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Certificates and Degrees

The Photography Program offers students the opportunity to study photography from beginning to advanced levels. Our courses prepare students in a variety of areas, including fine art, editorial, and commercial photography. The program stresses development of creativity while offering a firm grounding in basic skills. Our students will be prepared for positions in the job market or transfer to a 4 year college to continue their education. Students can earn an Associate in Arts Degree or a Certificate of Achievement in Photography. 

A.A. DEGREE MAJOR OR CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT 

Program Requirements Units 

  • PHOT 120 Digital Photography 3
  • PHOT 100 Elementary Film and Darkroom Photography
  • or PHOT 124 Introduction to Film and Darkroom for Digital Photographers
  • PHOT 125 History and Criticism of Photography 3
  • PHOT 130 Digital Darkroom 1 3
  • PHOT/JOUR 140 Photojournalism 3
  • PHOT 160 Photography: Professional Practices 3
  • PHOT 209 Photographic Portfolio 3 
  • PHOT 220 Commercial Photography 3
  • PHOT 225 Photographic Portraiture 3

Electives (Select a minimum of 6 units)

  • PHOT 105 Intermediate Black and White Photography 3
  • PHOT 135 Digital Darkroom II 3
  • PHOT 136 Digital Darkroom: Black and White 3
  • PHOT 145 Advanced Photojournalism 3
  • PHOT 171 Landscape and Culture 3
  • PHOT 210 Advanced Black and White Photography 3
  • PHOT 215 Creative Photography 3
  • PHOT 216 Alternative Photographic Processes 3

TOTAL UNITS 33

Commercial Photography 

This Certificate od Proficiency is designed to provide an avenue for those students interested in pursuing a career as a professional photographer in the areas of advertising photography, product photography, portrait and wedding photography, photojournalism, editorial and documentary photography and other photo related vocations. Courses address technique, aesthetics, ethics and business practices. See course description for specific topics and prerequisites. 

Program Requirements Units 

  • PHOT 130 Digital Darkroom 1 3
  • PHOT/JOUR 140 Photojournalism 3
  • PHOT 220 Commercial Photography 3
  • PHOT 225 Photographic Portraiture 3
  • PHOT 209 Photographic Portfolio 3

TOTAL UNITS 15