Program Description

This certificate provides students with general photographic skills required to work in a freelance capacity or as an assistant to a portrait, wedding, event, headshot, product, food, industrial, news, or fine art photographer. Skills acquired include digital photography, digital workflow, professional lighting, working with models/subjects, and large format photography. If students decide to pursue the more in depth Photography Certificate of Achievement, many of the courses from the Portrait Photography Occupational Skills Certificate will apply to the Photography Certificate of Achievement.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate thorough understanding of film and digital cameras, exposure controls, and photographic principles.

  2. Produce a portfolio of images that exhibits knowledge of natural and artificial lighting techniques, large format photography, and portraiture techniques.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 12

Required Courses

  • PHOT 021 – Introduction to Black and White Photography (3)
  • PHOT 022A – Large Format Photography (3)
  • PHOT 031 – Beginning Digital Photography (3)  
    or PHOT 033 – Portrait Photography (3)
  • PHOT 040 – Fashion Photography (3)

Catalog Year
This information reflects the information from the 2020-2021 catalog. If you have questions about a previous version, please review our Catalog Archives and/or speak with a Counselor.

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