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Art: Applied Photography Certificate Art Total Units: 24
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Term Effective: Fall 2018


The Art: Applied Photography Certificate of Achievement offers a comprehensive foundation in contemporary methods of professional photography. Course work includes digital imaging, processing, studio lighting, event photography and business practices, and the visual language of photography. Curriculum is designed for those entering today’s photography industry.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

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

  1. Make decisions that optimize conceptual impact of created images
  2. Solve creative and technical problems that include project criteria and client expectations
  3. Demonstrate full knowledge of single-lens reflex (SLR) & digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) components, medium format, and view camera, as well as exposure controls and light meters
  4. Demonstrate mastery of indoor and outdoor lighting, studio lighting techniques, and mixed lighting situations
  5. Demonstrate knowledge and skill of digital imaging skills consistent with industry standards
  6. Create and present professional level work and a professional portfolio and business plan to meet industry standards

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Art: Applied Photography Certificate program are:

  • Complete 24 units from
    • Art: Applied Photography Requirements

Art: Applied Photography Requirements - complete 24.00 units
ART 19 Elementary Photography3.00
ART 82 Beginning Digital Photography3.00
ART 83 Intermediate Digital Photography3.00
BMG 100 Entrepreneurial Business Plan3.00
MEDIA 4 Introduction to Mass Communication3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 3 Introduction to Art and Design3.00
ART 7A Drawing and Composition 13.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 66.1 Studio Photography - Portrait1.50
ART 66.2 Studio Photography - Product1.50
ART 66.3 Professional Photography - Event1.50
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
ART 21 Intermediate Black and White Photography3.00
ART 23 Color Photography2.00
ART 49 Independent Study in Art1.00-3.00
ART 66.4 Professional Photography - Architecture1.50
JOUR 59 Photojournalism3.00
WEOC 99I Occupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00

Term Effective: Fall 2018

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 2019

Previous Versions:

Art: Applied Photography - effective Fall 2017

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.

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2019

Program Name Art: Applied Photography Certificate

This program is designed to be completed in 12 months.

This program will cost $3,732.00 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 N/A of debt.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: CA

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