Digital Photography Certificate

This program trains students for work as digital photographers and photo editors. Digital photography is a great career for students seeking to combine artistry with technical expertise. Our instructors help students hone their instincts for finding the perfect camera angles and teach them how to set up lighting that enhances their photos. Students will learn to use industry-standard photo-editing software to create professional-level visual effects and ensure high photo quality. The coursework also includes basic graphic design concepts to round out students’ skills and increase their marketability. Potential careers include advertising photographer, fashion photographer, graphic designer and photojournalist.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Capture the moment by taking high-quality photos
Master state-of-the-art camera and photo editing technology

Program Snapshot

In-district Tuition: $3,744.00*
Out-of-district Tuition: $5,376.00*
Credits: 32*
Median Salary: $40,360*

Possible Careers

Commercial photographer
Event photographer
Studio photographer

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

George Gibeau
Electronic Media, Graphic Design & Networking
Department Chair


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