Technical programs

Professional photography

Who is it for?
  • Have creative skills
  • Able to express creativity taking into account the reality of specifications and production requirements
  • Like to work with different people, make them comfortable
  • Like to work with different kind of schedules and in different environments
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)

  • Citizens of France (France-Québec agreement) : From $300 to $365
  • Citizens of other countries: 17 594 $


Admission requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • Applicants must assemble a portfolio of 20 photographs as a gallery using an application such as Picasa, Google+, Carbonmade, Flickr or equivalent:
  • Send a link to your online gallery to the Chair of the Professional Photography Department:
  • Must be eligible to take College English 603-101 (testing may be required)
  • Must be eligible to take Basic French 602-100 (testing may be required)
  • Be at least 18 years old once in Canada



Duration of studies

3 years or 6 semesters (full time)


Application deadlines

Fall : March 1st

  • Professional digital cameras and accessories
  • Natural and artificial lighting in the studio and on location
  • Photographic techniques and strategies for specific photo specialties
  • Manage, manipulate and archive digital imagery
  • Set up, manage and promote a photography business
  • Create and design a variety of marketing pieces, such portfolios, websites and books
  • Develop creativity strategies
  • Assistant and production manager for established photographers in advertising agencies and stock photography agencies, technician in TV and film, press photographer, studio coordinator, etc.
  • Different types of photography: wedding, fashion and portraiture, advertising, product, architecture, corporate, editorial and magazine, etc.
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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