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Art: Photography Certificate Art Total Units: 30
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Term Effective: Fall 2010


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.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate appropriate use of essential photographic equipment, materials and processes;
  2. synthesize and apply visual principles in works of art;
  3. demonstrate skills in visual analysis by identifying specific formal elements in works of art;
  4. achieve greater awareness of global traditions; and
  5. create a portfolio of archival exhibition prints.

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 and Design3.00
ART 4Principles of Color3.00
ART 5Three Dimensional Design3.00
ART 7ADrawing and Composition 13.00
Complete a combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
World Art History to 15003.00
ART 1.2 ORWorld Art History Since 15003.00
History & Aesthetic Appreciation of Prehistoric - Gothic Art3.00
ART 2.2History and Appreciation of Late Gothic to Impressionist Art3.00
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 62Alternative Photography Processes1.00-3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 59Photojournalism3.00
ART 61.2Color Photography2.00
ART 140Portfolios and Presentations for Photography1.50

Term Effective: Fall 2010

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: Summer 2012

Previous Versions:

Art: Photography - effective Fall 1981

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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