Digital Photography (CTPHOD)


This certificate program prepares students to enter the ever-evolving field of photography by providing a strong foundation of technical and aesthetic skills. Areas of study include:

  • basic camera operation and composition skills,
  • film and digital exposure and processing methods,
  • studio lighting, and
  • printing and presentation techniques.

Graduating students produce professional portfolios and self-promotional materials to find employment in a variety of areas such as photographic assisting, photojournalism, fine art, freelance, portrait, and wedding photography. Students also complete the program to use photography as a means of personal expression, and as preparation for transferring to a 4-year college or university.

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2023-2024 Academic Requirements

In this program, students learn technical and aesthetic workflows encompassing a wide range of techniques to extend creative expression and communicating ideas. Courses are technology-specific and include learning the operations of digital cameras and scanning devices accompanied by photo-editing software. Advanced preparation of high-resolution digital files for print output includes wide-format inkjet printers and data management strategies for external professional print service bureaus.

This is a high demand, high skill and high wage program, as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

Major/Area Requirements
Class Title Minimum Credits
PHO 111   Photography I 4
PHO 127   Digital Photo Imaging I 4
PHO 129   Black and White Digital Imaging 4
PHO 228   Digital Photo Imaging II 4
Total 16

Total Credits Required