Applied Photography

Certificate Program

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Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum Code No. 3185

This one-year certificate program blends traditional and digital techniques and is designed for students seeking intensive technical training. This program develops essential entry-level skills required in a commercial photography studio or in a business such as wedding and/or portrait photography.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • expose, develop, and print negatives employing the standard techniques.
  • employ software and dark room techniques used in the manipulation and control of photographic imagery employ software/tools used in the manipulation and control of digital-based imagery.
  • critically examine technical and aesthetic aspects of photographic images.

Check out this video about the program made by a Bucks photography student.

Note: Studio courses can be expensive. Lab Fees may be required.

Certificate Course Requirements*

Course Credits
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAPH110
Digital Photography Fundamentals
3
VAPH151
Introduction to Photography
3
VAFA193
History of Modern Art
3
OR
VAPH196
History of Photography
3
VAPH157
Photography II A
3
VAPH210
Digital Photography II A
3
VAPH211
Studio Lighting for Photography A
3
Electives 6
Total Credit Hours 27

Suggested Electives (Select two):

Course Credits
MGMT100
Introduction to Business
3
VACV140
Digital Editing
3
VACV231
Video Field Production
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Studio A
3
VAPH257
Large Format Photography A
3
VAGD101
Layout and Typography
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing/Digital A
3
VAGD280
Cooperative Education/Graphics A
3
VAMM110
Web and Interactive Design A
3
VAMM209
Multimedia Concepts I A
3

A Course requires prerequisite.

*Since the individual circumstances and backgrounds of students vary, all students planning to complete this certificate program must meet with their assigned academic advisor to develop a planned sequence of courses to meet their individual needs.