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Photography – THE PROGRAM

The Photography Program at Palomar College offers students the opportunity to study photography from beginning to advanced levels in a variety of areas, including fine art, editorial, and commercial photography. The program stresses the development of creativity while offering a firm grounding in basic skills, technical knowledge, and applications. Students can earn an Associate in Arts Degree or a Certificate of Achievement in Photography. Additionally, the courses will satisfy lower division requirements for transfer to four-year institutions or photographic specialty institutions.


Palomar’s photography instructors are experienced professionals in their field. The instructional facility includes a black and white darkroom, a fully equipped digital lab, and a studio, as well as work areas for film processing and print finishing. The department is committed to maintaining excellence in the quality of instruction and contemporary standards in creative approaches.

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The Palomar College photography department prepares students for employment in a wide range of field-related careers from professional photography to photographic lab services or prepares students to pursue individual free-lance artistic careers.


The photographic and imaging industry continues to be one of the largest industries worldwide. It will grow even more considering new developments in electronic digital imaging, and there will be many opportunities for employment for skilled photographers and visually literate.

Palomar Community College in San Marcos, California has a well-known and highly respected photography department that has managed a vigorous and varied program for over fifty years.

Enlightened Lens was juried by the photography faculty from nearly two hundred photographs entered by students from beginning to advanced status. The seventy works in this exhibition represent a variety of processes including digital and film-based, color and black and white, and traditional and alternative techniques. The widely differing content of these images exemplifies the breadth of our program.

The student population in the Palomar Photography Department is comprised of a diverse group in age, interest, and background, and they come from all areas of North San Diego County and beyond. Their goals range from exploring career options to life enrichment. In addition to acquiring strong technical skills, students are encouraged to pursue their own expressive personal vision as evidenced by the work displayed in this exhibition.


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