Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Course Catalog 
2024-2025 Course Catalog


Photography Advanced, Certificate

Location(s): Ankeny

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The Advanced Photography Certificate includes courses Commercial Photography I & II, Portrait Photography I & II, and Portfolio Photography.  These courses provide an in-depth look into the skills and techniques needed to successfully understand the challenges of commercial and portrait photography as a whole. They look at the vast responsibilities, demands and expectations of photographers and the products they produce. This program provides learning experience in Portrait and Commercial Photography production.

Program Details

Pathway: Design, Media, & the Arts

More information on this Pathway.

Students may start this program any semester.

Program Graduation Requirements

To earn a Photography Advanced Certificate , a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Total Credits Required to Complete this Award - 18 Credits

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2
Books (approximate) 100 100
Supplies 250  
Camera (Digital) 1200  

Approximate total cost for the program: $5,124**

**Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

  • Produce creative images under pressure.
  • Produce images using traditional techniques.
  • Produce images using electronic techniques.
  • Produce images for magazines, advertising, weddings and posters

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

  • Use current Photoshop software to produce finished images.
  • Be able to take a project from start to finish.
  • Work with a diverse group of people.
  • Make necessary changes to bring work up to industry standards.

What Else Should I Consider about this Certificate program?

  • Be able to work on more than one project at a time.
  • Require hours at work and home to complete projects.
  • Produce accurate work with original ideas.
  • Will need to update tools as technology changes.

Program Competencies

  1. Describe camera equipment and accessories used for commercial photography assignments
  2. Describe various qualities of light and be able to recognize, produce, and control various lighting conditions including: diffused, direct, direct diffused and back light
  3. Identify different flash units used in the studio for studio lighting and commercial; and portrait lighting
  4. Integrate the multi-step process of “workflow” while working commercial and portrait photography assignments
  5. Demonstrate the appropriate use of the camera controls on a digital camera
  6. Identify memory devices and file types associated with digital cameras
  7. Demonstrate the principles of art, design and composition in commercial and portrait photography
  8. Demonstrate understanding of digital image resolution
  9. Analyze digital images in both a printed and/or electronic format
  10. Demonstrate Studio Lighting for portrait and commercial photography
  11. Demonstrate On-Location Lighting
  12. Demonstrate how to prepare a computer to correctly display digital images


Nondiscrimination Statement

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in its programs, activities, employment practices, or hiring practices, and harassment or discrimination based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information (in employment) and actual or potential parental, family or marital status. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Lack of English language proficiency will not be a barrier to admission and participation in career and technical education programs.

Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Executive Campus Dean’s office, the Executive Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. ADA questions and concerns may be directed to the Section 504/ADA Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 6, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6857, dso@dmacc.edu. Title IX questions and concerns may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 2006 S. Ankeny Blvd, Bldg 1, Ankeny, IA 50023, phone 515/964-6216, Title9@dmacc.edu. Questions or complaints about this policy may be directed to the Director of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczysnki Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, phone 312/730-1560, fax 312/730-1576, TDD 800-877-8339 Email OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.

DMACC offers career and technical programs in the following areas of study:
Agriculture, Natural and Environmental Science
Architecture, Engineering, and Construction
Arts, Design, and Visual Communication
Business, Management, and Marketing
Education, Public, and Human Services
Health Science
Hospitality and Culinary
Information Technology
Transportation & Logistics

Entrance requirements for specific programs can be found at Academic Pathway website.(2024)

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