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Certificate in Photography

Produce Professional-Quality Photographic Images


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends, Days
  • Cost: $4,500

Next start date:

September 2021

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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 — as well as the vision and technical skills of the photographer. Today’s best pictures 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 a better understanding of light itself, and the ability to make more powerful photographs. We’ll survey the history of photography and learn from the masters, then guide you in developing your own personal style. You will get extensive hands-on practice with a 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.


Individuals who want to improve their photography skills, including aspiring professionals.

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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: 02:23

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 and proficiently develop your photographs
  • Different facets of professional practice, including 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 in class and online
  • Create portfolio examples to use for exhibition and professional services
  • Meet industry professionals to explore business practices and latest trends
  • Practice using Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop workflows
  • Use professional printing equipment in the UW School of Art’s Mac lab
  • Showcase your work in a year-end exhibit and printed anthology book

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.

Quarter 2

Creative Photography & Digital Imaging

Choose One of Two Sections

Quarter 3

Photographic Vision, Practice & Exhibition

Choose One of Two Sections

Learning Format


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 »

Program Sessions


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