Photography Technical Diploma

Photography students and instructor examine camera

Program Code: 312031

As a Photography program graduate, you will be prepared for a variety of photography careers. You will be skilled in the latest digital technologies necessary to succeed. Career choices include portrait and wedding photographer, nature photographer, sport and event photographer, product photographer, digital artist and fine art photographer.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:
• Digital Photography, 902031
• Digital Photography Advanced, 902032


Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Portrait Photographer

Wedding Photographer


Nature Photographer

Sports Photographer

Event Photographer

Commercial Photographer

Digital Imaging Specialist

Digital Artist

Freelance Photographer: initiates entrepreneurial work with self-established client base. Construct and direct a professional photo shoot driven by client requirements including image capturing. Specializes in one or two areas listed above.


Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to
• Computer familiarity and ability to use a keyboard and mouse.
• Strong computer skills.
• Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements).
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIME Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Green Bay
Sturgeon Bay
Students following the study plan below will complete the Digital Photography technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
10-203-104 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL ...capturing digital images, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, composition, camera operations, lenses, lighting, camera accessories, types of photography, photo challenges, and importing images. Access to a digital camera required.
10-105-101 CAREER PLANNING ...experiential learning introduction. Learn how personal branding allows candidates to differentiate themselves from the competition through appearance, personality, and marketing competency. Career portfolio introduced. (Corequisite: 10-890-101, College 101)
10-203-126 PHOTOGRAPHY-DSLR VIDEO resolution and frame rates, DSLR video camera functions, achieving correct exposure and white balance, achieving good audio, composition and story development, video editing, creating a movie, movie delivery formats.
10-111-101 PHOTOSHOP FUNDAMENTALS ...perform raster Image Editing. Course content covers functions of Adobe Photoshop. Create image selections, extractions and composite files using Adobe software, and apply common photo adjustments using fundamental design solutions, creating composite images.
10-203-180 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL WORKFLOW ...(Adobe Lightroom) photo editing, image retouching, proofing, publishing, archiving. Techniques for sorting, ranking, organizing images, display images for client review, apply metadata, color manage your workflow.
10-203-120 PHOTOGRAPHY-LANDSCAPE AND NATURE ...photograph landscapes, night and low light, wildlife, plant, waterways, close-ups of natural scenes and textures emphasizing aesthetic value. Techniques involved depth-of-field, shutter speed, lenses, lighting, HDR, editing. Topics include equipment, focal length, and ethics. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography Digital)
10-203-130 PHOTOGRAPHY SPECIALTIES ...photograph in the specialized areas of commercial, portrait, and wedding. Techniques and topics include set design, studio and location lighting, posing, portraiture styles, event and post-event workflow. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography Digital)
10-203-178 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL ADVANCED ...advanced camera operations. Identify and control qualities of light. Setup and use multiple light setups with speedlights, strobes, and constants. Work with natural light and light modifiers. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography-Digital)
10-203-187 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL EDITING ...(Adobe Photoshop) digital editing through advanced tool usage and masking. Non-destructive editing through RAW and smart objects. Color adjustments, advanced retouching, automation, photorealism, creating reusable presets/compositions. (Prerequisite: 10-111-101, Photoshop Fundamentals)
10-203-122 PHOTOGRAPHY-SPORTS AND EVENTS ...photograph a variety of sports and events for editorial and advertising purposes. Techniques involve aperture, shutter speed, lighting, focal lengths, bursting. Topics include equipment, location, storytelling, photojournalism, vernacular photography, etiquette. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography Digital)
10-804-134 MATHEMATICAL REASONING ...This course provides an alternative pathway to earning credit for a college level liberal arts mathematics course. All college students, regardless of their college major, need to be able to make reasonable decisions about fiscal, environmental, and health issues that require quantitative reasoning skills. An activity based approach is used to explore numerical relationships, graphs, proportional relationships, algebraic reasoning, and problem solving using linear, exponential and other mathematical models. Students will develop conceptual and procedural tools that support the use of key mathematical concepts in a variety of contexts. This course is not designed for Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) students and/or others who require calculus. (Prerequisite: Next Gen Arith score greater/equal to 250 AND Rdg score greater/equal to 250; OR TABE A 9/10 Math greater/equal to 12.7 AND Rdg greater/equal to 8.8; OR TABE 11/12 Math greater/equal to 780 AND Rdg greater/equal to 567; OR ACT Math score greater/equal to 15 AND ACT Reading score greater/equal to 16; OR prep courses-contact an academic advisor 920-498-5444)
10-203-102 PHOTOGRAPHY-PRINT & PORTFOLIO ...prepare and print images for portfolio presentation, assemble a professional portfolio, color management workflow for photographers, and choosing printers or print labs. Require portfolio presentation and hands on experience. Note: It is strongly recommended this course be taken last. (Prerequisite: 10-105-101, Career Planning)
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Apply the principles of design and storytelling to develop media products and services.
• Develop proficiency in the use of media software, tools and technology.
• Implement creative solutions from concept through completion.
• Communicate creative rationale in formal and informal settings.
• Implement project management skills to meet customer and market demands.
• Apply effective and ethical business practices.


Study Abroad Opportunities

The International Programs staff continually seeks opportunities for students to travel abroad for educational experiences that may be offered in association with program courses. To find out more about which of your program courses may offer an opportunity during this academic year, contact your academic advisor or visit