Certificate in Photography

Produce Professional-Quality Photographic Images


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $5,346

Next start date:

September 25, 2024

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About this Program

To produce a memorable 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 creative, interesting and 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, part- or full-time, and become part of a deep community of peer photographers that continues to engage and enrich long after the end of the program.


Those with a passion for photography and aspiring professionals who want to improve their photography skills. 

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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
  • 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


You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the Scholarships page.


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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 meet with your instructor and classmates at scheduled times over Zoom. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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