Certificate in Photography

Produce Professional-Quality Photographic Images


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $4,260

Next start date:

October 2019

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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 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. Get extensive hands-on practice with a digital camera, and explore the basics of composition, production and sharing your work. 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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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, freelancing and stock photography
  • Insights on the business of photography

get hands-on experience

  • Create a portfolio of your photography suitable for exhibition or professional use
  • Practice using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom workflows
  • Use professional printing equipment in the UW School of Art’s Mac lab
  • Showcase your work in a year-end public exhibit and print anthology

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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