Graphic Arts Digital Photography Certificate
Learn digital photography techniques
- Credit hours: 23
- Stackable to degree: No
- Potential job outcomes: Desktop publisher, photographer
Sharpen your camera skills with this 23-credit-hour certificate program in digital photography. In addition to learning a variety of digital photography techniques for beginners, you’ll also receive training in the graphic arts, giving you added knowledge and broader career options to explore.
Coursework in this program includes introduction to graphic arts technology, digital imaging, color management, introduction to photography, digital photography and a capstone digital photography project.
Outside of class, you can gain additional experience working in one of Harper College’s three state-of-the-art graphic arts labs, which are all equipped with Mac computers and the latest creative software. On-site printing presses allow you to get hands-on experience in all areas of graphic arts production. Classes are led by knowledgeable instructors who are industry experts in their fields.
Certificate program requirements
This 23 credit-hour certificate program is designed for students interested in specializing in digital photography. This certificate will enhance a student’s current employment position as well as provide new employment opportunities in the graphic arts industry.
|GRA 101||Introduction to Graphic Arts Technology||3|
Description: Provides students an overview of past, present and future graphic arts processes including graphic applications for design/layout, imaging, photography, prepress, print and finishing. Direction is provided on occupations in the Graphic Arts industry and the use of digital applications related to producing print materials. Provides a hands-on understanding of desktop publishing software through lab and lecture.
|GRA 103||Digital Imaging I||3|
Description: Covers fundamentals of professional digital image-editing software (Adobe Photoshop). Emphasizes skills to manipulate photos using current software tools and special effects filters. Explores program tools, color correction, channels, layers and masks. Computer skills are required for success in this course.
|GRA 105||Color Management||3|
Description: Examines the fundamentals of color theory and color management, throughout the entire graphic arts process. Students will explore all color management techniques of input and output devices as well as tools and concepts for successful color control.
Prerequisite: GRA 101 or GRA 103 with a grade of C or better.
|GRA 113||Digital Imaging II||3|
Description: Covers advanced functions of digital image-editing software. Emphasizes advanced software functionality, color correction and color management needs as well as commercial imaging practices in a prepress environment. Focuses on different types of image capture and file manipulation.
Prerequisite: GRA 103 with a grade of C or better.
|GRA 130||Introduction to Photography||2|
Description: Explores beginning fundamentals of photography, its history, and the development of photography in both commercial and creative usage. Presents a past and present use of photography focusing on techniques and applications in a conventional camera-based environment emphasizing the digital photographic arena.
|GRA 131||Digital Photography I||3|
Description: Explores the techniques and applications of digital image capture, manipulating images in Photoshop and outputting digital images. Focuses on the technical aspect of digital photography, lighting needs, application use and color management basics. Project based instruction utilizing basic photographic concepts, commercially and creatively. A DSLR camera is required for this course.
Prerequisite: GRA 130 with a grade of C or better.
|GRA 232||Digital Photography II||3|
Description: Explores advanced techniques and applications of digital image capture, concentrating on application uses and output. Focuses on different types of digital photography in the graphic arts arena, from product shots, food, fashion and location techniques. Investigates different equipment and color management in a commercial studio environment. A DSLR camera is required for this course.
Prerequisite: GRA 131 with grades of C or better.
|GRA 299||Digital Photography Capstone||3|
Description: Provides the digital photography student with a broad educational experience through observation and participation in an industry environment. Students gain hands-on experience by being assigned to a commercial photography company. Students will be supervised by an industry professional and must report on every work session.
Prerequisite: Prior or concurrent enrollment in GRA 232 and consent of coordinator.
Students interested in graphic arts technology may also be interested in:
- Gainful Employment Disclosure (required by the U.S. Department of Education)
- Harper Career Paths: Graphic Arts Technology