Call for Applications: Diploma Program and Artist Residency

The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa
is now accepting applications for the full-time
Diploma Program and Artist Residency!


SPAO’s Photographic Arts and Production program is the only 2-year photographic arts diploma program in all of Canada. It is one of the most unique opportunities in North America to cultivate individual vision and craft, acquire comprehensive analogue and digital photography skills, and develop a broad understanding of photographic theory and history.

SPAO’s full-time program offers students an intensive, community-oriented and collaborative learning experience. Evaluated in large part through their performance, students are educated in a workshop environment designed to support the school’s motto: Vision, Content, Craft.

For details on the program or application process, visit or call 613-562-3824 or email

Part-time classes are also offered each semester; please visit our part-time studies page to view our current offerings.


The School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) invites applications for the fall session of the Artist in Residence for Photographers and Photo-Based Artists.

This extended photographic mentorship and residency is one of the most unique residencies of its kind. It has been designed for visual artists who have previously completed formal training in visual arts and/or lens-based media and are ready to intensely focus on an aspect of their existing career or on a specific upcoming project. As a self-directed residency, artists are afforded the time and environment needed to research, experiment, and produce a body of work as a professional working artist.

Surrounded by an immersive photographic community, artists are given access to SPAO’s studio and multi-format darkroom for both silver gelatin and alternative printmaking. Industry standard lighting, ink jet printmaking facilities and a selection of 35mm, medium and large format cameras are also available at reasonable additional costs. Residents may also be invited to participate in SPAO’s instructional courses, programming and guest lectures.

Research Resources
A wide range of Ottawa-based institutions offer rich photography collections and research resources, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Canadian Institute of Photography, Library and Archives Canada, the City of Ottawa Archives and Art Collection, and the Canada Council’s Art Bank.

Through the guidance of SPAO’s Residency Coordinator, this immersive experience will culminate in an exhibition of the artist’s work, a public talk or in the production of a catalog or photo book.


  • Autumn start – Oct – May (inclusive)
  • Winter start – Jan – Aug (inclusive)

How to Apply
For information on eligibility, cost, funding opportunities and application requirements visit, email or call 613-562-3824