Photography Proficiency Certificate


This certificate is designed to help students develop skills in basic photography, video production, digital imaging and printing. The photographic imaging industry has undergone a shift towards digital applications in both the professional and amateur markets. The traditional photography custom lab has been transformed into a "service bureau" specializing in postproduction digital imaging services. Professional photographers increasingly shoot in digital form, and the ability to manage digital files is now a prerequisite for the photographer's assistant. Public relations and media firms which previously used film have transitioned to digital video with editing done on the computer. Employment opportunities exist for photographer and video production assistants with experience in digital imaging techniques.

Students who complete this proficiency certificate can continue seamlessly in the A.A.S. program in photography.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this Photography proficiency certificate students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with the tools and process of video production, including preproduction, video acquisition, editing and final output.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with Adobe Photoshop tools including creation of composites and image restorations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with digital camera operation, digital workflow and digital printing techniques while applying color management theory.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply accepted aesthetic criteria to given assignments.

Program Entry Requirements:

This certificate is open to interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactory complete the appropriate English and mathematics course as part of the certificate.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a "C" grade or better in each of the courses listed. In order to receive a "C" grade or better and thus demonstrate competency, students must complete assignments, exams and participate in class activities.

Course Sequence:

Course Number and NamePrerequisitesCredits

PHOT 101 - Introduction to 35mm Film Camera and Darkroom Techniques or
PHOT 105 - Introduction to Digital Photography 

 4 credits
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production 3 credits
PHOT 151 - Techniques in Photo Editing (Photoshop I) 3 credits
PHOT 152 - Introduction to Color Photography and Digital PrintingPHOT 151 which may be taken concurrently3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or call the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.