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Student Richard Petrosino photographed holding a camera while standing in a classroom.

Online Summer Pre-College High School Program

Fundamentals of Digital Photography

From portraits to compositions, this one-week program immerses you in the fundamentals of digital photography through a variety of independent challenges. You will walk away with a portfolio of photos that you can confidently share.

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Students will learn basic photography and digital processing principles using their own interchangeable lens camera in this 5-day program. Meeting together using Zoom and working on their own, students will practice principles of exposure, composition, and other techniques to further their photographic skills. Designed for students ages 15-18, they will produce work that could be used in a portfolio for admission to a photography, photojournalism, communications, or fine-art college-level program.

Course highlights include:

  • Using professional techniques for portrait, candid, landscape, and action photography
  • Practicing digitally processing your photographs in color and black and white
  • Using creative approaches to produce artistic results


  • A DLSR or mirrorless camera that has an interchangeable lens
  • A late model PC or Macintosh computer with Zoom installed
  • A webcam and microphone

Whatever your goals may be, you’ll leave with a portfolio of photos that you can confidently share for college admissions, exhibition, or publication.

By the end of the program, you’ll have:
  • An organized digital portfolio
  • Edited photography demonstrating your ability to compose and process photographs
  • A certificate of completion, with a review and assessment from a Quinnipiac professor


The 2021 program tuition fee of $600 covers:
  • 1 full week of a faculty-designed and led photography instruction program with educational support staff assistance
  • Daily meetings and multimedia learning
  • Quinnipiac T-shirt

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Choose from one of two available sessions:

  • Session 1: July 12 - July 16, 2021
  • Session 2: August 2 - August 6, 2021

Typical Daily Schedule:

Time Activity Detail
9 a.m.  Morning program meeting and check-in This meeting provides a chance to review the day ahead as well as check in with everyone before the program begins.
10 a.m. Dailyl live online class via Zoom with team breakout sessions Faculty will discuss and review the key skill for the day, often already presented to students the night before via the online self-paced class.
Noon Online social lunch break Get to know your classmates, or those from other online programs, while playing fun online games.
1 p.m. Independent photo shoot time The best way to learn photography is to do it yourself. Also it’s a great excuse to get out of the house, in a socially distant and responsible manner, of course!
3 p.m. Live photo review Review photos in order to build understanding and try new processing techniques
4 p.m. Process/edit the day’s work in Affinity with instructor and teaching assistants live Now is your chance to learn how to process and edit your own photos using standard photo editing software. Here you will edit with on call live support from the instructor and teaching assistant staff.
After Hours Independent learning online and online gallery posting of student work! Flexible to each student’s schedule and goals within the program, the program includes the option to watch, read and discuss different aspects of each day’s lesson online at a time that works best for you. Also, student work will be posted and shared in a private gallery to view each day.

Participation Requirements

  • Participants must be a current high school student.
Due dates to apply and pay:

Deadline to apply: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern

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  • We are accepting applications through June 11. Space is limited per session to 20 students and enrollment is based on a first payment basis.

Payment deadline: Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5 pm Eastern

Student work website

A list of equipment or materials needed to participate:

  • A DLSR or mirrorless camera that has an interchangeable lens, a late model PC or Macintosh computer, a web cam and microphone, and high-speed internet are required.

  • No prior formal photography training is required but a working knowledge of the camera to be used is highly recommended.

Our Program Instructors

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For more information, please contact:
David Charron, MBA
Director of Summer Programs & Planning
Email: summerprograms@qu.edu