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UT Photography Program

The Non-Credit UT Photography Program provides fundamental and specialty skills for achieving success in the growing field of photography and related professions. Explore your interest in photography as a hobby or for professional growth and development.

Developed by a committee of Knoxville-area photographers, these courses provide the opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing skills in this rapidly changing field. Courses may be taken by students who are not in the certificate program.

To qualify for the UT Photography Certificate program, candidates must complete the following requirements:

1) Successfully complete Fundamentals of Digital Photography I & II which are required courses.

2) Successfully complete photography elective courses to achieve a total of 160 class hours which include Fundamentals of Digital Photography I & II.

3) Complete certificate in three years.

4) A minimum of at least 75 percent attendance is required for all certificate candidates.

After completing the required coursework, the final step to fulfill the requirements for the UT Photography Certificate will be to prepare five images for showing before and during the certificate awards ceremony.

Please see Program Requirements to make sure you meet the requirements, and for directions for putting together your portfolio. It is recommended that you ask an instructor to be your advisor to assist you with your portfolio. All instructors have agreed to be advisors.

Certificate candidates nearing completion of the required courses should fill out the required Certificate Request Form and fax to (865) 974-0154 or mail to: UT Professional & Personal Development, 313 Conference Center Building, Knoxville, TN, 37996.

Certificate Ceremony

The 2018 ceremony will be held Thursday, June 14 at the UT Conference Center (4th floor) in downtown Knoxville. In order to participate, all Certificate Request Forms must be submitted by the close of business on Friday, June 8.




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10th Annual Fall Photography Contest

Enter to win our 10th annual photography contest. You must be a student taking a non-credit photography course this fall (2017). Images submitted must have been taken after September 1, 2016. This contest is not open to the general public. There will be five photographic categories: Architecture, Nature, Portrait, Sports/Action and Still Life. There is a limit of one entry per participant for each category and a maximum of five photos per participant. All entries must be digital (no prints) with dimension specifications of a maximum of 1024 pixels in width for landscape images, and a maximum of 768 pixels in height for portrait oriented images. Resolution should be set to 72-100 ppi and a quality level of 70% of full quality level. Entries may be emailed to Entries may also be submitted on USB thumb drives by mailing or bringing them to UT Non Credit Office, 313 Conference Center Bldg., Knoxville, TN 37902 by Friday, December 1, 2017. All entries must be received prior to 11:59 pm on Friday, December 1, 2017. All USB thumb drives should be labeled and can be picked up between January 8-12, 2018.

Please do not include a visible signature or identification of any sort on your digital image. You must include with your entries your name, address, a telephone number and the name of the course you are enrolled in for the fall term. Include the photographer's name and the title of the photo in the file name for each image submitted. The University of Tennessee, Department of Conferences and Non Credit Programs, reserves the right to publish and display any photo entered in this contest, but the photographer will retain ownership of the images submitted. First, second, and third place overall will be awarded, not in each category. Second and third place will receive a $50 gift certificate to be used toward a UT Non-Credit Photography Course. First place winner will receive a free UT Non-Credit Photography Course (value up to $225) and will be featured in a future Non-Credit catalog.  

Upcoming Courses

Course NameStarts
Fundamentals of Digital Photography II1/22/2018  3/12/2018
Fundamentals of Digital Photography I1/23/2018  3/13/2018
Close-Up Photography1/26/2018  2/7/2018
Visual Literacy Photography1/31/2018  3/7/2018
Advanced Bird Photography2/12/2018  3/19/2018
Portrait Photography2/16/2018  2/28/2018
Nature & Travel Photography3/1/2018  4/26/2018
Adobe Photoshop Fundamentals3/14/2018  4/25/2018
Fall Creek Falls Nature Weekend4/20/2018  4/22/2018

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