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Digital Photography


Lights, Camera… Action!

Unleash your true potential as a professional photographer and set yourself on the path to success with our Certificate in Digital Photography. Join our vibrant community of like-minded individuals, where inspiration knows no bounds and innovation thrives. Don’t wait to seize the opportunity to turn your passion into a fulfilling profession!

Digital Photography Certificate Overview

As a student enrolled in RMCAD’s Digital Photography Certificate, you will build the technical foundation needed to become a working professional photographer while being exposed to the potential career paths within the photography industry. 

The coursework covers necessary skills such as manual camera operation, the use of strobe lighting, working with clients, and developing an efficient workflow using industry-standard software. Students will be mentored by our faculty, who are all creative professionals in the industry that are driven by student success!  

The digital photography certificate is available both online or on campus.

If you decide to pursue a BFA, all credits earned in the certificate can be applied to RMCAD’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography.

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6-8 months on Average to Complete Program (24 weeks)

This average is for students who are full time and enrolled in consecutive terms.

Eligible for Financial Aid
18 Credits Total

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Digital Photography Certificate Highlights

Camera operation

Students will use foundational camera settings with intention, including aperture, shutter speed, ISO, lens selection, dynamic range, and color space.

Studio lighting

Students will demonstrate the ability to intentionally apply the characteristics of light to images.


Students will demonstrate directorial skills in the areas of posing, body language, facial expressions, and gestures.

Digital image management

Students will apply basic digital workflow, including importing, archiving, processing, and exporting digital files.

Post-processing techniques

Students will critically evaluate photographic images to identify opportunities for enhancement.

Digital Photography Certificate Program

A camera all by itself doesn’t make a great picture any more than a typewriter can make a great novel. RMCAD’s digital photography classes are designed to not only help students develop the important foundational photography skills, but also develop compelling portfolios that are a direct reflection of their unique vision!

* RMCAD offers classes year-round online. At RMCAD, we believe that online learning is an important part of the overall college learning experience. To provide students multiple scheduling options, diverse learning modalities, and experience in the virtual environment, all on-campus students are required to take part in online education.

Tech + Tools

A photographer must be equipped with the right tools. This doesn’t necessarily mean equipment. RMCAD’s Digital Photography Certificate prepares students by teaching photography fundamentals such as:

  • Lighting
  • Digital imaging
  • Portraiture
  • Post-production photo editing

Students enrolled in the Digital Photography Certificate also have access to EDU discounts at educational equipment retailers, like Adorama and B&H Photo


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Photography Careers

In today’s very visual world, there are so many opportunities for talented photographers. With a Digital Photography Certificate from RMCAD, you can pursue exciting careers.

Potential Career Paths

Student Work + Success

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Photography Faculty

RMCAD’s faculty understands that the future of the world is sitting in their classrooms and shaping the next generation of photographers is not only a passion, it is a mission they take very seriously. You’ll experience the world of photography on many levels!

Photography Events

Photography has the ability to stop time for just a moment… take a moment and see what’s happening at our next event. 

Ready to Get Your Creativity in Focus?

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