Photography Diploma

Photography Diploma in Edmonton and Calgary

Students who choose the photography diploma program at The CPLC not only leave with a marketable credential but a portfolio that will get them hired. The diploma is available to students in both Edmonton and Calgary.

To receive a CPLC diploma in photography, the student completes the required courses at the school, and produces a targeted portfolio specifically designed to showcase the skills that get photographers hired.

Once students complete our photography diploma program they will be equipped with a portfolio that matches the course structure demonstrating independent skills in: composition, design, exposure, lighting and editing.

Our diploma requires the student’s work to meet acceptable standards of professional quality and students are not be issued a diploma until their work meets that level.

Mandatory Courses for Photography Diploma

These courses are required, similar courses may be accepted at the discretion of The CPLC’s administration with proof of completion, and a demonstration of proficiency.

Topics Areas
One course from each of these subject areas ⤵
Acceptable Courses
Any one of these courses per area ⤵
Exposure Control
Any one or more of these courses ➡
Using Your DSLR Camera
Getting Proper Exposures
Manual Exposure Practice
Principles of Lighting
Any one or more of these courses ➡
Portrait Lighting Workshop
Using Light: Principles & Practice
Photographic Lighting Workshop
Ambient Lighting
Any one or more of these courses ➡
Ambient Portrait Lighting Workshop
Using Light: Ambient Light
Accessory Lighting
Any one or more of these courses ➡
Accessory Flash Workshop
Using Light: Accessory Flash
Using Light: On-Camera Flash
Art and Design
Any one or more of these courses ➡
The Art and Design of Photography Class
Creative Vision & Photographic Design
Editing Photos
Any one or more of these courses ➡
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Class
Using Adobe Photoshop

If you have taken a course which is not listed but may meet the requirements of one of the topic please contact our office to check

Portfolio Requirements

Completion and submission of a professional portfolio that holistically represents a modern professional photographer’s skill set including demonstration of the following:

  • Artistic control over the exposure elements (that is, demonstrate the creative use and control of shutter speed and aperture).
  • Working application and knowledge of the two elements of lighting (in portraiture, non-portraiture, or both). This should be demonstrated using ambient light and accessory light.
  • Ability to both design the scene for one’s shots, and to intercede within scenes to manipulate the principles and elements of design universal to photography and other visual arts (that is, demonstrate a working knowledge of composition and design).
  • Ability to retouch portraits and remove objects and/or extend backgrounds in any version any of Adobe’s Photoshop programs (Photoshop CS or CC etc, Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop Lightroom).
  • Ability to take a photo and employ creative editing to produce a finished product any version any of Adobe’s Photoshop programs (Photoshop CS or CC etc, Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop Lightroom) both natural looking, and artistically ‘unnatural’ results are accepted.

Specific details, including technical requires of portfolios are available from our office.

Applying For The Diploma

Proof of completion of the mandatory courses (or acceptable substitutes) as well as a submitted portfolio that passes the administration’s estimation of an industry-standard skill set, along with the consulting and processing fee of $199 is all that is required to receive a diploma from the CPLC.

Nevertheless, students should be aware that unless they come from an abundantly experienced background, the nature of photography is such that one’s work improves dramatically over the years, and that the achieving of a ‘competitive standard’ in the quality of one’s photography is one involving tens of thousands of photos taken after learning the core principles of the trade, which is to say some amount of time and experience before the principles learned consistently translate into high-quality results.

We don’t see this as a negative, but rather as an ideal and goal to strive for, and so we encourage students to actively engage with the administration at the school during their attendance of courses, to gain feedback and direction, rather than to attend the courses and then submit a portfolio after the fact without being in touch beforehand. This is the reason for the price of the diploma, which accounts for access to the administration (working full-time photographers themselves) to gain such feedback, direction, and clarification on the principles and theories, as well as their practical application, to taking photos.

As such, our photography diploma program offers access to professional feedback, clarification, advice, and direction over the course of time it takes to earn the diploma.

Due to variations in production not all diploma will be exactly as shown. A decorative frame is shown for illustrative purposes only and will not be provided.