Photography-Professional Certificate (PHO)

This is a program that concentrates on the necessary skills for students to enter the field of professional digital photography. Today’s photographer is artistic, technically and technologically skilled, as well as business savvy. Photography-Professional Certificate holders can explore careers in studio/portrait photography, commercial photography, photojournalism, and digital imaging. They may also continue their education to obtain an associate’s degree.

Number Suggested Course Order Cr Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PHO115 Introduction to Digital



    Basic computer skills
PHO240 Portrait Photography


    PHO115 (or co-requisite)
CGD107 Designing Business Graphics


    Prerequisite: Basic computer skills

Note: CGD104 may be substituted

MGT110 Small Business Management


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
PHO215 or


Advanced Digital Photography or



PHO245 Commercial Photography


PHO250 Digital Photography Workflow


MKT142 Marketing


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
                                             Total: 27 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus. Some evening and online courses are available.

Helpful hints: Students should have a computer with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements at home with Internet access. Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments.

Transfer options: Some of these courses may be applied to MWCC’s Photography Concentration Degree program (BCTP).

Special requirements: Students must have a digital camera with complete manual focus and exposure control (preferably a digital SLR). Students should also have a tripod.

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options: photojournalist, commercial photographer, portrait/wedding photographer.

Potential earnings: $30,000 and above. (Earnings vary by location and target market size).

Technical Standards* PHO

*general information about technical standards and accommodation.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Read and proof printed text from a computer screen, with or without corrective adaptive devices.
  • Compose and focus a digital photograph with or without corrective adaptive devices.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Perceive, interpret, and use graphic images in their entirety from a computer screen.

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