Katie Cornett

About the Photography Program

Our mission is to prepare you for a rewarding career as a creative professional in the world of commercial photography. We teach you how to use professional photography equipment, techniques for image control, creative direction, lighting techniques, and image manipulation. You will learn how to capture images using both digital SLR cameras, and traditional film cameras. Our curriculum integrates the current industry standard software including Photoshop, Lightroom, and Capture One. All of these learning components are designed to help you work toward a Certificate of Achievement or Associate of Arts degree in photography, and prepare you for a career behind the camera.

As you study and practice your photography skills, you will learn that professional photographers often specialize in a particular subject matter or genres including advertising, editorial, fashion, architecture, landscape, wildlife, food, events, sports, portrait photography, photojournalism, and more. Apart from your independent practice, you will also learn to work in teams and collaborate on exciting multimedia projects to include in your digital photography portfolio.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Science Degree Icon Associate in Science More information on the Associate in Science Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Certificate of Achievement Icon Certificate of Achievement More information on the Certificate of Achievement

Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate Degree - PhotographyAssociates in Science icon

40 Units + General Education

Certificate of Achievement - PhotographyCertificate Achievemebt icon

40 Units

Students completing the program in Photography will demonstrate the ability to analyze and assess photographic situations, solve technical problems, and overcome creative challenges as they arise in photographic production. Students will further design and construct photographic images that can communicate ideas or narratives effectively for commercial, editorial or fine art purposes. Additionally, the student will have the knowledge and skills pertinent to the operation of a freelance photography business and sound business practices in the trade.

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Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators A High School Diploma or More $41,533

Learn more about becoming a photographer.