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Art: Photography Certificate Art Total Units: 30
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Term Effective: Fall 1981


The Art: Photography Certificate of Achievement involves the study and practice of the principles of visual communication: line, shape, form, value, pattern, color, texture, space and composition. Students will study the various problems and potentials of photography, including visual sequencing. They will engage in visual thinking and personal expression through exercises and assignments in the required courses. Students also will be introduced to the work of numerous artists throughout the history of art and photography. Techniques such as photographic composition, toning, flash printing, fiber paper printing, and final photographic presentation will be covered in this program of study.

The Fine Arts Certificates of Achievement are designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Certificate of Achievement in Photography can set up their own studios and sell their work in art galleries or may work as freelance photographers. The certificate program gives a basis for possible internships and paid apprenticeships as a photo assistant, or for work in a museum, gallery or design firm setting. It also prepares students for entry-level positions working as an art supply salesperson, framing technician or art gallery assistant. Those pursuing careers in teaching at the secondary school level will enhance their abilities to teach art by completing this certificate.

Students earning certificates could be prepared for employment in a variety of entry-level positions, as mentioned above. Generally speaking, the average rates of pay are relatively low at the entry level, although rates of pay and availability of such jobs vary. Individuals wishing to pursue freelance careers need to be able to combine the regular practice of creative skills with self-promotion and good business practices. A bachelor's or master's degree in art or art history is required for most career positions in museums and galleries.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For students interested in an Associate degree, an Art major is available. More information about Art programs can be found at the Art Department website.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Art: Photography Certificate program are:

  • Complete 30 units from
    • Art Certificate Requirements
    • Photography Emphasis Requirements

Art Certificate Requirements - complete 18.00 units
ART 3Introduction to Art & Design1.50-3.00
ART 4Principles of Color1.50-3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design1.50-3.00
ART 7ADrawing & Composition I1.50-3.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
Art Appreciation & History3.00
ART 2BArt Appreciation & History3.00
Photography Emphasis Requirements - complete 12.00 units
ART 36Elementary Photography3.00
ART 37Intermediate Photography3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 57Advanced Photography3.00
ART 38Creative Photography3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 58Practical Field Experience in Photography2.00
ART 61BColor Photography2.00
ART 59APhotojournalism3.00
ART 59BPhotojournalism3.00

Term Effective: Fall 1981

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2010

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


No course may be used more than once to fulfill a requirement in the certificate.

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