About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

Skills you will gain

Social MediaPhotographyCopywritingWriting

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 7 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English

How the Specialization Works

Take Courses

A Coursera Specialization is a series of courses that helps you master a skill. To begin, enroll in the Specialization directly, or review its courses and choose the one you'd like to start with. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. It’s okay to complete just one course — you can pause your learning or end your subscription at any time. Visit your learner dashboard to track your course enrollments and your progress.

Hands-on Project

Every Specialization includes a hands-on project. You'll need to successfully finish the project(s) to complete the Specialization and earn your certificate. If the Specialization includes a separate course for the hands-on project, you'll need to finish each of the other courses before you can start it.

Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

how it works

There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Cameras, Exposure, and Photography

4.7
2,012 ratings
556 reviews
Course2

Camera Control

4.8
930 ratings
217 reviews
Course3

Principles of Photo Composition and Digital Image Post-Production

4.7
625 ratings
132 reviews
Course4

Photography Techniques: Light, Content, and Sharing

4.8
473 ratings
110 reviews

Instructors

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Peter Glendinning

Professor
Art, Art History, & Design
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Mark Valentine Sullivan

Associate Professor
Music / Innovation Hub

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About Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 150 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges....

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • Each regular course is designed to last 1 month, with Learners having 2 months to complete the Capstone project, a total of 6 months.

  • A new section of this course launches every 2 weeks!

  • This is an introductory course in photography, for Learners who have any model digital camera from a Smartphone to a DSLR. Experience in photography is not required, but a desire to gain control of the camera to produce successful photographs is!

  • Yes, it is important to take the courses in order as each one builds on knowledge conveyed in those previous to it.

  • Learners who complete all four Regular courses and the Capstone course will be awarded a certificate of completion, signed by the faculty members and authorized by Michigan State University.

  • Learners who complete the Specialization will be able to complete creative and practical projects in photography utilizing their new knowledge of the foundational principles of photography techniques, composition, and expression. They will be prepared to advance their knowledge in photography in more narrowly focused future coursework or workshops.

  • Industry Partners are industry-leading providers of photography-related products and services, all of which have been used by Peter or Mark or both in the course of their own practice. The Industry Partners are supporting Coursera Learners who subscribe to the Specialization (all 5 Courses), by providing substantial educational discounts normally only available to full-time students.

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