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jvanwees Feb 14, 2009 9:40 PM


I would like to take some online photography courses & am even considering trying to get a photography diploma or degree online.There is little offered where I live in the way of photography classes. Can anyone recommend a good online photography school or a reputable website that offers photography classes? I came across one called the Academy of Art University which offers degrees in photography& have to call them for more info next week. Is anyone familiar with them? There are also some courses offered by but I don't know oh good they are. Does anyone know of other sites or schools where you can complete photography classes totally online? I am in Canada so would prefer something Canadian if possible or U.S. otherwise.

Your help would be appreciated. Thanks,


VTphotog Feb 15, 2009 10:54 AM

I am not familiar with the sites you mention, so can't really offer any advice on them. I would, however, suggest you contact your Provincial university to find out if it offers online courses you are interested in. If your Povince doesn't have what you are looking for, one of the others might. When looking for employment, or advertising your expertise for business purposes, a degree or course completion from an established university carries more weight than an online course from someone your prospective customer or employer has likely never heard of.


jvanwees Feb 15, 2009 2:20 PM

I can't find any courses from Canadian universities or colleges that are offered online and don't want to sign up for any from somewhere else unless I know they are a reputable place and the courses are worthwhile.

VTphotog Feb 15, 2009 10:04 PM

There are several accredited schools and universities offering online courses here in the U.S., including Uof Phoenix, NY, etc. Many of them do require at least some personal attendence in order to obtain a degree, though. In Canada, the only link I was able to locate, was this:

Some of the provincial community colleges also seem to have online courses. Keep looking. Maybe some of our other members can provide you with some information about reliablity of the ones you mention, as well as others.


mtngal Feb 16, 2009 2:29 PM

I know that UCLA Extension offers some on-line photography courses, though no certificates in Photography. While I've never taken one of their courses (I will one of these days), I know that they are legit. They don't offer degrees - they do more continuing education and certificate programs but they are associated with UCLA. . It's not exactly in Canada, though...

wedding_nut Mar 14, 2009 8:47 PM

I am currently enrolled as a student with The New York Institute of Photography in their Professional Photography course.

It is a degree program done entirely from home, and their diploma is recognized here in Canada!

I am an entirely self-taught wedding photographer, and decided to take a home course to upgrade my skills. I've been working at it for about a month now, and I've noticed a DRAMATIC improvement in my work :-)

You should check them out. I don't think you will be disappointed! I tried ICS and Stratford Career Institue, and both are garbage courses that don't teach you anything.

Hope this helps :cool:

jvanwees Mar 16, 2009 9:36 AM

Is it for digital cameras? Can you tell me a bit about the type of things you are learning & the assignments? I received a brochure from them but found that it doesn't give that much information. There is an outline of the digital photography course & it is basically just on choosing a digital camera & scanner & using photoshop but has nothing on actually taking photos.

wedding_nut Mar 16, 2009 12:41 PM

It is for both digital and film cameras. I'm only on unit 2 so far, but I have studied everything from training your eye, to cameras, lenses, DOF, Freezing motion, Panning, just to name a few. The topic I am currently on is about film...something you should know anyway even if you are strictly digital, like me.

You have exams to do after each unit, and at least 3 photo assignments per.

I love's exactly what I have been looking for. The training discs are great, and I can't say enough about it!

wedding_nut Mar 16, 2009 12:42 PM

Oh one more thing: The information you have is for the wrong course. You need the Complete Course in Professional Photography.

jvanwees Mar 16, 2009 1:40 PM

Thanks for the info. I found a list of the topics covered for the professional course on the US website (it isn't on the Canadian one) & called them to find out the cost of the course. Keep us posted on how the rest of the course goes. If I do sign up it probably won't be until mid May or so as I am going on holidays next week & will be away again the first week of May. By then all of our snow should be melted & it will be more fun to take pictures outside.

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