The Los Angeles Center of Photography offers four certificate programs for students seeking a focused and comprehensive course of study. Developed solely and independently by the Los Angeles Center of Photography, the programs are open and revolving, meaning students can enroll at any time throughout the year. No application is required. Eighteen months are given to complete each program. Each student enrolling in a certificate program will receive 25% off their tuition and will become automatic Members of LACP (Bronze level). A one-time candidacy fee of $250 is required to enroll in a certificate program.
Professional Advisory & Counseling Services
Students will receive professional guidance throughout the program. Virtual office hours will be available the first Wednesday of each month to meet with your student advisor/counselor.
The Certificate Programs
General Course of Study
This certificate is hybrid experience, meaning coursework will be completed in-person AND online.
The General Course of Study Certificate Program is designed for the beginning student with no experience. Six classes are required to earn the certificate. Students will learn how to effectively use their digital cameras as well as the basic concepts of photography. One composition class will provide students with an essential understanding of how to compose their images for maximum impact. Students will also learn the two most prominent softwares in the photo industry – Photoshop and Lightroom.
This certificate must be completed online.
The Fine Art Certificate Program stirs creative thought and encourages students to closely examine the meaning or story behind their imagery. Students will discover their personal vision and work toward building a portfolio of work. Five classes are required to earn the certificate.
(NOTE: Beginning students should complete the General Course of Study certificate program first before enrolling in the Fine Art certificate program.)
Lighting & Portraiture
This certificate must be completed in-person.
The Lighting & Portraiture Certificate Program focuses on the technical and creative aspects of using artificial and natural light. Students will study flash technology, in-studio strobe equipment, and ambient lighting techniques. For most of the classes, students will have the opportunity to practice with models. Five classes are required to earn the certificate.
(NOTE: Beginning students in photography should complete the General Course of Study certificate program first before enrolling in the Commercial certificate program.)
This certificate can be completed in-person and/or online.
The Self-Designed Certificate Program is a non-structured course of study, giving students the flexibility to create their own curriculum, tailored to their interests or specific needs. A minimum of six classes are required to ear the certificate, although students may elect to take up eight classes.
Applying Classes Retroactively
If you have taken one or more classes prior to enrolling in a certificate program and wish to apply them retroactively, you may do so providing the classes are within one year of your certificate program enrollment date. Fees will be determined by calculating the difference between the certificate tuition minus the total amount of class tuition previously paid.
NOTE: Students may NOT apply classes retroactively toward the self-designed certificate program.
How to Enroll
There are no application procedures to enroll in the certificate programs. Students may enroll at any time throughout the year. To enroll in a certificate program, a one-time candidacy fee of $250 is required. After paying the candidacy fee, please refer to the specific certificate page for further information including the cost of each certificate and required coursework.
Tuition and candidacy fee is nonrefundable and nontransferable.
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