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Digital Photography Level II

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Now accepting applications for our Digital Photography Certificate Program. The application deadline for fall 2018 has passed. The next cohort will begin Fall 2019. If you are interested in applying, apply online or contact our main office 215-717-6006.

Focused on fine-tuning technical skills and developing photographic vision, the new Digital Photography Level I and Level II programs are a first step for individuals considering a career in photography – whether you are looking to create work for a company or looking to launch a freelance career.


The Digital Photography Level I Certificate will provide you with the basics to become proficient with your camera and the skills to share and exhibit your images. Digital Photography Level II starts you on the path to enter into this competitive industry. At the end of the program, leave prepared for the field with an understanding of best practices and solid skills training.

Program Structure

Begin Level II upon completion of Level I or submit a portfolio for review by a faculty advisor. The Level II course sequence is a total of 13 credits, in three semesters (Spring, Summer and Fall).

All classes meet on campus once a week from 6-9 pm. Students must complete an elective at any time in the program, and in addition, students must attend six guest presentations by professionals in the photography industry. Check out past and upcoming Guest Speakers and events.

Tuition: $250 - $750 per couse
Fees: $15  - $100 per course.

Why You Should Participate in the Digital Photography Certificate:
  • You want to explore fine art photography, portraiture, documentary, commercial and other genres of photography as a hobby or future career.
  • You want to possess the technical skills to shoot, manipulate and print photographs using digital technology.
  • You want to tap into the emerging niche markets of photography as the field adapts and advances.
  • You want to participate in courses that emphasize camera techniques, lighting methods and use of computer software for modifying and printing digital files.
  • You want to exhibit your work or create a catalogue of images.

Digital Photography certificate students are required to own a digital SLR camera for use during the program. Click to view the SLR Camera Recommendations PDF.

Please join the Continuing Education mailing list to get updates on this program, and for information on the application deadline to join the next cohort. If you would like to schedule an advising session to discuss your options with Continuing Education staff, please email 


Join UArts faculty for an exclusive photo excursion to Tuscany, Italy between the Spring and Summer semesters. This option is open to all photography students, and the 3.0 studio elective credits can be used toward the Digital Photography Level II program elective requirement. Join the Continuing Education mailing list here to keep up to date on program announcements and deadlines.

Required Courses

  • Studio Photography + Lighting
First Course | 10 Weeks | $790

Natural light, portable flash, studio lighting, lighting portraits, lighting products, studio photography, low light, Capture I, and tethering.

  • Business of Photography
Second Course | 2 Saturdays | $235

This course serves as an introduction to the business and marketing practices common to photography and emphasizes developing professional objectives based upon careful consideration of the financial, legal, organizational, promotional, interpersonal and ethical practices of photography. Prerequisite: Digital Photography II or equivalent experience. This course is required for Digital Photography students preparing to enter the Capstone.

  • Creative Digital Editing for Photographers
Third Course | 10 Weeks | $790

Advanced image preparation, working with multiple layers, green screen, and adjusting portraits.

  • Studio Elective
Fourth Course | 10 Weeks | TBD

3.0 credits, any photography elective course taken at any time during program; elective options include a rotation of courses like: LED Lighting; Billboard Images with the Gigipan; Travel Photography; Fashion/Modeling Photography; Documentary/Street Photo; Experimental Photography; Advanced Photoshop; Color Photography; Extending the Photographic Image; Photo Collage; and Website Portfolio Builder for Artists + Photographers.

  • Capstone: Digital Photography
Final Course | 10 Weeks | $850

This course is designed to provide you the opportunity to demonstrate the skills and knowledge you have learned in the Digital Photography Certificate program. Explore and analyze topics within the discipline of photography to meet your individually defined goals in coordination with and approved by the instructor. Assemble and present your body of work in a portfolio of images appropriate to your professional, educational or personal goals. The course concludes with an exhibition. Prerequisite: For Digital Photography Certificate enrollees only; successful completion of all prerequisite classes is mandatory.

Total Required                                                                                 13.00             5 courses 

Digital Photography certificate students are required to own a digital SLR camera for use during the program.