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UC San Diego Extension remains committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. In an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we have transitioned many of our courses to an online or live online format. Live Online classes are fully online with live virtual class meetings each week using our Zoom conferencing system. Online classes will have pre-recorded lectures each week and guided assignments from the instructor. We will resume in-person classes when it is deemed safe to do so.

Develop a Comprehensive Photography Portfolio as you Enhance your Creative and Technical Photographic Skills


The Professional Certificate in Photography will offer you a concentrated study in the photographic arts. The curriculum is designed to help you successively develop solid skills, including an understanding of the aesthetic and technical processes essential to the field of photography. This certificate program focuses on enhancing your creativity and technical abilities, as well as the final product—a portfolio of finished photographs. You may choose from a variety of photography courses with an emphasis on digital processes while improving your abilities to observe, find innovative solutions, and express individual creativity. The program is purposefully flexible; you may also choose an area of concentration and enroll in electives that fulfill your personal interests and goals.



In-Class & Online

Est. Cost



Early enrollment discounts can reduce cost. Textbooks/materials separate.



15 - 27 months

Varies by courses taken per quarter.

What You Will Learn:

  • Develop basic photographic skills.
  • Techniques to pursue creative ideas.
  • Broaden artistic vision.
  • Sharpen perceptual skills.
  • Work with fellow photography enthusiasts.
  • Study with professional photographers.

This Program Is Designed For:

  • Our program is designed for adults with little or no photography background.
  • For those with a burgeoning career in photography, the program offers specialization and concentration in an area of focus to help guide your career advancement.

Questions about our classes or certificates? Contact our department at 858-534-5760 or


There will be a $95 fee upon acceptance into the program

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There will be a $95 fee upon
acceptance into the program