• Digital Photography

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    Continuing and Professional Education 
    66 West 12th Street
    New York, NY 10011
    Tel: 332.239.2292 
    [email protected]

  • Master the technical skills required to make successful images while dissecting the process behind creating photographs.  Learning about the camera and the history of image making will enable you to understand ISO, aperture, and shutter speeds as well as workflow, composition, and storytelling. Hone your artistic voice and leave with a complete photo series for your portfolio.

    Students typically complete this certificate in six months.

    • Format Online
    • Price $1,725
    • Total Courses 3
    • Course Length 6–9 weeks
  • Courses 

    Introduction to Digital Photo

    In this course on the fundamentals of photography, students learn how to construct images using the camera in a manual setting.  They gain a technical understanding of shutter speed, ISO, and aperture settings while being encouraged to experiment.

    Photography Composition Study

    Students learn about composition and natural lighting techniques through studio projects and the exploration of photo history.

    Photography Workflow

    In this course, students learn how to organize, build, and manage  a professional workflow.

  • “The Digital Photography Certificate incorporates both technical and historical practices, allowing students to explore their own personal style for making compelling images.”

    —Laura Nitz, Director of Adult Programs in Art, Design, and Fashion

  • Program Highlights

    Who Should Enroll

    • Hobbyists or amateur photographers looking to better understand their camera and how to create professional-quality photographs
    • Professionals in any field who want to improve their images for social media content or marketing
    • Creatives looking to add a new skill to their résumés

    What You’ll Gain

    • An understanding of how images are constructed using ISO, shutter speed, aperture, depth of field, and composition
    • The ability to process, organize, and manage your photographs for personal and client use
    • Knowledge of photo history through composition studies
    • An understanding of the basic camera setting for shooting in manual mode

    How You’ll Learn

    • Engaging video lectures
    • Direct interaction with faculty practitioners at the top of their field
    • Online collaboration and video conferencing
    • Project-based learning focused on developing real-world skills and portfolio assets
  • Why The New School?

    The professional landscape as we’ve known it has changed dramatically, and ongoing learning is more important now than ever before. At The New School, we champion every student’s creativity and growth. By combining integrated disciplines with collaborative problem solving, we deliver an immersive, transformative learning experience. With the leadership of Parsons School of Design—a globally top-ranked design school—our faculty imparts the critical expertise students need to advance their careers or pivot to a new one in a constantly evolving world.

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