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Photography Certificates

Are you seeking a career in photography? Received a new digital camera? Or do you want to polish up on your photography skills? Choose between our Digital or Professional Photography certificate:

"You don't take a photograph. You make it." - Ansel Adams

Our Photography Program

Digital Photography Certificate

Digital photography has become the primary way for all of us to communicate our life experiences with others. Learn how to capture images that will be treasured for a lifetime!

The Digital Photography Certificate is for students who wish to gain practical knowledge and get hands-on experience on how to navigate the various features of their digital camera; understand the effects of lighting, lenses, and shutter speed; and use black and white photography to create depth and emotion. Our program allows students to gain the knowledge needed to photograph various subjects such as people, nature, and sports as well as enhancing digital images through the use of Photoshop Elements.

Location: The Digital Photography Certificate is delivered in various settings on campus.


  • Photography 1 - Beginner
  • Photography 2 - Intermediate
  • Photography 3 - Advanced
  • Digital Darkroom
  • 3 electives*

*You may substitute Outdoor Photography in place of the 3 electives.

Professional Photography Certificate

Are you interested in making photography your career path? If you have imagined yourself capturing beautiful images for a living, this certificate program is for you!

The Professional Photography Certificate will move students from basic to advanced photographic techniques. This is an up-to-date and comprehensive course taught by professional freelance photographers that covers the most important aspects needed to begin a career as a professional photographer.

The Professional Photography Certificate includes the same basic requirements as our Digital Photography Certificate and then pushes students to expand their skillset on a broader scale, which is necessary for a freelance photographer.

Location: The Professional Photography Certificate is delivered in various settings on and off campus.


  • Photography 1 - Beginner
  • Photography 2 - Intermediate
  • Photography 3 - Advanced
  • Digital Darkroom
  • Outdoor Photography
  • 3 electives
  • Photography Portfolio Capstone Course*

*In the capstone course students finalize their portfolios and showcase their work during a final exhibition.

Note for All Photography Classes

  • Students must be 18 years or older to enroll in courses.
  • Participants are encouraged to complete the program within 18 months.
  • Students need not be part of the certificate programs to enroll in photography courses.
  • If students wish to earn credit/CEU for classes, they must attend 80% of each class they have registered for and complete all course assignments. 

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