Chiara Raguso Directed Water

Hawai'i Art Photography

Take your photography to the next level!

This group study will combine introductory level art composition and panorama photography in a unique way to capture the Hawaiian Islands. In this program, led by award winning photographer, Denis Gadbois, you can look forward to photographing the breathtaking landscape of the Big Island. You will become familiar with digital photography and artistic composition, and develop the technical skills necessary to produce quality photographic images. From lush tropical forest to wonderful shorelines, and from sea level waterfalls to 4204 meters view of the world, Hawaii’s beauty offers a wide variety of landscape and street photography to engage photographers of any skill level!

Professor Gadbois’ research focuses on art photography and 360VR photography and has an international reputation in this field. He recently finished second in the Pro Built Environment category in what is considered the Olympics of panorama competition: The EPSON International Panorama Awards

You can check out his 360-degree photography at these two locations for virtual tours:

Key information




Spring 2023

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application Status



Application deadline

Limited space still available! First come first considered for remaining spaces.

Eligibility requirements

This program is open to students from all majors. See the Eligibility section below for more details.

Information sessions

Session 1:  October 5 at noon, on zoom

Session 2: October 24 at 4pm in AB 672

Student Experience


Students on the 2022 program

Chiara Raguso

Dolly Garcia

Group photo from 2022

Dolly Garcia

For program information, please contact
Dr. Denis Gadbois at

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at

Other useful links:

October 5 info session

Program details

Questions about these courses should be directed to the program instructor.

Please note: course descriptions are tentative and subject to change.

  1. Courses offered

    Students must take all 3 courses:

    Art 235: Introduction to Photography (3 units)

    Art 340: Panorama and 360 Virtual Reality Photography (3 units)

    Art 513.40: Directed Study (3 units)


  2. Prerequisites

    This program is open to all majors. Good academic standing is required. Final permissions will be given by the instructor for this program.

  1. Pre-departure

    March or April (date TBD): Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs

    May 4-5 and 8-10, 2023 9:30 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM-3:30 PM, Academic pre-sessions (camera and software focus) at UCalgary

  2. In-field

    May 12: Travelling Calgary to Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
    May 13: Hilo, Street Photography
    May 14: Isaac Ale Park, Volcano devastation area
    May 15: Kona, Cityscape 
    May 16: Hilo, Local Focus course base activity
    May 17: Volcano National park, Field Trip
    May 18: Botanic Garden, 360 VR and macrophotography
    May 19: Mauna Loa, Night Photography High elevation  
    May 20: Kahakai Park
    May 21: Black sand beach, 2 hours walk to an amazing natural black sand beach
    May 22: Hilo, Local Focus course base activity
    May 23: Pu'ukohola Heiau, Historical Culture Hawaii Tour 
    May 24: Hilo, Completing work
    May 25: Hilo, Completing work and closing dinner
    May 26: Hilo- Calgary

    For a comprehensive program itinerary, please click here

  3. Post-field

    Students in Art 513 will have post fieldwork as assigned by the instructor. Please email for more details and immediate answers to your questions. 

  1. Costs

    The estimated cost of the Hawaii Photo Art Group Study Program will include tuition, airfare, field trips, local transportation, accommodations, and meals. The program cost is $6600.

    For the full cost breakdown and payment deadlines, please see the program Student Cost Summary.

    Important information regarding deposit payments: Deposits are non-refundable. Deposits secure your space in the program and allows payment for logistical arrangements to be made in advance.

  2. Funding

    International Study Travel Grant: Students studying abroad may be eligible for the University of Calgary's International Study Travel Grant. For more information on eligibility, application details and deadlines please click here.

    Faculty of Arts Group Study Program (GSP) Scholarships (for GSP participants) and Faculty of Arts Student Study Abroad Scholarships (for other international programs) - up to 10 awards of $1000 each! Application not currently open. Details to come. 

    Schulich Student Activity Fund: All Schulich students are also encouraged to take advantage of the Schulich Student Activity Fund (SSAF). For more information, please click here.

    Student loans: If you qualify for student loans, your program should qualify. We are able to provide you with a letter confirming your participation in the program for funding purposes. Please email to request a letter.

    Please note that eligibility for student loans is determined by your loans provider.

    NEW! Global Access Fund - up to 10 student per year and up to $5500 per person. This "funding first" model allows students to apply by October 28 and know their funding results before applying to a program. Economically disadvantaged students, first-in-family to attend university, Indigenous, LGBTQ2S+ students, students with disabilities and visible/racialized minority students are strongly encouraged to apply. 

All accommodations will be safe, clean and appropriate for student groups.

This program is open to undergraduate students who are in good academic standing.

After submitting your complete application, please expect to be contacted by the instructor for a brief conversation/interview .

  1. Statement of Purpose

    Please tell us why you want to study abroad, why you have selected this particular program (academic reasons, personal interest, career prospects, etc.), how this program will meet your academic objectives and/or complement your degree, how you plan to finance your program and why you should be selected.

    The Statement of Purpose is submitted within your online application (max 500 words).

    Note: Because the online application will time out after one hour, we recommend that you compose your statement of purpose in advance in Word to check for spelling, grammar and word count, and then paste it into the online application.

  2. Unofficial Transcript

    1. Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre. Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.
    2. Submit your transcript through your online application with your statement of purpose. 


Please ensure that you have read the Group Study Program General FAQs thoroughly before applying.


Program-Specific FAQs

Q: Are students allowed to share photography equipment on this program?
A: Yes, sharing of equipment is permitted. However, the individuals sharing equipment are responsible for any risks or possible damage to equipment as a result. 

Experiencing the beautiful Polynesian culture [of Hawai’i] and its wonders is amazing in every way. I have also formed relationships with wonderful people on the trip. This is a perfect trip for you if you love traveling and photography!!


Past Hawai’i Program Participant

Getting started

Program-Specific Info Sessions

Info sessions are scheduled for every Group Study Program. Attending an info session is not required to apply, but strongly recommended as it will give you an opportunity to meet the instructor and learn more about the travel experience.

We also recommend watching Global Learning 101 for general information.

Watch Global Learning 101

Global Learning Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Global Learning Advisors by emailing or booking an appointment through the link below.

1. Select "Advising"
2. Select “Study Abroad”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select your program advisor to view available times.

Book an appointment

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how a Group Study Program might align with your degree.

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.