LACP model Charito Mertz photographed by a student during a LACP workshpop, Disney Hall

Photo by Sebastian Ercus

General Course of Study

The General Course of Study Certificate Program is designed for the beginner. No experience is necessary. Five classes are required to earn the certificate. For those with little to no photography experience, this certificate is required before moving forward to either the Fine Art or Commercial certificate programs.

Complete these five classes listed below, in no particular order.
1. Basic Photography
2. After the Basics: Intermediate Photography (Must complete “Basic Photography” before enrolling in this class.)
3. Lightroom 1: The Basics
4. Photoshop 1: The Basics
5. The Business of Photography


(Regular price for required classes = $2,215)

Tuition includes automatic Bronze Level Membership to LACP.)

Refund policy

Tuition is nonrefundable and nontransferable.


To enroll in the General Course of Study Certificate Program, please pay the one-time candidacy fee of $250, then select the “Buy Now” button below and follow the prompts. Payment is required in full upon registration.



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