Build Your Future as a Photographer

The Photography Department offers a curriculum that prepares students for employment in the expanding and ever-changing profession of photography. In addition to teaching job skills, the program develops the creative and critical thinking potential of students. The program also offers those already employed in the profession opportunities to update both technical and esthetics skills. These courses guide students toward transfer to four-year institutions, associate degrees, vocational training, and certificate opportunities for lifelong learning.

A student who completes the Photography Program will be able to:

  • Produce photographic images using a variety of photographic processes.
  • Develop and create a portfolio of images centered on a single theme or idea.
  • Possess the technical skills necessary to create professional quality photographs in both studio and location environments.
  • Possess an understanding of how issues and concepts are related to the processes used to communicate them.

Technical Education Building, Room 230

Frequently Asked Questions

The program offers an Associate in Arts Degree in photography, and certificates in advertising and illustrative photography, creative photo arts, digital photography, digital photo technician, photography certificate, portrait and wedding photography, and UAV/UAS drone photography and video.

The program cost is $46 per unit for California residents, not including books, fees, and supplies. Units vary by course, but the average is three units per course. Unit fees for the 15-unit certificates would be $690; the 18-unit certificates would be $828; the 24-unit certificate would be $1,104; and the 70-unit associate degree would be $3,220. Most students also qualify for some form of financial aid.

Depending on the program and the number of units taken, completing a certificate program can take as little as one to two semesters and completing the associate in arts degree can take about two years.

Graduates work in a wide range of fields, including professional photography, advertising, wedding photography, and drone photography.