Commercial Photography

Who is it for?

Students who like photography and want to work in the field of commercial photography.

Application opens January 9th, 2023

step 1 : Choose your school

Dawson College

3040 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Québec H3Z 1A4, Canada

step 2 : Apply

To start your application, click on the purple button below. You will be redirected to the SRAM (Service régional d'admission du Montréal métropolitain) website. This organization manages all the admission applications for the institutions that are part of the CESTM (campus of higher technical studies of Montreal). Once your application has been reviewed, if you meet the requirements, you will receive a letter of acceptance from the school offering the program of your choice. This letter will be helpful to you for the next steps of your application process.

Approximate cost of studies (per year)

  • Tuition fees: 17 594$


Admission requirements

  • Completed post-secondary studies, at least 1 year prior to start of program
  • Birth certificate
  • Transcripts, high school and higher education
  • Portfolio of 25-30 images on a hosting website with link emailed to aecphotoportfolio@dawsoncollege.qc.ca
  • English proficiency testing may be required
  • Interview to evaluate applicant’s motivation and communication skills
  • Up to date curriculum vitae/resume
  • Letter of intent
  • IELTS (minimum score of 6), TOEFL (minimum score 61 for Internet based, 175 for Computer based or 500 for Paper based tests); PTE Test (minimum score of 50); Duolingo (minimum score of 95-100).
  • All documents must be in English or French
  • More information at https://www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/aec/programs/commercial-photography/

Duration of studies

18 months


Application deadlines

Fall : March 1st

  • Use photography equipment and materials to perform commercial photographic tasks;
  • Apply the basic principles of composition to solve problems;
  • Capture, retouch and digitally manipulate images;
  • Provide images to clients using current industry methods and technologies;
  • Comply with laws and safety concerns relating to practices;
  • Apply basic business practices to manage a small.


  • Food and product photographer
  • Fashion photographer
  • Advertising photographer
  • Sport and documentary photographer
  • Portrait photographer
  • Editorial and lifestyle photographer
Obtaining a Quebec Acceptance Certificate

It is the first document to obtain when starting your immigration process. By clicking on the button below you will be redirected to a website describing all the relevant information about it.

Obtain a Quebec acceptance certificate
Obtaining a Study Permit

There is a second immigration document that you will need to obtain. After receiving your CAQ, you must apply for a Student Permit, which you can do online. This application will be forwarded to a visa office that processes all applications from your country of citizenship or the country into which you have been lawfully admitted. If you click on the button below, you will be redirected to the website where you will find all the details. By clicking on the button below you will be redirected to a website describing all the relevant information about it.

Obtaining health and hospitalization insurance

All international students must hold a valid Canadian health and hospitalization insurance plan for themselves and their accompanying dependents, or they must be covered under a valid reciprocal social security agreement. Citizens of the countries listed below benefit from a reciprocal social security agreement made with Quebec and, as such, may be covered by the Quebec health insurance board (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec – RAMQ) in the same way as Canadians or permanent residents of Canada. The countries are: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. For more information, please consult the reciprocal agreement. All other international students must hold a health and hospitalization insurance plan. The college you will be attending will provide you with information on how to obtain this insurance and the related fees.

Confirming your acceptance and paying the tuition fees

Your letter of acceptance will explain how to complete this final step.

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