Lifelong Learning Digital Photography Certificate



Neil knew his subject well and presented it in a logical progression that was entertaining. While not a complete novice, the background material was a good refresher and the new information exactly what I was looking forward to.
Digital Photography: An Introduction student, Summer 2017

The Certificate of Digital Photography allows amateur photographers to hone their technical skills as the means to free their creative vision and establish their aesthetic viewpoint. Certificate enrollees will better understand how to operate their cameras, how to use photo editing software to streamline their digital workflow, and how to create a portfolio of images that may be used as an album for home enjoyment or as a potential tool for obtaining photographic work for pay. Thanks to partnerships with photographers around the Valley, students will get hands-on experience with studio equipment, keep up to date with the latest technologies, and gain an understanding of the world of the professional photographer.

  • Certificate students pay a $25 registration fee to cover administrative costs. You may receive credit for a course taken in the 12 months prior to joining the certificate program. Contact Lifelong Learning to confirm if a previous course will qualify.
  • You have three years to complete the certificate, which consists of 7 required plus 2 elective courses. Only one studio lighting class is required, either Introduction to Studio Lighting or Off- Camera Flash. If interested in both, you can use one as an elective.
  • The Portfolio Assembly and Review course (LLART300) should be the final class taken for completion of the Certificate.

You do not have to be enrolled in a certificate program to take a class. Everyone is welcome in our certificate courses!

Questions about the Certificate of Digital Photography? Find answers below, or contact us for more information.

What is the certificate?
Certificate showing completion of a group of noncredit photography classes. The classes included in the certificate are designed to provide a base level of knowledge needed to progress as a photographer and serious hobbyist.

How long do you have to complete the certificate?
You have 3 years to complete classes.

Why was certificate developed?
Photography is one of Lifelong Learning’s most popular subject area and students often request guidance for what classes to take to improve their skills. The certificate helps provide a road map.

Who is certificate designed for?
New DSLR camera owners, students looking to improve photography skills, and serious hobbyist.

What are the required classes? Develop Your Photographic Eye (9.5 hrs), Introduction to Digital Photography (14.5 hrs), Digital Photography II (10 hrs), Introduction to Studio Lighting (8 hrs), Natural Light Portrait Photography (6 hrs), Photoshop for Photographers (10 hrs), and Portfolio Assembly and Review.

What electives are offered and how many are required?
Two electives are required for the certificate. Examples of elective classes include Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues for Photographers, Introduction to Lightroom, Night Sky Photography, Outdoor Photography: Boot and Shoot, Photographing Portraits with Personality, Product Photography, and Winter Landscape Photography, etc.

How much does it cost to take all the classes in the certificate program?
Approximate cost to take all required classes is approximately $1000 including the $25 certificate registration cost. Cost of electives varies based on class.

Where are classes held?
Classes are held at 540 Arapeen Drive, Research Park, SLC and at instructor studios throughout the valley.

How often are classes offered?
Classes are offered 1 – 2 times a year with Introduction to Digital Photography offered every term since it is prerequisite for some of the other classes.

Can I get credit for a class I took that is part of the certificate before signing up for certificate?
Yes. If it’s been less than a year and you contact Lifelong Learning, we will research your class records and give you credit if applicable.

Required Classes

Class Title Start Date(s)
Develop Your Photographic Eye (LLART 245) 3/10
Digital Photography II (LLART 131) 3/18
Digital Photography: An Introduction (LLART 115) Notify me!
Introduction to Studio Lighting: Off Camera Flash (LLART 96) Notify me!
Natural Light Portrait Photography (LLART 94) Notify me!
Photoshop for Photographers (LLART 286) 1/30
Portfolio Assembly and Review (LLART 300) 4/08

Elective Classes (2 required)

Class Title Start Date(s)
Copyright and Intellectual Property Issues for Photographers (LLART 290) 2/18
Food Photography Bootcamp (LLART 208) 3/20
Introduction to Lightroom (LLART 297) Notify me!
Photographing People in Motion (LLART 130) 4/07
Right Brain Photography (LLART 323) 4/06
The Secret World of Nightscape Photography (LLART 308) 3/11
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