Photography Practicum

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Program Information

Nahanni McKay, photo by Anna Springate-Floch.

Overview

As part of the Photo Services team, Photography Practicum participants learn through exposure to a wide range of projects under the supervision and mentorship of Banff Centre staff and faculty.    

What does the program offer?

Practical skills are developed through exposure to all types of photography and to different areas of Banff Centre including the arts, leadership, mountain culture, and conference business.

This unique position allows each individual to gain real world experience in a high production environment where the quality of work and level of service are paramount. These skills will be applied in studio and on-location for diverse Banff Centre projects. The program strives to fill in the gaps left after formal education by providing a real-world work environment with training and skill building.    

Who should apply?

Do you have a keen interest in a career in photography, a willingness to learn, and a desire to broaden your experience? If yes, we'd love to hear from you! 

As well as being passionate about photography, applicants should have formal training/education in photography as well as an understanding of all the basics of composition and exposure, and lighting for studio and location. Applicants should be familiar with a variety of cameras and have experience using Photoshop or other image processing programs.

Although participation in this program will enhance the technical skills of any photographer, those interested in pursuing a career in commercial photography will find this program especially valuable. Strong communication skills both verbally and in writing are essential. 

Photographers from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with a special invitation to individuals of Indigenous descent.

Eligibility

As this program exceeds six months in length, enrolment is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. This is due to changes made by the Government of Canada to international student visa regulations, effective June 1, 2014. 

What's Included

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You are eligible for Banff Centre housing (based on availability). You are responsible for your own room and board costs. Current rates for Banff Centre accommodation are $8.06 / day (shared) or $16.12 / day (single) and will be deducted from your living allowance. 

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You will receive a living allowance of $61 per day.

Note that financial assistance and stipend awards are considered taxable income for Revenue Canada.  

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Your program fee includes free access to the swimming pool, climbing gym, and fitness suite as well as discounted rates for classes at the Sally Borden Fitness and Recreation Centre.

Paul D. Fleck Library and ArchivesRead MoreClose

Access a wide range of publications, books, music, and films in the Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, open six days a week.

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Enjoy special artist rates for ticketed performances or complimentary access to events.

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Enrich your experience and get to know other artists on campus by taking advantage of the activities and support provided by our Participant Resources team.

Fees & Financial Assistance

Weekly Tuition Fee
$230.44
Daily Living Allowance
$61.00
Tuition Fee with Financial Assistance*
$0.00

Application fee: $65

Indigenous applicants: $35

*The Tuition fee is covered 100% by financial assistance from Banff Centre.

Successful applicants will receive a daily living allowance while part of the program. Practicums are responsible for their own room and board costs but are eligible for subsidized Banff Centre housing based on availability (see What's Included for more information).

How to Apply

Resume

A resume or C.V. describing academic, professional, and other relevant experience.

Portfolio

Upload 10 samples of your work that best represents your photographic practice while also demonstrating your technical skill sets. Please include a description of the work, title, date created, mediums, and size.

Personal statement

Outline what you would like to achieve during your program. Please explain how your participation in the Photography Practicum program will support your future career goals (point form, max. 250 words).

References

Contact details for two referees, including email and telephone numbers. Applicants should include one photographic/academic reference and one from a previous employer.

List of Technical Skills

Provide an outline that describes the technical skills in which you have acquired intermediate to advanced knowledge:

  • Intermediate = have completed an introductory course of study in the medium 
  • Advanced = have worked with this medium in a significant capacity and produced a body of work demonstrated in my portfolio submissions.

 

You may highlight any additional skills outside of this specialized medium of study in which you have achieved intermediate to advanced proficiency. 

Adjudication

Participants are short-listed on the basis of their application materials and the likelihood that their artistic practice will benefit from the program. 

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed, and all applicants will be notified of their status approximately eight to 10 weeks following the application deadline.

All programs, faculty, dates, fees, and offers of financial assistance are subject to change. Program fee is subject to applicable taxes. Non-refundable fees and deposits will be retained upon cancellation. Any other fees are refunded at the discretion of the Banff Centre. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Mountain Standard Time.

Contact the Registrar

For questions on preparing your application, please contact the Office of the Registrar:

Toll Free Number (Canada + USA)
1.800.565.9989