This course can be applied toward a program:

Online: Self-Paced

Great photos don’t just happen. A good photographer is able to build a compelling photo by composing the elements in the frame in very particular ways for specific purposes. In this course, you learn the core concepts of how to frame your shots, including applying the rule of thirds; using leading lines to draw the eye; incorporating texture, shadows, repetition and contrast to add interest and drama; and applying colour theory to capture and hold the attention of the viewer.

Average commitment per module: 3+ hours. Total course commitment: 15+ hours.

When to Register

If you’re registering for the Spring 2023 term (January - April), the registration period is:

  • January 9 to 29

You’ll be able to access the online classroom one to two business days after you register. Once you enrol in the online classroom, you’ll have 90 days to complete the course. During these 90 days, you’ll have access to all courses materials as well as the mentor.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Articulate the feature you want to capture in an image and emphasize it
  • Compose a balanced image by changing perspective or modifying the elements of a scene
  • Tell a story using techniques such as framing to suggest a narrative
  • Apply the rule of thirds in a variety of contexts
  • Incorporate elements of repetition, texture, shadow, contrast, and leading lines to increase the appeal of an image
  • Apply colour theory to compose a visually pleasing image


Module 1: Workflow and Rule of Thirds

Module 2: Find It and Emphasize It

Module 3: Posing Humans

Module 4: Visual Toolkit

Module 5: Balance, Mood, What Makes an Image Pleasing


Evaluation Method


Required Materials

  • Learner must have access to a digital SLR camera
  • High-speed internet (at least 25 Mbps download speed) – click here for more information

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North Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V7L 0G5
604 984 4901


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