Photography has seen significant changes over the last ten years. The incorporation of sensor technology, which displaced film is the most obvious, but not the most significant. The most substantial displacement occurred fueled by social media and its integration with smart phones. Applications were created to bypass the disciplines associated with traditional photography. The photography certificate is designed to reestablish a link to traditional fundamental photographic practices, while embracing relevant technological advancements.

Students in the more obvious visual arts fields like graphic design, AR/VR, video, marketing, and journalism can benefit from this certificate, as well as those in entertainment production, criminology, and others. The assemblage of the courses within this certificate provides historical perspective, compositional aesthetics, lighting, lens perspective, combined with practical application, which are all still relevant. Students who successfully complete this certificate will have a distinct and identifiable skill, which will enhance their resume.

Candidates for the Photography Certificate are required to complete a minimum of 15 semester credit hours and have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Upon completing the Photography certificate program students will be able to:

1. Students will use current photographic equipment and software to create and process images.

2. Students will apply photographic aesthetic, historical perspective and practical techniques to naturally lit scenes, live events, & studio assignments.

Core Courses
FA 240History of Photography3
MC 347Photojournalism3
VF 245Photography I3
or FA 110 Photography
VF 345Photography II3
Choose one of the following:3
Forensic Seminar (4 Credits )
Fundamentals of Stage Lighting
Painting I
Pastel Painting
Graphic Design I
Web Design for Non-Majors
Web Design-Content Layer
Video Production I
Total Hours15