Certificate in Photography

Produce Professional-Quality Photographic Images


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings, Weekends, Days
  • Cost: $3,147

Next start date

October 2017

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About this Program

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.

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what you'll learn

  • Ways that social and political conditions, artistic trends and technology have influenced photography throughout history
  • How to use sophisticated software to apply layers and filters and perform tasks such as scanning, color and tonality corrections, retouching and printing
  • Different facets of professional practice, including fine art exhibition, freelancing and stock photography
  • Insights on legal issues, self-publishing, grant writing, competitions and residencies 

get hands-on experience

  • Create a portfolio of your photography suitable for exhibition or professional use
  • Practice using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom
  • Use professional printing equipment in the UW School of Art’s Mac lab
  • Showcase your work in a year-end public exhibit and class anthology
  • Have an opportunity to submit your images to Stratus: Journal of Arts & Writing


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

The Creativity of Photography & Digital Imaging

Choose One of Two Sections

Quarter 3

Photographic Exhibition & Professional Practice of Photography

Choose One of Two Sections

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this program


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program