Frequently Asked Questions
How does PrairieView's program compare to others?
Choosing the right school is key to your success. We believe that after you evaluate all of your options, you'll agree that PrairieView is the obvious choice. So take a look at our curriculum, read about our graduates and see what students have to say about PrairieView. You can also visit us at the school or just give us a call. We'd be happy to speak to you about the program.
When does the course start and finish?
The Professional Photography program runs once a year from September to April. Classes are Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.
How much does the course cost?
PrairieView's Diploma Program is among the most affordable courses of its kind in North America. The table below shows the various fees. No G.S.T or P.S.T. charges apply.
Registration Fee $225.00
Manitoba PVI T.C.F. $84.00
Notes: You may be eligible for Student loans or other financial assistance. For more information contact Student Aid at 204-945-6321 or visit their website. Fees may be tax deductible. Students are issued T22 tax receipts that may be used for educational deductions on personal income tax forms.
What about student loans?
PrairieView is registered with Manitoba Student Loans as a designated school. Students may be eligible for loans. For more information contact the Student Aid at 204 945-6321 or visit their website.
Are my tuition fees refundable if I cannot continue with the course?
Yes. A written notice of withdrawal is required and refund amounts are determined in accordance with The Private Vocational Schools Act of Manitoba.
Are my tuition fees tax deductible?
PrairieView issues T22 tax receipts that may be used for educational deductions on personal income tax forms.
Who teaches the classes?
Our instructors are professional photographers, artists and photographic industry insiders. For an up-to-date list, see our faculty page.
What prerequisites do I need?
To be eligible for the Diploma program you must have successfully completed grade 12 (through secondary school or GED) and be fluent in English, both oral and written. If you have a genuine interest in photography and are eager to reach your full potential as a an image maker, we will be more than happy to help you reach your goals.
What equipment do I need?
You will need a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera capable of recording still images and video. You will also need at least one lens for it. We recommend starting with a mid-range model such as the Canon EOS 60D or EOS 7D or the Nikon D7000 orD300s and a variable focal length lens.
You will also need a film SLR camera capable of metering in a manual exposure mode and at least one lens for it. Classic cameras like the Pentax K1000, Nikon FE or Canon AE1 with a 50mm lens are excellent, affordable choices.
We have a modern computer lab with Macintosh computers running the latest versions of Adobe Photoshop CS and Lightroom. But you will need to bring your own external hard drive (Mac-compatible) that has an independent power supply and at least 500 GB of storage space. Students are not required to use a Mac at home (though it is recommended) since all the Adobe software we teach is also available for PC's running Windows.
During the year, you may want to add to your kit by investing in a second hard drive, an on-camera flash, additional lenses better suited to their developing specialities and a sturdy tripod such as the Slik 500 DX or Manfrotto 190.
If you would like more advice on what gear to purchase we now offer personalized gear buying advice and solutions through our ViewFinder store located right in the school.
Do your other classes and workshops count for credit in the Diploma Program?
No. Our evening and weekend courses and workshops do not fall under the administration of Private Vocational Institutions Manitoba and therefore do not count for credit towards the Diploma in Professional Photography course.