Studio/Commercial Photography


Effective 1 June 2018 through 31 May 2019

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36 Credit Hours

This program is offered by the School of Communications/Electronic and Photographic Media Department, and is only available at the St. Louis home campus.

For information on general requirements for the certificate, see Certificate Program Policies and Procedures.

This program is not available to BA in photography majors.

The certificate in studio/commercial photography is designed to provide students with a solid theoretical and practical knowledge in the area of studio and commercial photography. Students will develop a basic understanding of photographic history and technique in both chemical and digital environments. Upper-level courses will focus on the specialized knowledge needed to work in the field of studio/commercial photography and will cover studio lighting and diverse camera formats. The program is characterized by a hands-on approach and will culminate with a professional internship in the field. 

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses applied toward the certificate.

Learning Outcomes

Successful graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the theoretical and practical aspects of traditional and digital photography.
  • Demonstrate professional work standards in the field of commercial photography in freelance or studio environments.

Required Courses

36 credit hours:

  • PHOT 0100 Photography Portfolio Review (0 hours)
  • EPMD 1000 Introduction to Media Production (3 hours)
  • MEDC 1050 Introduction to Media Writing (3 hours)
  • PHOT 1000 Photo I (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2000 Photo II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 2040 History of Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3000 Color Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3120 Studio Photography and Lighting (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3190 Digital Photographic Imaging (3 hours)
  • PHOT 3195 Digital Photographic Imaging II (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography (3 hours)
  • MEDC 4950 Internship (3 hours)

In addition, students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours from among the following:

  • PHOT 3180 Topics in Scientific Photography (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4000 Photo Workshop: Photography in Tuscany (3 hours)
  • PHOT 4030 Topics in Studio Photography (3 hours)
    (if a different topic from required PHOT 4030)
  • PHOT 4190 Topics in Digital Photographic Imaging (3 hours)