Professional faculty, creative curriculum, and ample studio space and equipment provide a dynamic, supportive learning environment for Photography students at AUArts.



Studio facilities

Studio access hours

Photography students have dedicated, fully equipped lighting studios, a print lab facility, and critique spaces to produce, print and evaluate their work with guidance from faculty and technicians.

  • Photography studios and Syke Wall (seamless background), including introductory hot light studio and advanced strobe lights
  • Print lab facility with wide-format printers and soft proofing stations
  • Equipment cage with light kits, medium format cameras, tripods, and more
  • Dedicated program technicians
  • Student-run photo gallery (Nicole Creig Memorial Gallery)


AUArts’s Photography faculty are award winning, innovative educators who share their keen understanding of the changing and evolving world of photography with students in a stimulating, supportive environment. 

Permanent faculty & Limited Term Appointments

Mitch Kern

John Gaucher (LTA)

Sessional instructors

Greg Gerla

Neil Petrunia

Cathy Simone

Educational Art Technician


Student Experience

I am learning to work as a professional.

"The Photography program at AUArts takes a hands-on approach to teaching students the technique, aesthetics and conceptualization skills needed to create a cohesive body of work that establishes our personal signature in every image. The courses are taught by working photographers. This gives us a real world perspective as they are guided in their investigations and development of in Art and Commercial practices." - Shuo Li, 3rd year Photography major

The instructors have incredible insight.

"The photography course at AUArts has been the launching pad for my photographic practice. The instructors have incredible insight and know just how to push each individual student to create their best work. AUArts offers so many opportunities that are just waiting for you to take advantage of and these have really progressed my practice. It’s a lot of work but completely worth it." - Katie Mountford, Photography major


AUArts Photography alumni pursue careers in advertising, editorial, and the fine arts. Some of our incredible alumni include Marc Rimmer and Justin Poulsen.

Related Links

The Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators

Exposure Photo Festival 

AUArts Photo Department Current Students Facebook page

AUArts Photo Student & Alumni Facebook page

The Creig Gallery

The Society for Photographic Education

College Art Association

Photography program details

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