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Diploma in Photography

Diploma Programs

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.

PCCI Diploma Program vs Degree Program »

PCCI Diploma Program vs Degree Program

PCCI 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. PCCI 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 PCCI diploma program immediately focus on the subjects specific to the field of study; 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 schools or training centers.

Diploma in Photography Program Overview »

Program Overview

The PCCI Diploma Program in Photography is a comprehensive curriculum that is constructed with practicality in mind with lectures following hands-on exercises to ensure students can immediately apply the skills and techniques in practice.

The program covers the fundamentals and the advanced and technical practices in professional photography.

List of Courses Included in the Program »

Tracks No. of days
Photography Essentials  
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
  • Fashion & Portrait Photography
Advanced Portrait Photography: Creative Lighting for Studio & Outdoor Portraiture 2 days
Fashion Photography 2 days
Advertising Photography  
The Secrets of Product Photography 2 days
  • Feast for the Eyes: Professional Food 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
Editorial Photography  
Sports & Action Photography 2 days
Photojournalism 2 days
  • Street Photography
2 days
Documentary Photography 3 days
  • Wedding Photography
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
  • Portrait Retouching with Adobe Photoshop
1 day
  • High-End Fashion Retouching
1 day
General Tracks  
Minding Your Own (Photography) Business 1 day
Web Design Fundamentals 1 day
Legal Affairs for Photographers, Videographers and
Graphic Artists
1 day
Kickstart Your Freelance Business Today 2 days
Final Project: Developing Printed Portfolio  

Certificates & Rules on Attendance »

PCCI Certiifcates

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.

Industry Certificate

National Certificate (Photography NC II): Issued when a candidate has demonstrated competence in all units of competency that comprised a Photography NC II assessment.

Program Benefits »

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.

Admission Requirements »

  1. Duly accomplished and signed PCCI Registration Form
  2. 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.
  3. For photography courses, each student is required to bring his own camera and accessories, one suitable for the subject or field of study.
    For computer-based classes, student will be provided one computer each during the class.

Skills and Knowledge a Working Photographer is Expected to Have After the Program »

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:

  • Knowledge of basic camera parts and features, their function, and when time to use them
  • Getting the right exposure when shooting with different light source
  • Getting the right exposure when shooting with portable/studio flash
  • Exposure triangle—ISO, aperture, shutter speed
  • Characteristics of light
  • Choosing the right lens for the required output
  • Choosing the right equipment and accessories for the required output
  • Photographing different subjects:
    • People: Individual, Pair, Group; Formal; Commercial; Fashion; Indoor, Outdoor
    • Product
    • Food
    • Structures: Interior, Exterior
    • Documenting Events
  • Post-processing photos (Adobe Photoshop)
  • File organization (Adobe Lightroom)
  • Preparing one’s photography business
  • Legal aspects and issues that concern photographers
  • Troubleshooting common photography-related problems
  • Handling client inquiries, requests, and complaints

Payment Terms & Conditions | Inclusions | How to Pay »

Payment Terms & Conditions
Downpayment Fifty percent (50%) 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.
Fee Inclusions
  • 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:

Direct payment

  • Deliver the payment (cash, check or credit card) to our office. Check is payable to Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, Inc.

Bank deposit

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

Then email (or fax) the copy of the payment slip with your name and program written legibly on it.

  • Email address: info@pcci.com.ph
  • Fax number: +63 (2) 892-5281


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₱95,000 (USD 2,300)

Includes materials, lunch and snacks.

Be sure to read the Registration Info before registering.


Note: Your seat is not confirmed until we receive a 50 percent down payment.

Course Date(s)

Deposit payment at your nearest Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) branch, in the name of Philippine Center for Creative Imaging, S/A 1-249-91545-5. Fax deposit slip to 892-5281 with your name and class details. Surrender deposit slip on first day of class to get official receipt.

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