The Undergraduate Certificate establishes a foundation for entry-level photography work or further study. Students begin building their photo portfolio as they earn a credential and college credit.
In the Digital Photography Undergraduate Certificate program, students are expected to develop the ability to:
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- Manipulate framing, perspective, distance, and lighting to take professional-level digital photographs in a range of settings.
- Stage and shoot professional quality images in a variety of different lighting situations utilizing both available and artificial/augmented light sources.
- Create appropriate color palettes and use color and contrast effectively in their work.
- Create engaging images that attract the eye using fundamental design and composition techniques.
- Develop more advanced shooting and composition techniques in various contexts and apply image correction, retouching, compositing, and printing techniques.
- Use basic and advanced development and retouching tools in Lightroom to create stellar images, and present their work in slideshows, on the Web, and in print.
- Master the equipment and techniques used for professional photography work in portraiture, product photography, real estate and more.
- Identify classic color problems with photographs and correct them using both comprehensive and efficient methods.
Classes start in January, May, and September. Students entering the program are expected to have earned a high school diploma, GED, or state-approved home school equivalent. Any students under 18 years of age will need to provide the signed permission of a parent or guardian. Our online application is simple and convenient, and there is no application fee.
"The Undergraduate Certificate is a great way to get started as photographer, whether your goals are developing your passion or a profession. It's a perfect short program for servicemembers on military tuition assistance (TA)." – Brent Gural, Director of Admissions
Whenever you're ready, talk to our friendly Admissions admissions staff or sign up for an Open House.
Software and Supplies
To take this online program, you'll need a computer with an Internet connection as well as additional software and supplies.
- A Windows-based or Macintosh computer that meets software manufacturers' requirements.
- Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom CS6 or CC software.
- Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Basic drawing supplies including pencils, charcoal, newsprint, and sketch paper.
- Webcam, headphones or speaker, VPN connection, and microphone connected to the computer for live proctored exams.
Please check course syllabus pages or the catalog for detailed information on course requirements or proctored exams. Be sure to visit our Student Store for discounts on hardware and design software. You must be an enrolled student to be eligible for educational discounts.
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