Online Photography Certificate

An online certificate program in photography may provide students training in the basic techniques needed to enhance their photography skills. In this one to two year program, students may learn how to compose a photographic subject, properly utilize both natural and artificial light, and produce commercial-quality photographs. Program coursework may include photography courses such as image design, photography lighting, and digital imaging.

Upon completion of the program, students may pursue entry-level employment or enroll in an associate-level degree program. Graduates of certificate programs may find employment in advertising, studio photography, education, and journalism.

Program Overview

  • Undergraduate Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Entry-Level Employment
  • Projected Employment Growth: 13% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for certificate programs in photography may include core photography coursework in different specialty areas, such as portrait or studio photography. These courses may teach students different photographic lighting techniques, proper use of digital cameras and equipment, and how to effectively edit photographs using editing software. Core photography courses may include the following:

  • Lighting for Photography
  • Image Design
  • Principles of Digital Photography
  • Printing
  • Color Management
  • Business of Photography
  • Digital Image Management

Career Options

Upon completion of an online photography certificate program, graduates may pursue a career in education, journalism, advertising, or as a freelance photographer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities are expected to increase by 13% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Portrait Photographer
  • Studio Photographer
  • University Photographer
  • Sales Photographer
  • Special Events Photographer

Continuing Education

Graduates of photography certificate programs may have the opportunity to continue their education by enrolling in a two-year associate degree program. An associate-level degree program in photography may teach students more advanced technical skills in photo editing, lighting, and may also provide students with business skills needed to operate a photography business. Employers may require applicants to hold an associate degree at minimum to work in professional photography positions.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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