Photographic Media Arts

Career Studies Certificate

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Lights, camera, shoot!

Whether you want to be the best photographer on your block or you’re ready to try a career snapping pictures, lay your visual foundation with TCC’s new certificate.

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Would you love to take better pictures or learn what all those settings mean on your camera? Or maybe you’d like an introduction to video techniques, digital imaging and studio lighting.

Whether you’re a weekend hobbyist or looking to earn a few bucks in the field, consider working toward your Career Studies Certificate in Photographic Media Arts. You will receive a foundation in photographic imaging and digital media and be introduced to the latest technical skills. You’ll have access to industry-current equipment, studio facilities and computer labs at TCC’s Visual Arts Center.

The 27-credit certificate offers you the chance to:

  • Work with Adobe Lightroom CC and Adobe Photoshop CC
  • Create well-crafted visual images
  • Learn practical approaches to self-promotion by designing materials with your own brand identity.


If you find you want to further expand your education, all of the classes stack into TCC’s Associate of Applied Arts in Studio Arts: Specialization in Photographic Media Arts.

Evening, hybrid, online and eight-week courses are available.

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What does this program cost?

TCC’s Career Studies Certificate in Photographic Media Arts consists of 27 credits, with classes held mainly at the Visual Arts Center in Olde Town, Portsmouth.

If your schedule does not permit full-time attendance, you may also take classes part time.

Estimated Program Cost*:
27 credits x $185.35 per credit = $5,004.45 (not including textbooks and supplies)
*Based on Fall 2018 in-state tuition. Your actual cost may differ.

Photography students are responsible for providing additional materials, such as cameras, memory devices, printing costs and materials for print presentation. All classes beyond Photography I require Digital SLR cameras. The total cost of the program largely depends on the quality and amount of equipment purchased by the student.

Is this program for me?

Yes, if you:

  • are creative
  • enjoy learning new technology
  • have a passion for photography and digital design
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TCC’s 33,330-square-foot Visual Arts Center houses 15 studios, glassblowing lab and 2,000 square feet of exhibition space

You may contribute to "340 High Street," an annual publication that showcases student artwork

Facilities include a full range of professional photography equipment, including digital cameras and lights for use in the studio and the field

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