Produce Professional-Quality Photographic Images
Next start date
October 3, 2017
To produce a quality photograph is to preserve a moment in a way that reveals the essence of the subject. The best pictures of today are a product of the latest digital photography tools and the timeless ability to visualize and capture an image of lasting impact.
In this three-course certificate program, you’ll develop the ability to take powerful photographs. We’ll survey the history of photography and learn from the masters, then guide you in developing your own personal style. Get extensive hands-on practice with a digital camera, and explore the basics of composition and fine art printing. Gain the skills required to launch your artistic or commercial career in photography.
Individuals who want to improve their photography skills, including aspiring professionals.
This program requires a basic understanding of how your camera functions.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have:
You earn the certificate by successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Instructor David Julian of the Certificate in Photography explains how the program enables both hobbyists and aspiring professional photographers to hone their craft.
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.
It's the Image that Communicates: History & Practice
The Creativity of Photography & Digital Imaging
Choose One of Two Sections
Photographic Exhibition & Professional Practice of Photography
Certificate in Photography
Approved by the UW School of Art + Art History + Design.
View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Kemy Bates, Photographer, Photography Program Graduate
Daniel Beltra, Conservation Photographer
Paul Berger, Professor, Photography, UW School of Art + Art History + Design
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, University of Washington Continuum College
Paul Carew, Instructional Designer, Illustrator
Karen Cheng, Associate Professor, Design, UW School of Art + Art History + Design
Rebecca Cummins, Assistant Professor, Photography, UW School of Art + Art History + Design
Benjamin Drummond, Photographer and Multimedia Producer
Heather Dwyer, Public Art 4Culture; President, Washington Lawyers for the Arts
Dianne Elliott, President, D3 Consulting, Inc.
Ellen Garvens, Associate Professor, Photography, UW School of Art + Art History + Design
Gail Gibson, Owner, Gail Gibson Gallery
Rozarii Lynch, Freelance Photographer
Christopher Ozubko, Director, UW School of Art + Art History + Design
Kari Quaas, Photographer, Photography Program Graduate
Roxanne Ray, Assistant Director, Academic Programs in the Arts, UW Professional & Continuing Education
Samuella Samaniego, Photographer
Erika Sheehan, Photographer, Photography Program Graduate
Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due four weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
If you’re thinking about heading back to school, you’re probably also wondering how you’ll pay for it. To help you figure that out, we’ve put together a list of ways to help fund your education.