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Digital Photography

Program Code: PHTD
Credential Type: Ontario College Diploma
Length: Two-Year
Intake(s): September
Intake Status: Open
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Look through the viewfinder and see a career that is as creative and inspired as you are!

The days of darkrooms and 35mm film have given way to the fast-paced and ever expanding realm of digital photography. Students will prepare for this exciting and expanding career using modern digital photographic equipment in a state-of-the-art photography studio. Learning is further enhanced by supporting a laptop-based environment, which facilitates learning and reflects the environment of digital photography (students must own their own approved laptop and camera.)

Curriculum will encompass a broad range of topics including design and composition, digital darkroom, web fundamentals and portfolio development. This is the first fully-hybrid program at Lambton College (a combination of both online and in-class), offering greater flexibility and encouraging self-directed learning.

Project work covers a diverse exploration of photography interests while developing the technical skills for creative control. The program offers students interdisciplinary photography opportunities, including Hair Styling, Esthetician and Culinary Management programs. In addition, many assignments and projects will be done off-campus creating visibility in the community. A photography excursion to New York City challenges second year students as they expand their horizons. 

At the core of the new program is a state-of-the-art photography and video studio. The studio's modular design will allow the space to be sectioned into 6 separate studios making room for small groups or individuals to work. The studios are equipped with Strobe and Continuous light kits and our loan department has a selection of specialty lenses and other professional photography equipment available for students to borrow.

Students learn from key faculty members who work in the field. Richard Beland, Dave Chidley and Lorrie Williams are all current leading and award winning industry professionals who bring decades of experience in a variety of different photography areas to their students and the classroom.

Your artistic career aspirations can become a reality with Lambton College's two-year Ontario College Diploma in Digital Photography.

Students entering this program in September 2013 are entering a Mobile Learning program. To be able to participate in the mobile learning experience, it is required that all entering students have a mobile device.

This program requires that entering students have a laptop computer, and it is strongly recommended that to gain maximum benefit from the program the student should have a MacBook Pro. As well, the program requires additional photography equipment.

See full computer and equipment requirements and recommendations.  


O.S.S.D or equivalent with:
Grade 12 English C or U  

Mature applicants must be at least 19 years of age by the start of classes, be out of secondary school for at least one year and usually do not have a high school diploma. Mature applicant testing for this program is available in the Counselling Department in the subject of English. The test(s) will demonstrate proficiency in required admission subjects.For more information please contact the Counselling Department at ext. 3412. Academic admission requirements can be obtained through Academic Upgrading and Pre-Programs at Lambton College.


In order to graduate from a program, the College requires that a student:

  1. achieve a GPA of 2.00 or greater, and
  2. successfully complete all courses in the program curriculum.

Some programs may have additional requirements for progression through and/or graduation from the program. Please refer to the program map for any additional program requirements.


Opportunities exist for students to pursue a variety of employment such as travel, sports, portrait, wedding and fashion photographers, photo manipulation, restoration artists and multi-media professionals. Careers exist in commercial, corporate, private and personal businesses.

Graduates are encouraged to understand their niche and pursue it passionately. Relocation should be considered depending on the career aspirations of graduates.


For further information contact:

School of Business & Creative Design
519-542-7751 ext 2433


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