2023-2024 Catalog 
    Sep 23, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog

Photography Technical Certificate

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Technical Certificate
Contact Information:
Program Office 615-353-3531, White Bridge Road Campus, C-107D

This technical certificate prepares students for employment in the field of Photography. The program provides students with a working knowledge of digital camera and digital darkroom skills as well as preparing them to work in a studio setting.

Graduates in the program should be able to:

  • Efficiently operate a digital SLR camera;
  • Function competently in an entry level lab and/or studio position;
  • Demonstrate working knowledge of digital imaging computer programs; and
  • Approach photographic problem solving in a creative manner.

Career Opportunities

  • Photographer
  • Photographer’s Assistant
  • Lab Technician
  • Image Retoucher/ Photo Editor 

Grading Policy

A grade of “C” or above must be earned in all COM and PHO courses to meet prerequisite and graduation requirements.


This certificate is designed so that a student can apply all of the required courses toward a Nashville State A.A.S. degree in Visual Communications, Photography Concentration. A student who plans to apply the certificate toward an A.A.S. degree should consult his/her advisor about articulation options.

Total Certificate Requirements: 30 Credits


Recommended Electives


Students may take the following approved electives:

Recommended Full-Time Schedule

First Year


Part-time students are encouraged to consult with their advisors for a suggested schedule of classes.

Additional course requirements: The Tennessee Board of Regents requires that students either demonstrate the appropriate skill levels in math, reading, and/or writing before enrolling in college-level courses or enroll in appropriate co-requisite experiences with college-level courses to develop competency in those skills while performing college-level work. ACT/SAT scores, classic ACCUPLACER test scores, next-generation ACCUPLACER test scores, or other relevant information determine whether a student needs to enroll in co-requisite courses in math, reading, and/or writing (English).

Internships can be an important addition to a student’s formal classroom work and may substitute for technical courses with the prior approval of the instructor. The Career Services Office will provide the correct course numbers.


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