Digital Photography and Design Certificate

3 students working with light boards in animation class while instructor and fellow students watch
The Art of Animation Class

Students completing this certificate in Digital Photography and Design (DPD) will develop comprehensive creative and technical skills in the fields of digital photography and design for purposes ranging from personal artistic expression to commercial and professional applications through practice- and project-based learning.

Courses in the DPD certificate provide students with the aesthetic, technical, and critical tools to understand and work with images in professional settings with training in industry-standard software programs used in photography editing and post-production, graphic design, and animation. Students choosing Special Topics in Advanced Digital Photography and/or Photojournalism as part of the certificate will be engaged in project-based learning as course projects require students to go out into the field with interactions beyond their instructors and classmates to design their own workflow and execute to create high-quality final products.

Portfolios created as students complete the certificate curriculum will showcase acquired proficiencies and personal perspectives and styles that can be used as the basis to pursue either further artistic training or job opportunities in a variety of professions or personal entrepreneurship.

This certificate is open to all enrolled students across UM-Dearborn and to non-degree-seeking students meeting specified requirements.


Samples of Student Work

Information about the Certificate

Certificate Director

For more information and application to the certificate program, contact:
Sarah Nesbitt

Sarah Nesbitt, LEO Lecturer IV in Applied Art