Certificate Program

Advanced Photography & Video

Learn advanced techniques and practice contemporary conceptual strategies, culminating in a portfolio that demonstrates this understanding

This certificate is appropriate for students who have completed the Certificate in Digital Photography and educators who wish to improve their skills and credentials. This program advances the study of photography and video by examining large format photography, advanced color photography, advanced Adobe Photoshop skills that will culminate in a book of original photography, and the expanded exploration into video processes. It is possible to complete this certificate in a single Fall semester.

Required Courses

PHV 307 Advanced Color Photography

In this course, students pursue personal image sources while expanding their technical abilities in both color analog and digital image making. The first part of the course will be devoted to building upon the aesthetic and technical color skills learned in the sophomore year. Students will experiment with a variety of color materials and techniques, including various filters, camera formats, lenses, processing options, films, papers, and software. They will move from the production of a series of short conceptual assignments that require the use of specific methods to a self-generated extended project for which they are required to select appropriate materials. Readings on relevant critical issues in photography provide context and inspiration for image-making. Visiting artists, museum visits, and group and individual critiques will provide additional direction. Students will be required to write an artist’s statement to accompany their extended project.
3 credits

PHV 317 Intermediate Video

Building upon basic video skills learned in PH220, students will be taught more complex camera movement: blocking, advanced editing techniques such as montage editing, non-linear editing, documentary forms, creating a narrative arc in terms of more advanced screenwriting, and color correction for video.
3 credits


PHV 427 Video Projects

Students in this course create video projects, generated in conjunction with the faculty member, that go through the full stages of development in pre- and post-production, including full sound design, thoughtful camera movement, scripting that has subtext and meaning, and a post process that includes editing, color correction, and sound-sweetening. Narrative, documentary, experimental, or commercial projects are acceptable depending on the student’s interest. Readings on relevant critical issues in the video provide context and inspiration for projects.
3 credits

PHV 323 Large Format: Description & Contemplation

Students learn large format photography in this course, including how to operate a large format view camera, and utilize the unique image-making possibilities of 4×5 inch camera movements. Technical attention is placed on learning the Zone System method of exposure, development and printing. Assignments include problems in still life, portrait and landscape photography, and build upon skills learned in PH207 and PH221. Readings on relevant critical issues in photography, interaction with visiting artists, museum visits, and group and individual critiques provide context and inspiration for image making.
3 credits

PHV 326 Advanced Digital Photography

This course incorporates techniques and strategies that are used by photographic artists to extend their vision within the digital photography environment. In this course students learn various techniques, including digital, for combining, manipulating and repurposing single photographs into larger pieces. Emphasis is on the formal and conceptual elements of montage while camera techniques, digital stitching, color management and other craft issues are being learned. Readings on relevant critical issues in photography provide context and inspiration for image making.
3 credits

Who Should Enroll

The program is designed for a wide range of individuals. College experience is not a prerequisite for this program, but having photography experience is essential since this is advanced material. High school and college graduates, veterans, professionals, and entrepreneurs will be among the students who bring their diverse perspectives to the program.


$1,157 per credit hour
A total of 12 credit hours are required. Credits to be billed per course.

How to Register

Enrolling in one of PCA&D’s Certificate Programs is simple. Confirm your intent to pursue one of our certificates by filling out an application.

If you have any questions regarding mapping out a plan, upcoming class schedules, or completing your certificate, please contact Bonnie Kern, our Admissions Transfer & Outreach Coordinator, at 717.396.7833 ext 1014 or email bkern@pcad.edu.

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