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Photography Certificate (10500.CN)

School of Arts and Social Sciences

The study of photography will enrich the student’s experience of the world and encourage the student to draw upon creative resources. An education in photography can lead to professional or vocational careers, as well as enhance abilities in other fields. The photography department offers a foundation in theoretical and practical skills, and the opportunity to work in a wide variety of photographic and digital media.

The Photography Program provides transfer, professional preparation, personal development, general interest, and general education, as well as an Associate in Arts degree and a Certificate in Photography.

A Certificate of Achievement in Photography may be earned by completing the 27-unit curriculum listed below.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

A. Demonstrate a knowledge of the techniques and processes involved in a variety of photographic art forms including traditional black and white photography, digital image captures and emerging photographic mediums.

B. Create photographic works of art integrating visuals with the elements and principles of design theory and composition.

C. Compare and contrast individual photographic styles as contextualized through their aesthetic and cultural significance.

D. Develop personal awareness and understanding of the various multicultural and philosophical patterns of traditional and contemporary photography as the medium relates to the development of art throughout history.

Visit the Program Mapper for more information on when to take classes and career information.

Program Requirements:

Program Core: (27 Units)


ART-15 Design: 2-D Foundations


ARTD-40A Introduction to Digital Art


ARTD-40B Intermediate Digital Art


PHOT-10A Introduction to Photography


PHOT-10B Intermediate Photography


PHOT-11A Introduction to the Digital Camera


PHOT-35 Studio Careers in Photography (3)
PHOT-36 Photo Portfolio Expressions (3)


Three units of Art or Photography History:

ART-06 Survey of Modern Art (3)
PHOT-33 The History of Photography (3)


Plus three units from the following electives:


AOM-43 Essentials of Business Communication (3)
MGMT-37 Small Business Entrepreneurship (3)
PHOT-49 Independent Study in Photography (1)

Total: (27 Units)

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Contact Information


John Albano


(209) 384-6073

School Office

IAC-A Social Sciences BLDG., 2ND Floor


(209) 381-6478

Photography Website