Canadian Colleges and Universities that offer photography

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  1. Rob Skeoch

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    I'm trying to assemble a list of Canadian Colleges and University's that offer full time "Photography" courses. I tried using the internet but would have to sift through every schools website to find out. I thought this might be easier.

    I know that Sheridan College offers photography, Loyalist offers photojournalism, since I taught there in the past, and Conestoga offers photography in the Journalism program.

    Ryerson has a fine art program also.

    Could you let me know of any other schools.... out west or east.

    Thanks.

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    NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) in Halifax has a good program, you can do a 4 year BFA in photography with them. Excellent analog support still. They have 2 B&W "gang" darkrooms that can all handle up to 4x5. I think 8 colour darkrooms, 2 of which are setup for mural printing. Both the B&W darkrooms have Ilford dry to dry processors for RC printing and also have sinks for tray processing. For colour they have a Hope RA-4 dry to dry processor. They also have a good lighting studio. I gather their digital (I know it's a dirty word here) facilities are pretty good too but I haven't had the chance to use them as I've only taken advantage of their continuing education courses.
     
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    Ottawa U and Concordia U in Montreal have FA programs, Rob. Dawson Gollege (Mtl) as well as Algonquin College and La Cite Collegiale in Ottawa have commercial programs.
     
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    Langara College in Vancouver offers a Photog program. You can take the whole program for a diploma or just your pick of courses. I'd go if it weren't for the hour and half drive each way every week.
     
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    Fanshaw in London ON

    Try Fanshaw in London Ontario?
     
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    Actually, that reminds me, Nova Scotia Community College also has a photo program, more focused on commercial work where NSCAD is more fine art focused, but I think it's exclusively digital now.
     
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    Confederation College here in Thunder Bay has a Film Production Program. Each student in the program has the opportunity to make a few short films during the course of the program. Real film in real film cameras (16mm). It's fun watching the film students making a film out on the campus with all the gear, steadycams, wagons, sound gear, etc. There is also a three year multimedia program. Students from both programs must take two photography courses which include traditional silver based black and white still photography and all their own darkroom work.
     
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    Warning: Blatant self promotion....

    PrairieView in Winnipeg is a small private photography college. I think it's great! (but then again, I should. I own it).

    We offer a ten month diploma program that includes lots of analogue stuff throughout the year (trad. b+w, colour, alt processes, large format) as well as the usual digi stuff.

    http://www.prairieview.ca/
     
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    We have a BC member who helps run a Photography school here in vancouver. Maybe he'll post a response...
     
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    I went to Langara and although the instructors were very knowledgable, I found the very limited darkroom access (maybe 7-8 hours a week in the fulltime program) very hindering. They said that limited time working on your assignments helped you get ready for the real world, but I think it was really because there wasn't enough space... Although I think the part time programs maybe would have been a better idea for me. I enjoyed the presentation from the photojournalism teacher and wish I'd have taken that course, but I barely had enough time to eat or sleep as it was!
     
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    UQAM and Concordia both have BFA and MFA in photography, and a fair number of interesting artists came out of it.
     
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    I went to Emily Carr College of Art & Design for their full time photography program. It's now called Emily Carr Institute of Art & Design I think. The darkrooms were very well equipped and the access was great. I could print every day until at least 2:00 a.m. or even 3:00 depending on which security guard let me stay a little longer. It might be different now.

    The Institute is located on Granville Island in Vancouver. Not really an island per se but an old industrial park that's converted to a very funky market /live theater venues /restaurants /kids market /hotel /art studios/ and art school.

    The photo school John might be referring to in Vancouver might be Focal Point.
     
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    Emily Carr continues to offer night school/weekend courses as well with darkroom access. The 5 week Fiber based Printing: Advanced Black & White course that I am lusting after in their current catalogue (www.eciad.ca/cs) limits you to a maximum of 9 hours per week darkroom time - 9 hours a week:D , 9 hours a week:D , if only I could get manage 9 hours a week!!

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    UCFV in Abbotsford has photography all of which is in the darkroom it is part of the Visual Arts Degree.
     
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    Sheridan college is discontinuing film studies. Got their "catalogue" in the mail last night. This is the final year for 2 of their programs;

    Basic photography (Film) **Last Offering**
    Intermediate Photography(Film) **Last Offering**


    The digital version is still available, but no one here really cares about that I suppose.
    They are still offering a 4x5 class(film based). There are other classes but they don't make the film/digi distinction.

    Humber College (Toronto west end) and George Brown (Toronto downtown) both offer photography courses. George Brown is a little more in depth.
     
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    I am surprised Ryerson University in Toronto has not been mentioned, they offer both a four year degree and a post degree certificate in photography. The course program shows they are not getting rid of their darkrooms yet. I plan to sign up for the certificate after I get my PR certificate squared away.

    Also Ryerson is opening a museum for the Blackstar Photo endowment they recieved as a donation a few years ago.

    Bill
     
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    The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton has a two year photographic technology program - with both darkroom and digital as part of the curriculum

    Gord
     
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    Sheridan will no longer be offering traditional film photography courses after their spring semester. Here's an excerpt from their last film based course.
    Sheridan always been a commercial based college so this doen't surprise me in the least as the commercial world is pretty much 100% digital. Too bad.

    Regards, Art.
     
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    Annoying grammar post: any moderator willing to replace the "University's" in the title by the proper English plural "universities" ?
     
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    Universities it is...
     
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    Thank you John, institutions of higher learning surely must appreciate their categorial name to be spelled properly :wink:
     
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    Rob, to reiterate what has already been mentioned,...there are four photography programs being taught at three locations here in Vancouver.

    1. Langara College Professional Photo Imaging Program http://www.langara.bc.ca/photography/menu.html This is a two year full-time program, taught by permanent staff.
    2. Langara College Continuing Studies Photography Certificate Program. http://www.langara.bc.ca/cs/photography/home/cs_photography_index.htm This is an "adult education" part-time program taught mostly by working commercial and fine-art based photographers.
    3. Focal Point is a private photography school offering both full & part-time programs. http://www.focalpoint.bc.ca/
    4. Lastly, Emily Carr Institute is an art college. They offer a degree program. http://www-old.eciad.ca/www/programs/bfa_photography.html and they also offer some part-time photography courses through their Continuing Studies dept., but these are fairly "light duty" intro-to-your-equip type course for the most part.
     
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    One of my friend went to Cégep du Vieux-Montréal and told me that he touched everything, zone system, medium format, toning, bromoil and accounting. He told me that it was a much better than the private school in the Montréal area and really liked the formation that they gave.
     
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    Has anyone here actually taken the part time studies CS Photography program at Langara? If so how do you like it? I talked to the director of the program there and he said I may be able to skip taking the beginner intro course and go right to intermediate courses. I may not be going for another year yet, but I'll see.