Professional Development Certificate

The Photography professional development certificate will help you learn the essentials of shooting, editing and processing. In this program, you will learn how to see with a photographer's eye and capture the world around you, improve your personal style and photographic compositions through an awareness of the history of photography and gain an understanding of current day advances to the medium.

Skills include operating the camera in manual mode to best control the power and impact of your photographs, using the Adobe Lightroom software as your file management system and digital darkroom to prepare photographs for print and publishing to the web, and learning in-studio external flash photography techniques. You will be equipped to apply all of your newly acquired skills as an art or documentary photographer and create your own unique independent project.

If you are new to photography, we recommend taking the Digital Photography Basics course before Digital Photography Level I.

Learning and Career Growth

Create a reputable portfolio with your personal touch. You will:
• Learn how to use the manual settings of your digital SRL camera to control light, develop your own style and showcase what you want your viewers to see
• Edit and process photographs effectively with a workflow process to save, edit and output digital files for web and print
• Learn to define a photography project with aesthetic and conceptual approaches while making technical and thoughtful choices to ensure your project’s success
• Discover the difference between an amateur photo and a professional creative one by engaging in critical evaluation of projects to improve decision-making and visual storytelling
• Work with instructors who are subject-matter experts with relevant professional experience


Duration and Delivery


This certificate consists of five courses 18-24 hours each in length for a total of 96 instructional hours. This certificate may be completed within six months.

Some courses may be offered online or face to face at Allard Hall City Centre Campus. Each individual course will have more information on course delivery.


Getting Started


There are no admission requirements for this program. You can simply register for a course any time, however, basic computer skills are required in order to benefit from the software-based course (Adobe Lightroom).


Course and/or material fees range from $345-$395 and the total cost to complete the full certificate is $1,905 based on the current course fees. Fees are listed with individual courses and do not include supplies unless otherwise indicated. Fees are subject to change.


Professional Development Certificate

Completion Requirements

Courses may be completed individually. Once you have successfully completed all of the required courses, you will receive a Professional Development Certificate.


If you have any questions about your enrolment, or if you would prefer not to enrol online, contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

School of Continuing Education
phone: 780-497-4400
toll-free: 1-855-797-4400

We're moving

The School of Continuing Education will move to Allard Hall at City Centre Campus Fall 2020.