Certificate in Photography

Produce Professional-Quality Photographic Images


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,896

Next start date:

September 2024

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About this Program

To produce a quality photograph is to preserve a moment in a way that reveals the subject’s essence and the vision and technical skills of the photographer. Today’s best pictures are a product of the latest digital photography tools combined with the timeless ability to visualize, design and capture an image of lasting impact. 

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll develop a better understanding of light itself and the ability to produce more powerful photographs. First, we’ll survey the history of photography to learn from the masters, then we'll guide you in developing your own personal style. You'll get extensive hands-on practice with your digital camera and explore composition, production, business practices and how to share your work. You’ll gain skills needed to help you develop an artistic or commercial career in photography and become part of a deep network of photographers that continues to engage and enrich long after the end of the program.  


Individuals with a passion for photography and aspiring professionals who want to improve their photography skills. The program is ideal for those who want to do more with their photography and for those exploring a career transition. 

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Video Overview

Instructor David Julian of the Certificate in Photography explains how the program enables both hobbyists and aspiring professional photographers to hone their craft.

Duration: 02:24

what you'll learn

  • Ways that social and political conditions, artistic trends and technology have influenced photography throughout history
  • How to use photo organizing and processing software to manage your photo collection, develop RAW photo capture and create composite images 
  • Different facets of professional practice, including professional portfolios, fine art exhibition and freelancing
  • Insights on the business of photography

get hands-on experience

  • Use class photography assignments to develop a body of work that you can share online live and asynchronously with instructors for class and professional feedback, including from advisory board members
  • Create a portfolio to use for exhibition and professional services 
  • Meet industry professionals to explore business practices and latest trends
  • Showcase your work in a printed anthology book and an online exhibit organized by the students and instructor at the end of the program


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Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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