Commercial and Magazine Photography

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

Description
The Commercial and Magazine Photography certificate prepares students for careers in the wide range of commercial photography applications including editorial (magazine), product, food, and studio photography. This concentration develops a broad set of skills that can be applied to a broad range of career fields.

Students will use strobe equipment to learn lighting techniques, work with professionals in the field, and design their own portfolios. Business strategies, self promotion, and work-flow methods will also be covered.

Career Opportunities
Studio assistant, studio photographer, freelance photographer, editorial photographer, lab manager

Recommended High School Preparation
Students should take courses in art, English, journalism, basic photography, graphic arts.

Program Costs
In addition to the normal student expenses (for textbooks, personal equipment, and supplies) digital print materials fees may be required. These fees may vary each semester. If these fees create a financial burden, students should consult the Financial Aid Office for possible assistance.

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • demonstrate advanced camera functions and techniques associated with their use.
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current computer software and digital imaging skills as they apply to photography.
  • execute a wide range of technical and creative lighting solutions.
  • develop and expand a personal style with pre-visualization conceptualization skills.
  • apply shooting production skills in both the studio and on location.
  • develop a small business plan and organizational structure.
  • develop a marketing plan, materials, and support process.

Certificate of Achievement (COA)
The Certificate of Achievement may be obtained by completion of the required program with grade of “C” or better or equivalent.

Required Program                                                                          Units
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography ………………………………..3
PHOTO 312 Intermediate Digital Photography …………………………….3
PHOTO 210 Photography Business …………………………………………..3
PHOTO 212 Marketing & Self-Promotion for Photographers …………..3
PHOTO 390 Studio Lighting Techniques ………………………………. 3 – 4
PHOTO 392 Commercial and Advertising Photography …………… 3 – 4

A minimum of 6 units from the following: ………………………………….. 6
PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development (2 – 4)

A minimum of 9 units from the following: ………………………………….. 9
PHOTO 271 Color Management (1.5)
PHOTO 402 Digital Asset Management with Aperture & Photoshop Lightroom (1.5)
PHOTO 390 Studio Lighting Techniques (3 – 4)
PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development (2 – 4)
PHOTO 395 Stock Photography I (3)
PHOTO 410 Advanced Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 490 Assignment Photography (0.5 – 4)
PHOTO 400 Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 340 Careers in Photography (3)
PHOTO 372 Advanced Portrait Photography (3)
PHOTO 406 High Dynamic Range Imaging “HDRI” (3)
PHOTO 392 Commercial and Advertising Photography (3 – 4)
JOUR 360 Photojournalism (3)
or PHOTO 350 Photojournalism (3)
JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)
or PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3)
JOUR 365 Multimedia Capture II (3)
or PHOTO 381 Multimedia Capture II (3)

Total Units Required 33 – 35