I was thinking of taking Continuinng Education (CE) courses at either Sheridan or Humber at night. I cannot enroll to full time programs due to my day job. After all photography is a hobby and passion for me; I do not pretend it to be my career per say, but who knows.
So ZVON, it looks like I will be taking your same courses in Humber. I know that Humber has older equipment and that they are more Nikon oriented (they use D200 and D300), and Sheridan is more Canon oriented and have nicer lights and new equipment. I really don't care much about this since I already have nice equipment of my own, and they both allow you to use it in the classes.
Humber Certificate in Photographic Techniques:
- 6 courses to get the certificate
- 2 mandatory courses (Digital Photography 1 and 2)
- 4 elective courses (I like Portrait Photography 1, 2,3, Photographic Lighting, Fashion Photographer)
Sheridan Commercial Photography Certificate
- 10 courses to get the certificate
- 4 mandatory (Photography Digital Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Theory and History of Photography)
- 6 elective courses (I like Picturing People, Portraiture and Algonquin Digital Workshop; I don't care much about Wedding Photography so it will be hard to chose the other 3).
So the PROs of Sheridan for me:
- I am an alumni there so I am familiar with the college
- Davis campus is the closest from home
- Cheaper individual courses
- Better equipment and Canon oriented
CONs of Sheridan:
- Trafalgar campus is quite far away from my home (and it's sure I will need to take some courses there)
- 10 courses to get the certificate which means more money at the end
- Only 3 out of 6 electives sound appealing to me, plus 1 compulsory (History of Photography) sounds like a very empirical course.
PROs of Humber:
- 6 courses to get the diploma so cheaper at the end.
- I like all the electives (I would even have to decide 2 between Lighting, Portraiture 3 and Fashion Photographer)
- Closer than Trafalgar campus.
CONs of Humber:
- Older equipment and Nikon oriented.
- Farther than Davis campus.
- More expensive individual courses.
- A little bit less reputation than Sheridan in the Photography program (but this could be for the full time diplomas and not the CE certificates).
So having evaluated all the PROs and CONs, I decided to give Humber a shot. I talked to the program coordinator and even if they promote Nikon more, he said I am welcome to bring my Canon 40D and learn with it (there is no way I am switching to the darks side just for the courses..LOL).
Sheridan might have a more recognized full time program for photography but CE courses might be different. Like I said having being an ex-alumni there and having been in full time and CE courses I can attest that the quality of teachers you get from full time programs to CE courses is night and day; so that made it easier for me to decide upon Humber.