Photography: Traditional Imaging (CTPHOR)


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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2024-2025 Academic Requirements

This certificate consists of courses that emphasize the tools, techniques, and workflows of the traditional B&W, film-based lab area. Study begins with digital camera operations and image-editing software, and then pivots to emphasize pathways of traditional photographic image construction methods.

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 122   Film and Darkroom Photography 3
PHO 210   Alternative Processes 3
PHO 211   Large Format Photography I 3
Total 13

Total Credits Required