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Digital Photography Capstone Project course at Sessions College

Digital Photography Capstone Project

2 credits

PHO 259: Digital Photography Capstone Project

A portfolio project for Digital Photography majors

The digital photography capstone project provides a simulation of an extended photography project. Students will take a photography project from concept to final presentation. Students work closely with the department head, developing a client brief for a project that provides a deep exploration of an area of photography.

Image by Felicia Kieselhorst

Course At A Glance

Course Features

  • 100% online
  • Project-based
  • Instructor-led
  • Credit-bearing: 2 Credits
  • Classes start January, April, and August


The course is taught by the following instructor(s):

Course developed by: Felicia Kieselhorst

This course is only available to students enrolled in Associate Degree or BFA programs.

Course Projects

    1. Researching the Project

      You will research client options, scout your project, and create a project plan that encompasses client goals, lighting, location, technology, and more.

    2. Conducting the Photo Shoot

      The big day is here. Working from your plan, execute your project photo shoot.

    3. Selecting, Editing, and Presenting Images

      It's time to curate your images. Select and edit your best images and develop a polished client presentation that can be delivered over the Web.

Sample Student Work

Sharon Capps - Candid portrait by Sharon Capps

Course Outcomes

What Are The Course Projects?

This portfolio project affords the opportunity for a professional photoshoot that results in a set of high quality, accomplished images that meets client and project goals and show your skills as a photographer.

What Software or Supplies Do I Need?
  • Computer with Internet connection.
  • Access to a standalone digital camera with manual control over ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and White Balance, that allows for shooting in RAW format.
  • Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom or equivalent programs.
  • Experience in the above software.
What Will I Learn?

Students in this course can expect to learn to:

  • Research a local client/customer for your project, showing an understanding of both your client and photography genres and stylistic trends relevant to your project.
  • Develop a photo shoot plan that addresses all essential factors for success: client goals, lighting, location, technology, and more.
  • Conduct a photoshoot that results in a set of high quality, accomplished images that meet client and project goals and show your skills as a photographer.
  • Select and digitally edit your project images into a set of professional standard final images.
  • Present your work to the instructor and client in a compelling, professional manner.

Getting Started

Course Registration

  • Classes start January, April, and August
  • 2 Credit Course
  • Project-Based: Exercises, Discussions, and Critiques

Course Tuition and Fees
Registration Fee* $200
Total Course Price $1220

Registration fees are nonrefundable after 5 days from enrollment. All tuition includes a digital materials fee for course content.

Course Registration Form

To register for this course, use the form below to enter your information and desired start date. An Admissions Advisor will contact you to arrange payment and provide you with an Enrollment Agreement.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


What Are The Courses Like?

Our courses are project-based. In each course you’ll enjoy a series of lectures, projects, discussions, and critiques designed to stretch your creative skills, earning college credit for your completed course.

How Much Time Do I Need?

Classes start January, April, and August, and this course can be completed in a 15-week term. College credit from this course can be applied to a range of degree and certificate level programs at Sessions College.

Who Are The Instructors?

Our courses are developed and taught by our faculty of professional artists, designers, and photographers. This means that you’ll learn in-demand skills, get feedback on your work, and build a portfolio of creative work.

Is Sessions College accredited?

Yes. Since 2001, Sessions College has been accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).