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 2022

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application Status



Application deadline


Eligibility requirements

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

Information sessions

Zoom Session 1: September 22 at noon. Register here

Zoom Session 2: October 20 at 4pm. Register here

Info Session

Info Session from Sept 22, 2021

Student Experience

Trees and students
image of Hawaiian sunset

Denis Jacques Gadbois

For program information, please contact
Dr. Denis Gadbois at dgadbois@ucalgary.ca

For application and registration support, please contact the Group Study Team at group.study@ucalgary.ca

Other useful links:

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 3 courses:

    Option A

    Art 235: Introduction to Photography (3 units)

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

    Art 513.62: Directed Study (3 units)


    Option B for students who have already taken Art 235

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

    Art 513.62: Directed Study (3 units)

    Art 513.70: Directed Study (3 units)

    Students who may have already taken Art 235 can apply but this course will be replaced by an additional directed studies (art 513)  i.e. art 340 and two Art 513.


  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

    May (date TBD): Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs

    May 26 and May 30 - June 2, 2022 9:30 AM-12:00 PM & 1:00 PM-3:30 PM, Academic pre-sessions (camera and software focus) at UCalgary

  2. In-field

    June 4: Travelling Calgary to Hilo, Big Island, Hawaii
    June 5: Hilo, Art 235  Street Photography
    June 6: Isaac Ale Park, Volcano devastation area
    June 7: Waipi’o  Valley, Water falls Amazing vista and natural beach (not swimmable) Sunset
    June 8: Hilo, Local Focus course base activity
    June 9: Volcano National park, Field Trip
    June 10: Botanic Garden, 360 VR and macrophotography
    June 11: Green sand beach, 2 hours walk to an amazing natural green sand beach (swimmable)
    June 12: Kona, Cityscape
    June 13: Mauna Loa, Night Photography High elevation
    June 14: Hilo, Local Focus course base activity
    June 15: Captain Cook, Catamaran / Historical Culture Hawaii Tour (swimming)
    June 16: Hilo, Completing work
    June 17: Hilo, Completing work and closing dinner
    June 18: 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 dgadbois@ucalgary.ca 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 $6,518.

    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 group.study@ucalgary.ca to request a letter.

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

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

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

Applications will be considered after both your application and unofficial transcripts have been received by Study Abroad.

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

    Download an unofficial transcript from your Student Centre and submit it by email to  group.study@ucalgary.ca.

    Click here for a step-by-step guide to access your unofficial transcript.

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

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this program, you can meet with one of our Group Study Advisors by emailing group.study@ucalgary.ca 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 study abroad 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 Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.