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Midwest Photography Workshops offers nine certificate programs. Completion of any of the programs will mean the photographer/artist has demonstrated a mastery of that particular discipline. Homework, exams, and the creation and presentation of a portfolio are among the minimum requirements toward the completion of a certificate. Each certificate has a core group of classes and workshops designed to provide the student with a complete and diverse educational experience pertaining to that particular certificate

If you wish to enroll in a certificate program, contact us at officemanager@midwest.photography or 248-471-7299 to set up an appointment for a Certificate Review. Plan to bring samples of your photographs and we will discuss where you are in photography; where you want to be; then design a path for you to get there.

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    • General Certificate Program Information

      Earning a certificate will demonstrate to a prospective client or employer, an ability to start and complete a large in-depth project. The resulting portfolio is an integral tool or proof that the photographer is capable of doing the job. Prior to enrollment, each student is given an assessment exam to quantify what they know. The results of this exam is used to customize an academic plan of how best to build upon what the talents and experiences the student already has and deliver the photographic education they need.

      Upon completion of the classroom portion of the program, the assessment exam is re-administered to measure the progress achieved. Finally, an in-depth portfolio review is scheduled.

      By enrolling and paying for a certificate program, the student will realize a significant savings in tuition as compared to enrolling in and paying for the same classes/workshops individually. The savings are listed with each program. Enrolling in four or more certificate programs will result in an even greater savings. Please contact the office for details if you are interested in four or more certificate programs.

      All offerings in the 300 Series (Photo Safari) are exempt from any discount offered with the Certificate Program. This includes a 999 Directed Study Certificate.

      Course # 101 Fundamentals of Photography is a prerequisite for all certificates and is not included in any program.

      If you have enrolled in a Certificate Program and began taking classes and then wish to drop from the Certificate Program; Any refunds due will be calculated as follows: the full tuition will be calculated for all classes already completed or currently in session without any discounts applied. This amount will be subtracted from the total balance paid to date, this will be the amount of any refund given. Any and all fees that are paid to the on-line payment service ,including but not limited to Pay Pal, will not be refunded at any time, even in the event of cancellation by Midwest . These fees are paid to PayPal and not Midwest Photography. Midwest offers this service as a convenience to its students. Any student is welcome to pay by check or cash in order to avoid these fees.

      Prior to enrollment, each student is given an assessment exam to quantify what they know. The results of this exam is used to customize an academic plan of how best to build upon what the talents and experiences the student already has and deliver the photographic education they need. Upon completion of the classroom portion of the program, the assessment exam is re-administered to measure the progress achieved. Finally, an in-depth portfolio review is scheduled.

      Many employers and labor unions such as the UAW offer Tuition Assistance Programs (ETAP). Midwest Photography Workshops participates in many of these programs. MPW is also a Veterans Administration Vocational approved school. Please check with your employer to see if you qualify or contact Bryce Denison - Director of Midwest Photography Workshops at (313) 804-9266 to discuss details.


    • Photographic Imaging Certificate

      The core of eight classes toward the imaging certificate will provide the student with the basic skills necessary to photograph a portrait, landscape, close up/macro subjects and architecture.  Students will utilize techniques like time exposures, advanced flash photography, filters, and computer manipulation programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, as well design, print and present the finished work in the form of a print portfolio or a “virtual” portfolio using display programs such as Microsoft Power Point or Show Pro Gold.  See and understand the basics of art - in particular, photography - in the same manner in which seasoned photographers have developed skills and perhaps an artistic eye. 

      Along with guiding the student to envision and develop a personal style, completion of this certificate will provide information on what constitutes the industry standards, assisting the students to create or enhance their portfolio to become employable or put in a position that their portfolio can be exhibited publicly. 

      Course #603 can be substituted for any other #600 series workshop at the student’s discretion.

      Certificate Fee $2000.00
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        #107 Advanced Camera Handling and Menu items for Nikon Cameras

        Or

        #108 Advanced Camera Handling and Menu items for Canon Cameras

        #109 Shoe Mount Flash Revealed

        #120 Intermediate Shooting Techniques

        #140 Portfolio Development

        #123 Visual Design and Perception

        Or

        #150 Art of Seeing - Stretching your Creative Boundries

        #201 Basic Photoshop

        #210  Adobe Lightroom / Image Management

        #505 Outdoor Portraiture w/ Fill Flash and Reflectors

        #603 Detroit Skyline from Windsor


    • Digital Photography Certificate

      Neither the film shooter nor the digital photographer can expect to make a perfect exposure every time. This certificate will provide the photographer with the skills to lighten, darken, crop, clone, color balance and generally fix any photograph. Additionally, this certificate is necessary to teach photographers how to triage, organize and prepare the hundreds of images taken at an event such as a wedding, vacation, or other large-scale event.

      The large number of images must be prepared for batch file processing. To open 300-500 images and adjust levels, curves color balance, sizing and sharpening would take about 5-10 minutes per image. 300 images times 5 minutes each is 25 hours of computer time. With batch file processing, the photographer will put all the images into one folder, prepare (fix) the first image, select run, go to bed and wake up the next morning with all the images fixed.

      Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom can not do it all. Learn how to use plug-ins to enhance your post processing. Any photographer will need a web page to promote their work. Learn how to build and maintain a simple web page including acquiring a domain name and photo gallery.

      Certificate Fee $2300.00
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        #201 Basic Photoshop

        #203 Web Site in a Day

        #204 Photoshop Skin

        Or

        #213 Digital Restoration of Photographs

        #206 Applied Photoshop (Sandbox)

        #210  Adobe Lightroom / Image Management

        #216 Profiles & Calibration - From Camera to Output

        #220 Advanced Photoshop

        #225 Digital Slideshow with Music and Video

        #804 Fine Art Photo Book


    • Studio / Location Portraiture Photography Certificate

      Nearly 90% of all photos taken have people in the photo as the subject.  Photographers have a continuing challenge to creatively pose, light and expose the image.  This certificate will provide hands-on experience to design the composition, execute the correct lighting ratios to create portraits worthy of inclusion in a portfolio or - better yet - to be purchased.

      Certificate Fee $2500.00
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        #121 Business of Photography

        #204 Photoshop Skin

        #210  Adobe Lightroom / Image Management

        #401 Basic Portrait Lighting

        #402 How to shoot a model's portfolio

        #403 Posing, Proping & Accesorizing your model

        #415 Senior Portraits of boys in the Studio

        #440 Advanced Portraiture

        #505 Outdoor Portraiture w/ Fill Flash and Reflectors

        #510 Senior portraits of girls on Location

        #541 Advanced Environmental Portraiture on Location


    • Wedding Photography Certificate

      Photographing weddings frequently provides the financial vehicle to purchase equipment needed for diverse assignments.  A photographer’s reputation is only as good as the last assignment.  Wedding photographers must keep abreast with the ever-changing briddal trends and styles, and must be skilled beyond taking the shots.  They need to know the fundamentals of business, including sales, marketing, and presentation.  The Wedding Photography Certificate can make it happen for your career.

      Certificate Fee $2500.00
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        #121 Business of Photography

        #201 Basic Photoshop

        #203 Web Site in a Day

        #204 Photoshop Skin

        #210  Adobe Lightroom / Image Management

        #225 Digital Slideshow with Music and Video

        #401 Basic Portrait Lighting

        #422 Bridal Boudior and Buisness Practices

        #520 Wedding Photography & Business Techniques

        #505 Outdoor Portraiture w/ Fill Flash and Reflectors

        Or

        #521 Bridal Portraiture on Location

        #804 Fine Art Photo Book


    • Location Shooting Photography Certificate

      Clients seldom need all their photographs taken in a studio setting.  Photographers need to be versatile enough to shoot under any circumstance.  Shooting on-location seldom has adequate or even high quality light.  Photographers need to adapt to bad lighting and uncontrolled environments.  Sports, wildlife and architecture photography challenge photographers and their equipment to the limits of their abilities.  This certificate will provide the knowledge to get the shot and still capture maximum vibrancy and minimize noise and distortion.  Even portrait photographers need to learn landscape and architecture composition techniques to take advantage of - or work around - their subject’s background.

      Certificate Fee $2200.00
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        #103 Cell Phone and iPad Photography

        #123 Visual Design and Perception

        #224 Digital Infrared - The Surreal Landscape

        #243 Panoram Stitching of Images

        #501 Fashion on location in Historic Depot Town

        #505 Outdoor Portraiture w/ Fill Flash and Reflectors

        #601 Urban Decay in Detroit Architecture

        #602 Beaks & Talons - Photographing birds of prey

        #603 Detroit Skyline from Windsor

        #604 Detroit Night Lights

        #605 Flower Photography at the Mathai Botanical Gardens

        #607 Autumn Light Fall Color at Kensington Metro Park

        #611 Church Architecture Photography

        #615 Butterflies on the wing

        #901 Nude Figure on Location



    • Graphic Design and Desktop Publishing

      This certificate is designed for the desktop publisher who needs to create graphics for brochures, pamphlets and other publications.  Students will create several images to either start or enhance a professional portfolio.

      Certificate Fee $2100.00
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        #121 Business of Photography

        #201 Basic Photoshop

        #203 Web Site in a Day

        #227 Photoshop Compositing

        #230 Marketing Through Social Media & Technology for the Photographer

        #804 Fine Art Photo Book


    • Fine Art Photography Certificate

      Designed for the Fine Art Photographer, this Certificate Program encourages the right side of the brain to communicate and work with the left side of the brain.  We offer shooting opportunities that will challenge the photographer to design a creative solution to a problem and execute a satisfactory technical solution.  Our instructors will assist students in creating images that can be sold in the stock image market or worthy to hang in an art gallery or museum.
      #190 Humanities for the Photographer can be substituted for #162 and/or #163.

      Certificate Fee $3200.00
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        #123 Visual Design and Perception

        #150 Art of Seeing - Stretching your Creative Boundries

        #180 Color, Form, Place and a Sense of Space

        #222 HDR (Digital Stacking for Exposure Compensation

        #224 Digital Infrared - The Surreal Landscape

        #243 Panoram Stitching of Images

        #541 Advanced Environmental Portraiture on Location

        #601 Urban Decay in Detroit Architecture

        #801 Framing for Photographers

        #804 Fine Art Photo Book

        #926 Essence of Woman Classical/Abstract Nude Figure in Studio


    • Directed Study Certificate

      Photographers sometimes have unique needs that might not be addressed by the other nine certificates. The Directed Study Certificate is intended to customize a course of study to solve specific problems.  This requires a one-on-one meeting to plan a relevant curriculum that will lead to the completion of a professional portfolio.  For more information or to schedule a meeting, please contact the office at 248-471-7299 or officemanger@mpw.com

      Certificate Fee $ calculated at time of one-on-one meeting

    • Media Arts Certificate

      Completion of this 14-week program will provide the student with skills and experience to photograph and edit a high school senior portrait, weddings, architecture, fashion, fine arts or forensics, or to produce a sales brochure with successful photography and editing.  The student will also have skills enough to plan, write a script, light and shoot a video of training film, music video or a short TV commercial, and perform post production.  This program will be offered twice a year, in January and September.

      #101 Fundamentals Tuesday 10:30 AM-2:30 PM - Farmington Hills Campus - six weeks (30 hours)
      #201 Photoshop Thursday 10:30 AM-2:30 PM - Farmington Hills Campus - six weeks (27 hours)
      #1103 Adobe In-Design Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM - Farmington Hills Campus - two weeks (24 Hours)
      #1104 Adobe Illustrator Mon, Wed, Fri, 10:30 AM-2:30 PM - Farmington Hills Campus - two weeks (24 Hours)
      #1105 Videography Production - Saturdays - Troy Campus - seven weeks (28 Hours)
      #1106 Video Post Production - Saturdays - Troy Campus - seven weeks (28 Hours)
      #120 Intermediate Shooting techniques - Farmington Hills campus (40 Hours) Tuesday 7:00 -11:00 PM
      #121 Business of Photography - Monday 7-10:30 PM - Farmington Hills Campus - six weeks (21 Hours)
      #401 Studio Portrait Lighting - Tuesday 7-11:00 PM - Farmington Hills Campus - five weeks (20 Hours)
      #140 Portfolio Development - Farmington Hills Campus (30 Hrs.)
      #203 Web site in a day workshop - (6 Hours)
      One Elective from the 400, 500, 600 or 700 series at the Farmington Hills Campus (6 Hours)

      MPW Provided equipment -
      Canon 60D with 18-135mm lens
      LaCie 3 TB D2 Quadra hard drive
      Rhodes Videomic Pro Compact mike
      SanDisk Cruzer 16mb USB flash drive
      Tascam DR 100 portable recorder
       
      Register for this certificate program :

      Certificate Fee $7995.00

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