Available as a two-year program
Want to learn more about this program? Join us on Saturday, March 20 at 1 pm for a live Multi-platform Content Creator Program Panel webinar via Zoom.
"I make 100% of my living as a freelance photographer, shooting for international editorial clients such as the New York Times, Newsweek, Time, Rolling Stone, Maclean’s and the Globe and Mail. Through Loyalist’s program I was introduced to professionals in the business who make it happen, and was allowed a sense of freedom and creativity to be the photographer that I wanted to be."
- Photojournalism 2001
- Freelance photographer and author
"I did the full two years of the Photojournalism diploma program at Loyalist, which was instrumental in the way I have developed my work. The professors taught us how to do captions, shoot features, write news stories, as well as doing video and photography, which gives us such a well-rounded expertise that we can take and apply to so many things."
- Photojournalism – 2015
- Independent documentary photographer
"Having graduated from the New York Institute of Photography, I found out about the Loyalist College Photojournalism program and registered as soon as I could. I enjoy this program so much, love it even. All my professors are very knowledgeable, encouraging and supportive."
- Photojournalism student
"It’s like we’re in a real newsroom. We have computers, live news going on, people coming in and out with story ideas. Because we’re in a newsroom with other students, we’re able to bounce ideas off of each other, give good feedback, and also push each other to pursue a story."
- Photojournalism student
Two-year Ontario College Diploma
- Start Date
September entry; Advanced standing for applicants with related diploma or degree (PHJF)
Find your career
Intensive training in Canada’s only multi-year Photojournalism program gives Loyalist graduates a competitive advantage as photojournalists, reporter-photographers, multimedia producers and editors, picture and assignment editors, freelance photojournalists and photographers, and digital publishing specialists.
Working across Canada in news organizations, ranging from the biggest dailies to smaller weekly newspapers, wire services, websites and other publications.
Is it for you?
People who thrive in Photojournalism come from different backgrounds. They are usually described as:
- Inquisitive, curious
- Visually oriented
Our grads get great jobs
- Photographer/Reporter, Postmedia Network Inc.
- Photo Editor, The Canadian Press
- Photographer, The Toronto Star
- Reporter/Photographer, The Record
- Photographer/Editor, Maclean’s
- Videographer/Editor, Maclean's, Rogers Media
Award-winning grads & students
2019 National Pictures of the Year Awards:
Photojournalist of the Year
- Winner – Ben Nelms (2010) – CBC
- Finalist – Darren Calabrese (2005) – Independent
Student Photographer of the Year
- Alex Filipe (2020)
2017 World Press Photo Awards:
- Giovanni Capriotti placed first in the Sports Stories category
- Darren Calabrese placed third in the Sports Stories category
To view examples of student work, please visit loyalistcollegephotojournalism.ca.
Get a well-rounded set of skills through hands-on learning in our Digital Media Centre:
- Learn how to create cross-platform content, photograph and write stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, professional and timely manner to meet client needs for a variety of audiences.
- Work independently and collaborate as a member of an editorial and/or production team to develop and critique stories and content to meet the needs of various audiences.
- Develop strategies for personal and professional development to gain and update technical and non-technical skills required to work in the media industry.
- Gain experience with production equipment to prepare and distribute and/or publish content for designated media platforms.
- Comply with relevant Canadian legislation, standards and the principles and best practices of journalism.
- Interpret and express the context for designated publications and/or productions to meet client needs for a variety of audiences.
Finish your studies with a four-week field placement:
- Learn on the job with a 140-hour placement with a magazine, newspaper, website, wire service, photo agency, or an editorial photographer.
- Students have done placements at the Canadian Press, the Toronto Sun, the Ottawa Citizen, the Ottawa Sun, the Calgary Herald, the Windsor Star, the Montreal Gazette, the Record, Reuters, Outpost Magazine and Vue Picture Agency.
faculty make the difference
- Learn from respected photojournalists.
- A well-connected, broad-based advisory committee helps connect students with jobs.
- First Year - Semester One
- MEDI1026 Audio Content Creation 1
- A spectrum of audio content is introduced so that students can begin to assemble a tool kit of hardware and software options.
- COMM1079 Communication for Career Success
- In this course, students will develop effective communication skills as an important element in their careers, whether it be within an organization, as a freelancer, or as a content creation entrepreneur.
- MEDI1028 Industry Focus 1
- In this course, students will explore the issues and emerging trends in the media industry.
- WRIT1024 Media Writing 1
- The fundamentals of writing to inform, enlighten, and entertain audiences are covered in this course that covers a range of media.
- MEDI1027 Multimedia Storytelling 1
- Students will mix media using appropriate software to tell convincing and multi-dimensional stories.
- MEDI1033 Visual Content Creation 1
- The essential elements of visuals - video and stills - are put into practice and students will use a range of equipment, depending on the story being told and the audience.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- First Year - Semester Two
- MEDI1030 Audio Content Creation 2
- The audio tool kit options will increase as students advance their skills in sound-based stories.
- ETHI1018 Ethics and Current Affairs
- The complexity of issues and current events affecting content creators will be the focus of this course, helping students to reflect on multiple ethical perspectives.
- MEDI1032 Industry Focus 2
- Students will continue to explore the media industry and begin to identify their own career paths.
- WRIT1025 Media Writing 2
- Students will create an array of fiction and non-fiction formatted scripts, copy, and commentary for various media uses.
- MEDI1031 Multimedia Storytelling 2
- Using visual and audio assets, students will build their multimedia skills to tell and publish stories of increased complexity.
- MEDI1029 Visual Content Creation 2
- Students will continue to weave convincing visuals and layer on post-production skills to tell stories to a range of audiences.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Three
- PHOT2000 Freelancing, Portfolio and Web Presence
- Students will adopt necessary freelance and marketing skills, specific to photojournalism. Alongside these business skills, students will build a portfolio (stills, multimedia, and writing) throughout the semester and will present their unique photojournalism brand at the end of the term using their own personal website.
- PHOT2001 Intro to Documentary
- The Intro to Documentary course emphasizes the planning and execution of picture stories and photo essays. Students will develop a varied visual approach and apply it to their storytelling. Improving their portfolio is emphasized.
- PHOT2005 Lighting for Photojournalists
- This course is an introduction to the techniques of field lighting using portable flash units. The techniques of using bounce light, multiple flash with slave units, and fill flash combined with ambient sources are covered.
- PHOT2002 Multimedia for Photojournalists
- This is an advanced course in video storytelling. Building on skills learned in Semester 1, this hands-on course will further explore the tools and software used in multimedia photojournalistic storytelling. Students will be challenged to use these tools to tell more complex narratives.
- PHOT2003 News and Feature Photography
- This course in editorial photography includes news, feature, and sports photography content, using a variety of lenses and techniques.
- PHOT2004 Photo Editing
- This is an advanced course in the decision-making process of photojournalistic editing. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of editing situations from self-editing to editing the work of others, with an emphasis on the thought processes involved in both.
- WRIT2006 Writing for Photojournalists 1
- This course is tailored to the news and feature writing needs of photojournalists. The marriage of words and pictures for maximum impact as a communication tool is covered.
- GNED General Education Elective
- General Education Courses
- Second Year - Semester Four
- PHOT2007 Daily Assignment Photography
- This is an intensive, same-day deadline-oriented course, providing students with reality-based experiences similar to freelance photojournalism assignments or those given by a daily newspaper, website or magazine. Improving a student's portfolio is emphasized.
- WKPL2064 Field Placement
- Students will spend four weeks at a newspaper, magazine, agency, or elsewhere in the print and electronic journalism industry. The placement host will assess the student's performance, ability, and attitude in collaboration with faculty.
- PROF2041 Field Placement Preparation
- Students will research and secure their own placement, supported by faculty. This course will prepare students for a workplace experience.
- PHOT2006 Photojournalism Publishing Project
- Using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Spark, students will be introduced to publishing stories using their own content and will further build their online and hard-copy marketing materials and brand.
- PHOT2008 Publication Lab-The Pioneer
- Alongside each other, students will produce The Photojournalism Pioneer, a weekly, award-winning online publication. In this culminating learning experience, students are tasked with putting into practice all of the aspects of the "triple-threat skill set" of photography, writing, and multimedia production, in a real-world setting.
- WRIT2007 Writing for Photojournalists 2
- Students will continue to explore the relationship between images and words as they create integrated news and feature pieces for publication.
*Courses subject to change.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.
- Algoma University – B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Athabasca University – Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
- Brock University – various*
- Davenport University – Bachelor of Arts in General Business
- Griffith University – Bachelor of Photography
- Lakehead University – various*
- Laurentian University – various*
- Laurier Brantford – any honours program
- Nipissing University – various*
- Royal Roads University – Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
- Seneca College – Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- Ontario Tech University – B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology
- University of Waterloo – various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
- York University – various*
*Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
Post-grad at Loyalist
- Graduates from the Photojournalism program are encouraged to apply to the Public Relations – Event Management post-graduate certificate program at Loyalist
- Students must apply through ontariocolleges.ca
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2020 – 21)
- Domestic Tuition: $2,722.08
- Full-Time Ancillary Fees:* $1,462.43
- Total: $4,184.43
- Students should be prepared to spend approximately $3,500 on the purchase digital SLR camera equipment at the start of the program.
Additional costs, such as supplies, travel and parking, may be incurred during workplace visits, etc.
*Please visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a list of the many services, activities and items included within the ancillary fees, and the related policies.
Equipment and supplies
Students entering the first year of the program must have a full-function digital SLR camera, as described in the equipment list. For required camera details, please refer to the Photojournalism Equipment and Supply List, mailed to each student when their application is received by the College. You can also download the list as a PDF file: Photojournalism Equipment List
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
- Computer laptop with program-specific software package(s). Specific computer requirements will be recommended.
- Full-function digital SLR camera.
- A College vehicle is available for use on assignment by students with a G-level driver’s license and Driver Abstract (insurance provided).
Recommended academic preparation
- Computer literacy, basic photography, current events, history, geography and public speaking.
Advanced Standing (PHJF)
- Applicants with a degree, diploma, or journalism experience can apply for advanced standing to graduate in just two semesters (8 months). Students should apply by April 30.
- Qualified students with prior post-secondary education may apply for advanced standing in January. Applicants are accepted through Nov. 30. Limited seats are competitive, based on a portfolio submission and interview.
- Applicants must have prior post-secondary education and be prepared to demonstrate competency in the basics of photography and journalism, based upon the outcomes in semesters one and two.
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
All teaching within Loyalist College is conducted in English. In order to be successful in a program, skills such as communication, listening, comprehension, and reading and writing must be at a level sufficient to meet the demands of post-secondary studies. All applicants to Loyalist College whose first language is not English, or whose previous education was in another language, will be expected to provide an English proficiency assessment for admissions approval. For more information, please click here.
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In the News
The Belleville Local
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Ontario Community Newspapers Association
2015 Graduate Annie Sakkab is NPAC's Student Photographer of the Year (2014)
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2011 student Michelle Siu received News Photographers Association of Canada’s (NPAC) Photograph of the Year (2014) award
Oshawa, Ontario – November 9, 2014: "Thalidomide victim Bernadette Bainbridge, 52, has seal-like hands, one ear, partial facial paralysis and is completely reliant on her elderly parents." - Michelle Siu
Julia McKay wins Award of Excellence for spot news
Loyalist Photojournalism 2013 grad Julia McKay was the recipient of an Award of Excellence in the Spot News category in the 68th CPOY Photojournalism Competition. The winning image was made on her hour-long drive home to Kingston from Loyalist in January of 2013. Julia is now a staffer at the Kingston Whig Standard in Kingston, Ontario. Julia was also awarded the Paul Henry Award for commitment and dedication to spot news coverage while at Loyalist.
Hannah Yoon wins Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award
Photojournalism student Hannah Yoon won the prestigious Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award for 2014. Click here to see the full press release from the Canadian Journalism Foundation, which co-sponsors the award with the Canadian Press.This is the first time the award has gone to a student still in school. View Hannah’s submitted portfolio: See Portfolio
Photojournalism Student Work: Watch video
Throughout our two years at Loyalist College as photojournalism students, there have been a group of resilient yeasayers who have acted as an integral part of our development as photojournalists. Continually, members of the Belleville community accept eager, sometimes timid, budding photographers into their stores to photograph them working, take a portrait or simply get advice or contacts<