One Week Summer Intensive

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Program Duration

1 Week

Next Start Dates


So you have a DSLR camera, but you're not sure how to use it to take great photos? Come and learn the fundamentals with us here at VanArts for 5 full intensive days this summer, an excellent introduction to how we teach in our one-year program. Working with professional photographers on photo walks around Vancouver and in our top-floor studio space, you will learn the basics of composition, lighting, exposure, depth of field, and how to properly present your work.

We regret that our summer intensives will not be held in 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What You'll Learn

Course Info


Day 1: Discussions on exposure, colour balance, digital workflow, narrative, form/content, composition + Gastown Photo Walk
Day 2: Discussions on lighting + Studio Lighting Workshop with strobes & models
Day 3: Granville Island Photo Walk – Exercises & Problem Solving
Day 4: Review and Critique of Images (with Head of VanArts Photo Dept.) + Independent Study Photo Walk
Day 5: Final Studio Session, Review & Image Processing

By the end of the week, you will be fully confident in your ability to use your camera and know how far your creativity can take you.



Terms & Conditions

Please note: This program does not require approval under the Private Training Act (PTA). Students may not file a claim against the Student Tuition Protection Fund with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) regarding this program.

Terms & Conditions


  • Tuition is due in full at the time of registration.
  • Registering for more than one Summer Intensive program will reduce tuition by 10% per additional program (i.e., if you register for two Summer Intensive programs, tuition will be reduced by 10%; if you register for three, tuition will be reduced by 20%).
    To book additional programs and receive discount please contact or call 604 682 2787 x101 after you have registered for your first program.
  • Tuition is not protected by PTIB’s Student Tuition
    Protection Fund. For more information visit:
  • Tuition paid for a Summer Intensive program will be applied towards a student’s full-time program tuition if they register for the full-time diploma programs within one year of completing the Summer Intensive program.


  • In the event that VanArts cancels a Summer Intensive program, all registrants for that program will receive a full refund.
  • VanArts may cancel a Summer Intensive program if enrolments do not reach our minimum capacities.

Refund Policy

  • There is a non-refundable cancellation fee of 20% of the Summer Intensive program tuition.
  • Written notice of withdrawal to is required.
  • Non-attendance without written notice does not constitute eligibility for a refund.
  • Refunds of the full program tuition, less the 20% cancellation fee, will be granted up to seven calendar days before the start date of the Summer Intensive program.
  • No refunds will be granted less than seven days before the start date of the Summer Intensive program.



$650.00 CAD


$650.00 CAD

Additional Information

Must be 16 years of age or older.

International Students

Please note that letters of acceptance are not issued for part-time courses, that the course may be cancelled if student enrolment is low, and that we advise any international students signing up for part-time courses to only do so if they are currently residing in Vancouver or if this course is not their sole purpose for visiting.

Registration is Closed

Our full-time 12-month diploma programs are still open and accepting applications.