Professional Photography

Award: Certificate
Degree Code: PPHC
Number of Credits: 40

Gainful Employment Disclosure

Program Description

This certificate prepares students for initial employment in photography, digital imaging, and video production. Job titles include: commercial photographer, portrait photographer, industrial photographer, photojournalist, videographer, digital imager, and photography lab manager. Employment responsibilities in these areas include; photographing, digital imaging, and videography.

The certificate program courses can be used in satisfying degree requirements.

Required Courses

Certificate Requirements
Number Title Credits
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 111 Studio Photography I 4
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
VCP 211 Studio Photography II 4
VCP 212 Video Production II 4
VCP 279 or
VCP 289
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
4
Certificate Electives - Select 8 Credits
Number Title Credits
VCP 110 Portrait Photography 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 222 Photojournalism I 4
VCP 233 Fictional Photography 4
VCP 224 Nature and Wildlife Photography 4

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of industry standard equipment, techniques, and technologies specific to the practice of photography
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political and social context in which photographic images are created and viewed
  • Interpret contemporary theory and forms and the contextualization of photography within the larger world of the arts
  • Critically analyze and evaluate examples of photographic art
  • Execute efficient lighting techniques for both natural and constructed scenes on location or in a studio setting
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of industry standard equipment, techniques, and workflows specific to the practice of photography
  • Achieve an understanding of the historical, political, and social context in which photographic images are created and viewed
  • Communicate with a visual vocabulary to interpret photographic works, theory, and design principles appropriate to the practice of image-based media in both the fine art and commercial fields
  • Develop a branding identity package and a professional photography portfolio that showcases technical skills and individual vision