Photography Certificate

This certificate provides exposure to both aesthetic and commercial applications of photography. Beginning in the first semester, students will learn how to take pictures using basic camera handling and exposure techniques. Beginning, intermediate and advanced photography classes are offered in addition to core courses with each level offering and expanded series of exercises.

This certificate provides students with a primary technical specialty. Students completing this certificate can, by taking selected general education courses and a secondary technical specialty, have the opportunity to obtain an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with a major in General Technology. Students should meet with their advisor(s) to select the proper courses to meet their particular educational goals.

Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ARV 110 Computer Graphics I 3.0
ARV 114 Photography I 3.0
ARV 121 Design 3.0
ARV 123 Composition and Color 3.0
ARV 162 Graphic Reproduction I 3.0
ARV 214 Photography II 3.0
ARV 215 Photography III 3.0
ARV 265 Graphics Art Portfolio 1.0
CGC 106 Typography I 3.0
CWE 112 Cooperative Work Experience I 2.0
MKT 240 Advertising 3.0
Subtotal 30.0
Total Credit Hours 30.0


Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

Students will learn and work with the aesthetic and commercial application of photography in today’s market. Industry standard software will be used to train students in the proper workflow and manipulation of digital files.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Recognize and describe the design software tools and procedures.

2. Conceptualize, Design, and Create standalone design elements as assigned.

3. Create a professional portfolio of work that showcases skills in Design, Computer graphics, Illustration techniques, Typography applications, and Photography for seeking employment.

4. Demonstrate the ability to organize, archive, and retrieve data using current computer technologies. 

5. Demonstrate understanding and working knowledge of full manual control of DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex.)

Advisement Information

Program notes

The best time to start this program is fall, however students can start any semester if they have the required prerequisites for the classes they want to take.  Note that even though many ARV classes have no prerequisites, a very good grasp of basic computer use and navigation along with basic verbal, grammar and spelling skills are required for success in this curriculum.

Some level of proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite is highly recommended. 

Students may wish to use this certificate to fulfill requirements for the Associate in Occupational Technology degree, with a major in General Technology.

It is strongly recommended that developmental or transitional classes be taken first.

Students will be responsible for obtaining a quality digital single lens reflex or mirrorless camera, a subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of products, and access to a color printer. The instructor will provide details as necessary.

Several investments must be made for a future in commercial arts, including a computer, a specialized digital single lens reflex or mirrorless camera, portable external hard drives, jump drives, etc.

Notes about individual classes

No English class is required for completion of this certificate;  however, good verbal, grammar and spelling skills are necessary for success in this field.

Graduation Plans

2018-2019, 2019-2020, 2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plan

Photography Certificate (ARV9) - Fall Start

To obtain a graduation plan for students beginning this program in Spring or Summer semesters, please contact Kendall Adams.


You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule.  To learn more about advising, visit the Advising webpage.

The Program Director for this certificate is Kendall Adams.

Please email to submit advising information updates and corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020