Photography – Centennial College

Program Info

School: Centennial College
Faculty: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
Degree: Diploma
Field of Study: Photography
Description: Whether your dream is to capture that definitive portrait, have your photos grace the pages of a fashion magazine, or take photos for the world’s leading brands, Centennial College’s two-year Photography program will help you achieve your goals. In this hands-on photography diploma program, you’ll be capturing images from day one and learning the technology, techniques and business theory for a lasting career as a professional photographer.

This photography program will prepare you for the aesthetic and technical demands that come with working in a studio or on location to produce captivating images that tell a story. Over two years, you’ll progressively build the skills to compete in the commercial photography industry and learn what it takes to grow your brand and create stunning images for a variety of clients.
Through your participation in the Story Arts Image Xchange, a real-world stock agency and incubator for emerging photographers, and the many scenarios that will allow you to collaborate with students and faculty in other programs, you’ll have many opportunities to publish your work. You’ll also be able to put your skills to work in a professional setting during a seven-week field placement. When you complete the Photography program, you’ll have the skills to operate your own photography business or find employment in related occupations such as fine art printing, advertising, publishing, graphic design, and gallery and studio management.

URL: Photography at Centennial College
Length: 2 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $17,433

This cost estimate is based on two semesters and includes ancillary fees.

Careers: Influencer; Photographers


LOCATION: Toronto, Ontario
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, September
TELEPHONE: (416) 289-5393
FAX: (416) 289-5352
ADDRESS: 941 Progress Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Over the past 55 years, Centennial College has transformed itself from a local community college to a worldly institution, with a presence in countries such as China, India, South Korea and Brazil. Our focus has always been on preparing graduates to enter the workforce while teaching our students to be leaders. We’ve worked hard to build lasting partnerships with local communities while preparing our graduates to succeed globally – work we are confident has led to our #1 ranking in the Greater Toronto Area for graduate satisfaction. Locally, we continue to offer industry-recognized full- and part-time programs at five Toronto campuses. Whether in our classrooms, our labs or the community, Centennial students experience the real world before they even graduate. They’re job-ready, and that’s a fact employers have told us, as more than 88 percent of those who have employed Centennial grads are satisfied or very satisfied with their hires.


On Campus Housing

Centennial College has grown rapidly over the past several years, and demand for student housing outgrew the capacity of our older facility on Progress Avenue. Knowing that a lack of access to a residence is an impediment for students from outside the GTA, Centennial constructed the eight-storey Centennial Residence and Culinary Arts Centre at its Progress Campus. The striking new building takes the shape of a quadrangle with a central courtyard to allow natural light to reach all of the residence rooms. Housing up to 740 students in two- and four-bedroom arrangements, each suite includes its own kitchen and bathroom. Students also have access to communal kitchens and lounge spaces for larger social gatherings. Every resident has his or her own bedroom. For more information on Residence, visit For questions and inquiries about the Residence, contact it directly by emailing or calling 416-438-2216, ext. 6294.


Off Campus Housing

The Centennial College Student Association Inc. (CCSAI) partners with an off-campus housing service company called Places4Students Inc. The company makes sure that finding a home is headache-free through its free-to-search database, which lets you see the property before deciding to contact the landlord. For more information, visit:

Incoming Students


For first year students, orientation activities for both academic and Centennial College Student Association programs, and personalized success plans are provided for you. You are also encouraged to take advantage of our free ‘success skills’ workshops offered throughout the year. Peer mentors and International advisors are also available at every campus to help you transition to life in Canada, and at Centennial.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:* These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Grade 12 English (C or U), or equivalent (minimum grade required), or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
Additional Requirements

Additional Admission Requirements:
  • Portfolio

Attend a mandatory Photography program admission session, where you will submit a portfolio of work

  • Portfolios should include 12-20 high-quality images. A digital portfolio is required with images saved in JPG format with a min. size of 1.5 meg and a max. size of 5 meg with all images placed in 1 folder and the applicants name and student number is in the title of that 1 folder. The folder will then be zipped (compressed) for easier digital transfer. Upload using a file transfer site such as: We transfer or
  • Google Drive or another similar style file transfer site. If a folder is not labeled with a name, tracking of the applicant may not be possible resulting in a deleted portfolio.
  • Note: We do not accept PDFs, Website links or social media links (as we comply to all worldwide copyright laws and must be assured of ownership/creator of the images being submitted).
  • Portfolios will be assessed for Visual Aptitude, Composition, Camera Control and Lighting. Please minimize any use of Photoshop.
  • Portfolios will be reviewed during the Program Applicant Session. Be sure to label the portfolio with your name and contact information.

Fees & Scholarships

Tuition Fees

International: $17,433

Notes for International Students:


Fees vary by program. Degree programs have higher fees. Please visit the website for more information, at



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