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The Portrait Photography Certificate is a highly focused track of study that constructs in-depth knowledge of camera operations, photographic lighting techniques for portraits, one-person studio business procedures, and professional portrait methodology.
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A child’s smile. A newly engaged or married couple. A family’s shared joy. These are the moments that the portrait photographer captures and immortalizes for people from all walks of life. In order to be successful, portrait photographers need to have the technical skills and training with the latest equipment, techniques and principles of portrait photography.
If you are looking to enhance your skills or start a new career as a portrait photographer, then the Certificate of Portrait Photography program at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division might be the perfect fit for you.
The Portrait Photography Certificate is a highly focused track of study that constructs in-depth knowledge of camera operations, photographic lighting techniques for portraits, one-person studio business procedures, and professional portrait methodology. The program culminates with a portfolio of photographic portraits that demonstrate the student’s skills and achievements with concrete documentation.
The certificate equips a graduate with industry-standard portrait skills. In application, this program should provide sufficient information for a student to consider starting a one-person freelance portrait photography business or to become an assistant to an established portrait photographer. For a student who has already completed a liberal arts degree, this course of study should provide sufficient technical information to enhance their employability and visibility in the portrait photography sector.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), “Employment of photographers is projected to grow by 13 percent from 2010 to 2020, about as fast as the average for all occupations. […]Employment of self-employed photographers is expected to grow by 15 percent from 2010 to 2020. Demand for wedding and portrait photographers will continue as people continue to get married and need new portraits. In addition, corporations will continue to require the services of commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements to sell products.”
The BLS adds, “Job prospects will be best for candidates who are multitalented and possess related skills such as picture editing and capturing digital video.”
The Art Institute of Pittsburgh is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).