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​Photography Certificate

Explore an amazing career field

Developed with input from industry professionals, the Schoolcraft Certificate of Photography provides a comprehensive learning experience for budding photographers and those currently working in the industry.  To complete the Schoolcraft Certificate of Photography, students take six core classes and four electives, capping their experience with a FREE one-on-one portfolio analysis with one of our notable photographer-instructors.

Photography Class Offerings

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Required core classes:

  • DSLR Photography Techniques 1
  • DSLR Photography Techniques 2
  • Fundamentals of Portrait Lighting
  • ​Adobe Photoshop for DSLR Photographers 1
  • Photo Composition - Learning to See Creatively
  • Develop Your Photography Business

Sample electives include:

  • Take Print-Ready Photos with Your iPhone
  • Photography of Metro Detroit
  • Black & White Photography
  • Fine Art Photography with a Master
  • ​Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe InDesign C​C
  • Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 1

Semester Offerings


Winter 2017 Spring/Summer 2017 Fall 2017
Develop Your Photography Business DSLR Photography Techniques 1 DSLR Photography Techniques 1
DSLR Photography Techniques 1
DSLR Photography Techniques 2
DSLR Photography Techniques 2
DSLR Photography Techniques 2
Fundamentals of Portrait Lighting Fundamentals of Portrait Lighting
Fundamentals of Portrait Lighting
Photo Composition - Learning to See Creatively Photo Composition - Learning to See Creatively
Photo Composition - Learning to See Creatively Adobe Photoshop for DSLR Photographers 1  Adobe Lightroom
Adobe Lightroom Street Photography Photography of Metro Detroit
Adobe Illustrator CC - Level 1 Photo Composition II: Visual Design & Perception Adobe InDesign C​C
Black & White Photography Fine Art Photography with a Master Fine Art Photography with a Master
Take Print-Ready Photos with Your iPhone
History of Photography
Fine Art Photography with a Master
Printing and Calibration

  Marketing Yourself as an Artist
    Portfolio Analysis

Frequently Asked Questions



  • How will the certificate benefit me?

  • Do the classes need to be taken in a certain order?

  • I have already completed photography classes at Schoolcraft College. Can those classes be applied to the certificate program?

  • When are the classes offered?

  • What equipment will I need to complete the certificate program?

  • Are there assignments that need to be completed outside of class?

  • Who should register?

  • What is the cost?

  • How long will it take for me to earn my certificate?

  • Will the classes be graded?

  • When/how do I get my certificate?

  • How can I find out more information?


Instructor Biographies



  • Dave Haupt

  • John Campbell

  • John Sobczak, Lorien Studio / Lorien Books

  • Monte Nagler

  • Shawn Lee

  • Tim Griffin