The advent of digital photography has changed the photography industry forever ─ and altered the skills expected of professional photographers. Learn how our Digital Workflow Certificate program can prepare you to enter the field of photography, enhance your skills, or help you make a career transition.
Enhance your Digital Workflow skills
In this program, you can:
- Study basic exposure, composition, and camera operations before moving on to photographic design, digital processing, color management, printing, and applied business practices
- Get the information you need to consider starting a one-person retouching or printing business, or to pursue a position as an assistant to an established photographer
- Develop industry-standard skills and in-depth technical knowledge of digital imaging and processing, from exposure to final presentation
- Learn how to build a competitive portfolio of your photographic work
- Receive guidance from instructors with extensive photography knowledge and experience
The courses in the Certificate in Digital Workflow are designed to prepare you to pursue a career in your chosen field. All of our courses are built to engage and challenge you through text, video, animation, chat, and more, while also helping you learn relevant industry knowledge and skills.View course listing
As a graduate, you’ll be prepared to seek these entry-level positions in the photography industry:
- Digital Imaging Specialist
- Photo Processor
Our Career Services team can support you in preparing for and finding the career opportunity that’s right for you.
Each student who enrolls at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh — Online Division is encouraged to complete an online student orientation prior to the start date of the student's first course. The online orientation helps the student become familiar with different features of the online classroom environment and prepares the student for his or her role as an active learner in the online classroom.
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The faculty members at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division are devoted to empowering you for your future career. Their guidance and mentorship can help you to focus your creative energy and vision toward the skills that matter most in your field—and, as an online student, you’ll be in constant contact with your instructors via email, video, phone, and even chat.
Digital Workflow degree requirements
The prospective student must be a high school graduate with a minimum, cumulative, final high school CGPA of 1.5 or higher, or hold a General Education Development (GED) Certificate, or associate's degree or higher as a prerequisite for admission.
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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division photography program is designed to allow students to build their equipment suite piece by piece. The first photography course in the Digital Workflow Certificate program, PHOA102 Introduction to Photography Applications, only requires Adobe production software and any device that can shoot an 8 megapixel photograph and upload to your computer. The first shooting course, PHOA101 Principles of Digital Photography is where a student makes their first major investment in a High Definition SLR Camera, lenses and other accessories. Later in the program an Ambient and Flash Meter is used in PHOA112 and a professional studio strobe kit is needed for PHOA113 Lighting. Additional smaller investments in a photo-quality printer, backgrounds, an on-camera flash, and color calibrator will be needed at other points in the program.
By the time a student graduates they will have invested in the equipment they need to set-up his/her own photography business - a practical investment in their future. Each graduate is ready to set up his/her own studio or work in a studio, because by the time he/she completes the program he/she will own and have worked with a professional camera, 3 – strobe lighting kit, printer, flash, color calibrator, and other studio accessories.
List of materials and equipment required for the photography program
While the total cost will differ for each person, incoming Photography students can expect to invest at approximately $2,000 to $5,000 throughout the duration of this program. These costs are associated with each student acquiring the professional equipment necessary to engage in the primary activities as a professional in the industry; the range is due to the various levels of quality from the minimum required to a higher level.
- HDSLR (High-definition Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera) with interchangeable lenses, 10 megapixel or higher sensor resolution, capable of recording HD video (Many cameras that are labeled DSLR cameras also meet the concept of an "HDSLR." The distinction is based on whether a camera shoots HD video or not. This can be 1920 by 1080 or it can be 1280 by 720 -- either format will be fine. The camera must be able to record video and sound.)
- Memory Card(s)
- Backup Batteries
- Camera lenses with 18-200mm focal length range
- Camera Bag (Optional)
- Medium Sized Tripod - Must be able to firmly secure a SLR Camera + Flash
- Monopod (Optional)
- On-camera flash (Hot Shoe Flash)
- 1 Monolight (Studio Strobe) with radio slave
- Ambient/Flash Meter
- Light Modifiers (umbrellas, softboxes)
- Light Stands
- Gray Card
- Lavalier Microphone
- External Digital Recorder
- Neutral Density Filters
- LED with Hot-Shoe Mount
- Adobe Creative Cloud Subscription (Contains Adobe Acrobat Professional, After Effects, Animate, Audition, Bridge, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Lightroom, and Premiere Pro)
- Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher) or Microsoft Office University 365
- Antivirus Software (Latest Version)
- Skype (Recommended)
- Techsmith SnagIt, Jing, or other screen capture software
Adobe Acrobat Reader, Adobe Flash Player, Windows Media Player, and Java
Minimum technology requirements
- PC: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Intel® Core™2 Duo or AMD Phenom® II processor; 64-bit support required, Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), 20 GB available hard disk space recommended, 1366 x 768 minimum display resolution (1920x1080 recommended), 7200 RPM or faster hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended); Sound card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model 1 GB VRAM,and OpenGL 2.0–capable system.
- Mac: Users should have systems with the following specifications: Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support, *Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher, v10.8, or v10.9, 4GB of RAM (8GB recommended), 30 GB available hard disk space recommended, 1366 x 768 minimum display resolution (1920x1080 recommended), 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended), QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features; 1 GB VRAM, and OpenGL 2.0–capable system.
*Mac users must have a minimum of OS 10.7 in order to run Adobe Creative Cloud.
Additional required hardware
- Photo Printer - capable of handling 8.5 x 11 Photo Paper, and minimum of 6+ separate ink cartridges to ensure sufficient range of color representation in printing
- Color Management System (Xrite ColorMunki Photo)
An internet connection speed of 256K is required, 1 Mbps or greater is recommended.
Web browser requirements
Windows Users: The two latest releases of Microsofft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.
Mac Users: The two latest releases of Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome are supported.
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