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Certificate in Photography

Produce Professional-Quality Photographic Images


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $4,650

Next start date:

September 2022

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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, 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 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'll 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. 

Become part of a deep network of photographers that continues to engage and enrich long after the end of the program, especially online.  


Individuals with a passion for photography who want to improve their photography skills, including aspiring professionals. The program is ideal for those who want to do more with their photography and those exploring a career transition. 

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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, proficiently develop RAW photo capture and create composite multiple 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 live online and asynchronously for instructor, class and professional feedback, including advisory board members
  • Create a portfolio to use for exhibition and professional services, and 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

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

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online With Real-Time Meetings

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