Photography program

Associate in Arts Degree (AA)

Certificate of Achievement (COA)

The Photography program provides students the opportunity to prepare for entry level positions as press photographers, photojournalists, portrait photographers, freelance photographers, editorial photographers, photo-lab technicians, and positions in other career fields that utilize photography techniques. Students may also pursue transfer to a university program to further their study of photography.

Students planning to prepare for a four-year degree in Photography should consult the lower division requirements of the university to which they plan to transfer.

The photography certificate program is designed for students who want to enter a career path in photography or learn basic photographic skills to enhance their current vocation.

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities include Studio Photography; Portrait & Wedding Photography; Photographic Lab Technician; Photojournalism; Industrial or Architectural Photography.

Recommended High School Preparation

Students should take courses in art, English, journalism, basic photography and 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:

  • describe technical and aesthetic qualities of successful photographs.
  • produce photographs using various camera, film, and digital methods.
  • demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current computer software and digital imaging skills as they apply to photography.
  • produce photographs using photographic papers and various digital media outputs.
  • describe successful working relationships with clients and subjects.
  • survey history, careers, styles, and trends in professional photography.
  • develop pre-production shoot and planning methods.
  • execute shoot production in both the studio and on location.
  • demonstrate post production technical and creative solutions.
  • develop a marketing plan, materials, and support process.
  • develop a small business plan and organizational structure.

Associate in Arts Degree

The Photography Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See SCC graduation requirements.

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 Courses for the Certificate                                           Units
PHOTO 280 Portfolio Development ……………………………………… 2 – 4
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography ………………………………..3
PHOTO 312 Intermediate Digital Photography …………………………….3
PHOTO 210 Photography Business …………………………………………..3

A minimum of 3 units from the following: ………………………………….. 3
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 350 Photojournalism (3)
PHOTO 395 Stock Photography I (3)
PHOTO 410 Advanced Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 380 Multimedia Capture I (3)
PHOTO 400 Digital Imaging (3)
PHOTO 490 Assignment Photography (0.5 – 4)
PHOTO 372 Advanced Portrait Photography (3)
PHOTO 406 High Dynamic Range Imaging “HDRI” (3)
JOUR 364 Multimedia Capture I (3)
JOUR 360 Photojournalism (3)

Total Units Required: 14 – 16