Photography Major

  • Intro

    Capture the art of life in Photography.

    If you see yourself as a photographer with a distinctive point of view, the Photography Major at Emily Carr offers you an unparalleled platform to launch your work and practice.

    Here you will gain practical expertise while building a diverse knowledge base to thrive and adapt in the rapidly changing world of photography. Through conceptual, technical, and historical emphasis, you will become an innovative photographer of contemporary culture.

    The Photography Major is multidisciplinary, supportive of your broader understanding of the art form. The curriculum is structured to offer mastery of traditional photographic art practices with subsequent exploration in a wide range of digital and analogue processes. Through art history, research, and critical studies, you will examine the work of historical and contemporary photographers and other artists. Theory, writing, drawing, and electives in other media enhance your studies, with options that include image and text, video practices, and directorial work. Your knowledge, skills and conceptual learning are strengthened through classes, seminars, self-directed projects, research presentations, readings, exhibitions, and professional practice studies. Upon graduating, you will have produced a substantial body of work with a contextual understanding of its place within contemporary art and photographic practices.

  • Pathways

    You will become part of a community of highly skilled photographers, creative practitioners and visual communicators, with a personal portfolio and the knowledge to enter the commercial and creative sectors.

    Inspiring job titles of our graduates

    Resident Photographer, Visual Designer, Photo Editor, Image Curator, Art Market Analyst, Website Creative Content Coordinator, Studio Manager, Product Image Manager, Layout Artist

    Dynamic employers that have recruited our graduates

    The Artona Group Inc., Donnelly Group, Airbnb, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Homes & Living Magazine, Vancouver Fashion Week, Warner Brothers Television, Vancouver Courier Newspaper

  • Program

    After first year Foundation studies at Emily Carr, you will apply to enter the Photography Major in your second year.

    Your studies will focus steadily in this field over the last three years of your four year degree. Upon completion you will achieve the undergraduate degree and designation, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Majoring in Photography (BFA, Photography). See the Admissions section about application information for undergraduate, international, transfer, and aboriginal students.

    Most courses you will take are worth three credits. 129 credits are required to complete your degree.


  • Aims

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography program develops you to become a creative citizen of the design community through conceptual, critical, cultural, practice-oriented, and career-focused education.


    The Bachelor of Fine Arts, Photography Major aims to:

    • equip you with critical, theoretical, research, and studio practices to become an engaged citizen of fine art photography;
    • impart advanced knowledge of photographic practice, application and exhibition within visual arts culture;
    • foster conceptual and technical knowledge through a studio-based education reflecting the diversity and complexity of the photography medium;
    • prepare you with a contextual understanding of photography as an art and a skill within the creative and commercial sectors, so you may enter these knowledge-based economies;
    • foster a dynamic visual arts culture and community within Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada, as well as globally.

    digital and analogue photography and processes, dark rooms, studio photography, photoshop, lightjet and inkjet printing, negative scanning, drawings as tools for research, interdisciplinary practices, art direction, colour and black and white photography, large format cameras, studio lighting, projected imagery, exhibition, storytelling, visual literacy, studio culture, foundation studies, real world context, sustainable practices, community engagement, minors, concept + ideation, visual art research + methods


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