Photography: Portrait Imaging (CTPHOP)


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,
  • digital exposure and processing methods,
  • studio and location lighting
  • professional portraiture business practices
  • 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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2024-2025 Academic Requirements

This certificate consists of courses that are genre-specific to the retail, commercial, and editorial portrait sectors of the industry. Students learn studio- and location-lighting workflows to produce portraiture of people, accompanied by professional digital portrait retouching techniques. Supporting assignments engage students in readings and discussions about various ethical, legal, and business practices encountered by photographers that produce images used in publications.

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 116   Studio Portraits 4
PHO 117   Introduction to the Studio 4
PHO 216   Environmental Portraiture 3
Total 15

Total Credits Required