Diploma in Photography
For almost 20 years, the Philippine Center for Creative Imaging (PCCI), has been the leader in providing seminars, workshops and training courses for digital creatives, developers and photographers.
Diploma programs allow you to take many PCCI training courses that correspond to your chosen field, plus some elements, such as special classes and projects unique to diploma program takers.
Diploma programs are not equivalent to degree programs. The differences between diploma programs and degree programs are:
1. The time it takes to complete the program. Degree programs, such as Bachelor of Arts / Science, typically take four years. A diploma program takes less time to complete, less than a year.
2. The courses required to graduate. A degree program includes general education subjects such as English, Math, Philosophy, History, Biology. Courses in a diploma program immediately focus on the subjects specific to the field of study (core subjects); for example, photography or graphic arts.
3. The places of study. Degree programs are taken at universities and colleges. Diploma programs are awarded by technical–vocational schools or training centers.
PCCI’s diploma program in digital photography is designed so that, upon completing it, one will have the skills behind the camera, behind the computer, and in front of his clients.
It is a comprehensive yet intensive curriculum that allows its participants to learn the technical and creative side of photography and, more importantly, the various aspects one has to know and possess when considering a career as a photographer.
The courses are constructed with practicality in mind. Hands-on exercises follow lectures to ensure that the students can immediately practice and remember the skills and techniques discussed.
The program starts with the fundamentals in photography and smoothly transitions to the more advanced and specific practices in photography.
|Tracks||No. of days|
|Digital Camera Fundamentals||1 day|
|Basic Photography||3 days|
|Studio Portrait 101: Extraordinary Portraits of Ordinary People||3 days|
|Strobist Photography: Creative Techniques with Portable Flash||1 day|
|Advanced Portrait Photography: Creative Lighting for Studio & Outdoor Portraiture||2 days|
|Fashion Photography||2 days|
|The Secrets of Product Photography||2 days|
|Corporate Photography||2 days|
|Architecture & Interiors Photography: From Shooting to Post-Processing||2 days|
|The Brave New (and Profitable) World of 360° Photography||2 days|
|Black-and-White Photography||2 days|
|Pet Photography||1 day|
|Sports & Action Photography||2 days|
|Documentary Photography||3 days|
|Ins & Outs of Wedding Photography||1 day|
|Wedding Photography: Prenup & Wedding Day Photography + Album Design Making||3 days|
|Creative Expressions: Advanced Wedding Photography & Image Editing||2 days|
|Image Editing and Management|
|Fundamentals of Digital Imaging and Digital Color||1 day|
|Color Management: Get the Colors Right the First Time||1 day|
|Adobe Photoshop Beginner to Intermediate||3 days|
|Advanced Photoshop for Photographers||1 day|
|Photo Editing & Management with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom||3 days|
|Minding Your Own (Photography) Business||1 day|
|Web Design Fundamentals||1 day|
|Legal Affairs for Photographers, Videographers and
|Kickstart Your Freelance Business Today||2 days|
|TESDA Assessment (Photography NC II)||1 day|
|Final Project: Developing Printed Portfolio|
Certificate of Completion: Given at the end of the course, when the student has attended at least 80% of the course duration, completed and submitted the assignments or exercises required in all the courses, and when the course instructor or program director has approved these assignments.
Certificate of Achievement: Awarded once the student completes and submits the approved final project. The final project is the reflection of the student’s accumulated learning from all the courses the student has taken.
National Certificate (Photography NC II): Issued when a candidate has demonstrated competence in all units of competency that comprised a Photography NC II assessment.
Certificate of Achievement – Armed with the PCCI Certificate of Achievement, you would have surely gained a decisive edge in the job market.
Great Savings – Save money and precious time because the program is designed to be completed in only a few months and you save more than 40% in course fees (compared to attending courses individually).
Moreover, you can learn faster and more effectively with our intensive hands-on format, as well as the creative training techniques, which our instructors have used to train thousands of creatives and photographers for nearly 20 years.
Career Opportunities: What can I do after completing the program? Where can I work? - The diploma programs comprise the necessary courses—which are continuously reviewed and developed—that will prepare you for a career in your chosen field, whether in a corporate setting or as a freelance artist.
For photographers, you can train for or choose careers in wedding photography, portrait photography, advertising photography, and more. Most practitioners in these fields are freelance or self-employed, although you can start your first years as a staff photographer in an established studio. You may also consider newspapers and magazines as a photojournalist or feature photographer. Some printing and publishing houses may also employ a staff of in-house photographers, or have a list of independent photographers they regularly turn to for their print projects.
What is important, whether you are planning to go freelance or seek employment, is to prepare and update regularly a portfolio to show prospective employees or clients.
Satisfaction Guaranteed - Those seeking to reinforce their newly acquired skills, as well as those unable to master all the skills and techniques the first time, can take advantage of our FREE lifetime refreshers of the same courses, as long as the course is being offered.
- Duly accomplished and signed PCCI Registration Form
- For students 17 years old and below: Signed waiver of parents or guardians allowing the student to join location shoot within and outside Metro Manila.
- For photography courses, each student is required to bring his own camera and accessories, one suitable for the subject or field of study.
Note: For computer-based classes, student will be provided one computer each during the class.
After completing the Diploma in Photography program, the student is expected to have the skills, knowledge, and attitude necessary in working as a photographer whether as a freelance professional or as an employee:
- Common parts and features of a camera, their function, and the appropriate time to use them
- Getting the right exposure when shooting with natural/continuous light source
- Getting the right exposure when shooting with portable/studio flash
- Exposure triangle—ISO, aperture, shutter speed
- Characteristics of light
- Choosing the appropriate lens for the required output
- Choosing the appropriate equipment and accessories for the required output
- Photographing different subjects:
- People: Individual, Pair, Group; Formal; Commercial; Fashion; Indoor, Outdoor
- Structures: Interior, Exterior
- Documenting Events
- Post-processing photos using the most popularly used software (Adobe Photoshop)
- Organizing files using the most popularly used software (Adobe Lightroom)
- Preparing one’s business in photography
- Legal aspects that concern photographers
- Troubleshooting common photography-related problems
- Handling client inquiries, requests, and complaints
Payment Terms & Conditions
|Downpayment||Thirty percent (30%) downpayment is required upon registration (cash, check or credit card)|
|Downpayment is not refundable but transferable to other people or schedule, as long as the original registrant has not taken yet any of the course under the program.|
|Balance payment||Can be paid in installments within 4 months from date of enrollment (cash, PDCs or credit card). Payment schedule will be given upon registration.|
|5% discount on the payable amount for those who’ll pay in full upon registration|
|Note: Program should be completed within a year from date of first class. Otherwise all payments shall be forfeited or considered used.|
- Lunch and snacks
- Course materials (writing materials, handout/manual/book/references)
- Transportation cost for location shoot that are part of some photography courses
- Use of lab computers to work on class assignments, practice lessons, and prepare their student portfolios or student projects
- Free lifetime refreshers or retake of the same course that you have not mastered the first time.
- TESDA Photography NC II assessment fee
- PCCI T-shirt & mug
How to Pay?
There are several ways to pay:
- Deliver the payment (cash, check or credit card) to our office. Check is payable to Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, Inc.
Deposit the payment to
- any Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 1-249-91545-5; or
- any Banco de Oro (BDO) branch, in favor of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging Inc, S/A 429-0078357.
Registrants from other countries may pay in US dollars. Please see below dollar account details.
- Payee Name: Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, Inc.
- Bank Name: Banco De Oro (BDO)
- Vendor/payee account number: 536-0039680
- Bank Branch: Makati Cinema Square, Makati City
- Bank Address: Ground Floor Makati Cinema Square, Pasong Tamo, Makati City
- Bank Code: BNORPHMM
- Bank Branch Code: 429
- SWIFT Code: BNORPHMM
Then email (or fax) the copy of the payment slip with your name and program written legibly on it.
- Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax number: +63 (2) 892-5281
To request for complete program details and updated program calendar, please EMAIL: email@example.com
9 AM to 5 PM
₱95,000 (USD 2,375)
Includes materials, lunch and snacks.
Be sure to read the Registration Info before registering.