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Fine Art Photography PHOT.S.CRT

One-year Technical Certificate - 30 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Art
Effective as of Fall 2024

What is the program about?

The Fine Art Photography Certificate is designed for the student seeking a career as a fine artist. The certificate serves as a stand-alone program of study for individuals wishing to open photography studios or as a complementary base for students intending to complete the Associate of Arts, Art degree and continue their studies at four-year colleges and universities. The certificate ensures students gain a strong visual knowledge of current and historical photographic mediums. Students are exposed to studio photography, studio lighting techniques, alternative processes, darkroom-based and digital photography. This program maintains a strong foundation in film-based processes and darkroom printing techniques. The student will learn to operate small format 35mm, medium format 120, large format manual film cameras as well as digital camera operation. Basic computer imaging techniques will also be addressed.

Program Outcomes

  • Execute high-quality images against industry standards by applying and improving technical skills.
  • Apply critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills to a variety of aesthetic and photographic problems.
  • Discuss the history, fundamentals and basic theories of photography.

Career Opportunities

The Fine Art Photography Certificate prepares students to open their own photography studios or to transition into the Associate of Arts, Art degree program, where upon completion, they may continue their studies at four-year colleges, universities, or standalone art schools.


Columbus College of Art & Design, University of Dayton, Wright State University. Additionally, Photography courses successfully transfer to all NASAD-accredited institutions including Bowling Green University, Central State University, The Ohio State University, Ohio University, Miami University, and the University of Cincinnati.


Course Title Credits
ART 1161 Black & White Darkroom Photography I 3
ART 1162 Black & White Darkroom Photography II 3
ART 1170 Non-Silver Photography 3
ART 1171 Studio Photography 3
ART 1175 Computer Photography 3
ART 2235 History of Photography 3
ART 2265 Digital Color Photography I 3
ART 2294 Photography Portfolio Development 2
CHE 1011 Chemistry in Modern Life for General Education 4
CHE 1051 Lab for Chemistry in Modern Life for General Education 0
MAT 1110 (Math for Technologists) OR MAT 1130 (Mathematics in Health Sciences) OR MAT 1445 (Quantitative Reasoning) 3
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Program Accreditation Information

Sinclair College is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art & Design (NASAD). Photography curriculum and student work have been thoroughly assessed and undergo re-accreditation review every ten years. Photography courses successfully transfer to all NASAD-accredited institutions.

This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.