Professional faculty, creative curriculum, and ample studio space and equipment provide a dynamic, supportive learning environment for Photography students at ACAD.

Programs

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Studio facilities

Studio access hours

Photography students have dedicated, fully equipped lighting studios, a print lab facility, and critique spaces to produce, print and evaluate their work with guidance from faculty and technicians.

  • Photography studios and Syke Wall (seamless background), including introductory hot light studio and advanced strobe lights
  • Print lab facility with wide-format printers and soft proofing stations
  • Equipment cage with light kits, medium format cameras, tripods, and more
  • Dedicated program technicians
  • Student-run photo gallery (Nicole Creig Memorial Gallery)

Faculty

ACAD’s Photography faculty are award winning, innovative educators who share their keen understanding of the changing and evolving world of photography with students in a stimulating, supportive environment. 

Permanent faculty

Mitch Kern

Justin Waddell

Ann Mansolino

Sessional instructors

Olga Chagaoutdinova

John Gaucher

Greg Gerla

Nancy Nisbet

Neil Petrunia

Cathy Simone

Jason Stang

Kristine Thoreson

Technicians

Dean McLean

Student Experience

I am learning to work as a professional.

"The Photography program at ACAD takes a hands-on approach to teaching students the technique, aesthetics and conceptualization skills needed to create a cohesive body of work that establishes our personal signature in every image. The courses are taught by working photographers. This gives us a real world perspective as they are guided in their investigations and development of in Art and Commercial practices." - Shuo Li, 3rd year Photography major

The instructors have incredible insight.

"The photography course at ACAD has been the launching pad for my photographic practice. The instructors have incredible insight and know just how to push each individual student to create their best work. ACAD offers so many opportunities that are just waiting for you to take advantage of and these have really progressed my practice. It’s a lot of work but completely worth it." - Katie Mountford, Photography major

Alumni

ACAD Photography alumni pursue careers in advertising, editorial, and the fine arts. Some of our incredible alumni include Marc Rimmer and Justin Poulsen.

Related Links

The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators

Exposure Photo Festival 

ACAD Photo Department Current Students Facebook page

ACAD Photo Student & Alumni Facebook page

The Creig Gallery

The Society for Photographic Education

College Art Association

Photography program details

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