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 Oahu and Maui Islands. 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

His 360-degree photography also captures the city of Calgary in an amazing way! 

Key information




Spring 2020

Program type

Group Study

Application information

Application Status


Application deadline

First come, first considered.
Programs fill quickly - apply today!

Eligibility requirements

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

Information sessions

October 2, noon 1pm, AB 672

October 3, 4:30  5:30pm, AB 672

Student Experience

image of student standing on cliff looking towards Hawaii mountains
image of canoe inside open walled lodge
image of Hawaiian sunset

Denis Jacques Gadbois

For program information, please contact dgadbois@ucalgary.ca

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

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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 on this program are required to enroll in two courses. 


    Students must take:

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


    And then choose one of the following:

    Art 235: Introduction to Photography (3 units)
    Art 513: 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. 

    Art 513 is an optional for-credit directed study, with additional coursework post-field. In some cases, students may be approved to take this directed study course in addition to ART 235 & 340 (for 3 courses total) - please contact the instructor should you wish to take all three courses.

  1. Pre-departure

    March (date TBD): Mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by Group Study Programs
    May 6th: Art 235, Camera Function
    May 7th: Art 235, Photoshop/Lightroom
    May 8th: Art 235 (Morning Session), Art 340 (Intro Afternoon Session)

  2. In-Field

    May 11: Calgary- Hilo, Travel Day
    May 12: Hilo, Art 235  Street Photography
    May 13: Isaac Ale Park, Volcano devastation area
    May 14: Waipi’o  Valley, Water falls Amazing vista and natural beach (not swimmable) Sunset
    May 15: Hilo, Local Focus course base activity
    May 16: Volcano National park, Field Trip
    May 17: Botanic Garden, 360 VR and macrophotography
    May 18: Green sand beach, 2 hours walk to an amazing natural green sand beach (swimmable)
    May 19: Kona, Cityscape
    May 20: Mauna Loa, Night Photography High elevation
    May 21: Hilo, Local Focus course base activity
    May 22: Captain Cook, Snorkling and coffee plantation visit
    May 23: Hilo, Local Focus course base activity
    May 24: Polulu Valley, Histroical Lapakahi Sate park 
    May 25: Hilo, Completing work and closing dinner
    May 26:Hilo- Calgary

  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 $4,912.

    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.


    2020/21 Tuition Fees:

    The following proposed rate increases are being shared in advance of their approval to help students plan their finances for the upcoming school year.

    The Government of Alberta recently lifted the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2014-15. As a result, tuition rates for Canadian (domestic) students will be permitted to increase by 7% annually in each the next three years . Tuition rates for international students will no longer be regulated. In response to this change, the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors will be reviewing proposals to increase tuition rates in January 2020. If approved, the following rate increases will apply for the 2020-21 academic year:

    • New domestic students: 7% increase to all tuition fees, except for undergraduate programs in engineering course-based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 10% increase is being proposed.
    • New International students: 10% increase to tuition fees with the exception of course based graduate programs in engineering (MEng), public policy (MPP) and business administration (MBA) for which a 15% increase is being proposed.
    • Graduate thesis students: A new tuition structure that will even out program costs over the length of the program versus having higher costs in years one (Masters) or pre-candidacy (PhD)
    • All continuing students:  5% increase to tuition fees

    If approved, these rate increases will be in effect for the Spring 2020 term.

  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.

    New! 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! Deadline to apply is March 31st.  Any queries about these scholarships should be directed to Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Gavin Cameron: gcameron@ucalgary.ca 

    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.

Please scroll up to the top of this page to view the info sessions for this program.

We also recommend watching Study Abroad 101 for general information.

Watch Study Abroad 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 “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Select #2, "Study Abroad Advising", 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.