At a Glance:

Contact: Britt Pitre, Program Chair
Direct: (404) 225-4439



Program Overview

This certificate program is designed to quickly teach students the basics of still photography for commercial use. In addition to learning how to use a camera, students will also learn Adobe Photoshop, basic lighting, shooting in studio and a documentary approach to still photography. Graduates may seek jobs as photography assistants or strike out on their own as freelancers.

Minimum Program Length: 3 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $3,768

Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age.
  • Completion of high school diploma or GED and submission of official transcript required to apply.
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math.
  • Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.
Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Currciulum (27 hours)
Occupational Courses (27 hours)

This student success course is designed to transition, connect, and acclimate new students to Atlanta Technical College. The course creates an awareness of various campus resources and holistic skill sets necessary to achieve educational and career success. Through the nurturing of academic, personal, social, occupational, and technological talents, students develop the academic and professional skills necessary to be successful in college and the global community.

Covers the basics of computer terminology, operating systems, and input and output devices, file formatting, file management, and overview of software. Introduces students to the fundamentals of design concepts, including design, composition and layout, color theory and typography.
In the Raster Imaging course, the student becomes acquainted with the concepts and software related raster image manipulation. The student is introduced to the workspace and tools used in an image editing software and will learn basic image editing techniques.
Introduces student to an overview of photography. Students will be introduced to parts of a camera, photography processes and lighting setup, and will complete various projects using a camera.
Students will produce photographs using a variety of commercial lighting techniques and common studio setups, and compositing practices. Students will be required to produce a portfolio of their photography in a variety of formats.
The student will refine imaging skills and apply concepts in advanced techniques of raster imaging.
This course is designed to provide an introduction to the principles and theories of photojournalism. It concentrates on the principles of personal and social documentary photography. It is also designed to increase understanding of photography as a communication tool and to train the student to translate ideas and information into photographic form.