Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for employment in news, editorial or public relations organizations as photographers. Emphasis is placed on photography for print, web and mobile publications. Students completing the program will have developed a portfolio.

A Certificate of Achievement is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Work as self-directed individuals and team members to produce and publish a weekly campus newspaper.
  2. Demonstrate an awareness of the principles and responsibilities of the professional photojournalist, including a commitment to accuracy, fairness, depth, and social conscience.
  3. Produce a portfolio of photographs appropriate for professional publication that demonstrates the ability to gather, organize, report and interpret newsworthy events and information.

This program is designed to be completed in months.

This program will cost if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with of debt.

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This program has not passed standards established by the U.S. Department of Education. The Department based these standards on the amounts students borrow for enrollment in this program and their reported earnings. If in the future the program does not pass the standards, students who are then enrolled may not be able to use federal student grants or loans to pay for the program, and may have to find other ways, such as private loans, to pay for the program.

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Requirements for the Certificate of Achievement

Required unit: 19 units

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • JOUR 002 – Beginning Journalism (3)
  • JOUR 021 – Beginning Press Photography (3)
    or PHOT 021 – Introduction to Black and White Photography (3)


Semester II

  • JOUR 022 – Advanced Press Photography (3)
  • PHOT 031 – Beginning Digital Photography (3)


Semester III

  • JOUR 107A – Online Journalism (4)
    or JOUR 107B – News Leadership (4)

Semester IV

  • JOUR 023 – Photojournalism (3)


Recommended electives:

  • ART 031A – Color and Composition-Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • COMM 001 – Survey of Mass Communication (3)
  • JOUR 004A – Reporting and Newswriting (3)
  • JOUR 005 – Magazine and Small Publications (3)
  • JOUR 007A – Newswriting and Make-Up (4)
  • JOUR 009 – Public Relations and Organizational Communication (3)
  • JOUR 110 – Journalism Field Practice (3)
  • PHOT 030 – Introduction to Digital Image Editing (3)

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Earn an Associate of Science Degree With Your Certificate of Achievement

An AS Degree prepares you with the unique skills needed to enter a specialized career field. Earned in conjunction with a Certificate of Achievement, it will open up further opportunities for career advancement.

To earn your AS degree, you will need to complete the general education requirements for an AS degree in addition to the above listed Certificate of Achievement Requirements.

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