which diploma you are interested in achieving and how you want to pay for the classes.

Portrait Photography Diploma – If you pay for the classes individually, one-by-one as you sign up for them and take them, the current cost of the classes is $2,625 plus GST.  If you call us and sign up for the program and pay for all the classes at once, the current pre-paid price is $2,200 plus GST.

Wedding Photography Diploma – If you pay for the classes individually, one-by-one as you sign up for them and take them, the current cost of the classes is $2,900 plus GST.  If you call us and sign up for the program and pay for all the classes at once, the current pre-paid price is $2,400 plus GST.

Nature Photography Diploma – If you pay for the classes individually, one-by-one as you sign up for them and take them, the current cost of the classes is $2,125 plus GST.  If you call us and sign up for the program and pay for all the classes at once, the current pre-paid price is $1,900 plus GST.

Do I have to pay for all the classes at once?

You do not have to pay for all the classes at once.  However, by paying in advance, you save over 10% in class fees.

What are the current diplomas available and what classes do they consist of?

Portrait Diploma Track Wedding Diploma Track Nature Diploma Track

How do I apply to become a student in your Diploma program?

Please complete our application form and we’ll get back to you.  There is a $50 application fee (plus GST) for each diploma you apply for.  Even if you are required to resubmit more images to qualify, this fee only needs to be paid once.

More Information about our Diplomas?

For more information, please contact us.