Special pricing has been secured to give you the best possible value on your camera purchase. For details and participating locations please review the Student Pricing document.
Students are required to purchase a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera in order to complete the course work and assignments in the Digital Photography program. The hardware, software and photographic equipment used in this program are needed to teach the advanced technology skills required in the workplace.
Media Equipment Loans in the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) have an inventory of accessories available for students enrolled in this program including:
- Studio lights
- Variety of specialty lenses made by Canon
Please note: the lenses will only fit Canon cameras so this should be a consideration when choosing your camera. MAD does not stock any lenses other than Canon for student lending.
As you begin to prepare for college, we wanted to inform you of special membership program with Canon Canada that allows you to shop at any authorized dealer for the best price and get discounts as a member of the Canon Student CPS Program. Membership gives students discounts on the dealer's best pricing for eligible equipment, at time of purchase. For complete details, please visit Canon Canada's website. A two year Student CPS membership is $50. For example, a member of the program gets an additional $350 discount on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105 lens. Pricing and discounts are subject to change. Please see Canon's site for details.
There are three recommended models of DSLR camera that you may consider and each will meet the academic requirements of your program.
- Our professors have extensive professional experience and recommend the Canon EOS 7D Mark II with 18-135mm lens (approx. $2149) as ideal for incoming students. Designed with advanced features and functions, this camera meets all the needs and expectations for this program. Students will seamlessly integrate into the workforce upon graduation, armed with the same tool used by many of our industry partners.
- Alternatively, students may wish to purchase a more professional camera with full frame capability and better low light performance. Our professors recommend the Canon EOS 5D Mark III with 24-105mm lens (approx. $3700). Although this camera costs more money, it will perform better, exceeding the demands of the program.
- Students with a limited budget will be able to complete the curriculum with the Canon EOS 80D with 18-55mm lens (approx. $1300) a high-end, consumer-grade camera. While this camera is adequate, it will limit students' ability to photograph images in low light or at a high-capture rate. Students will likely need to purchase a professional grade camera upon graduation if they intend to make photography their career.
For more information or questions regarding program technical requirements, please contact Oliver Fernandez, Photo and Video Support Specialist at Oliver.email@example.com, or 905.721.2000, ext. 2671.
Please note: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change.