Academic Catalog

Photography

Program Description

The mission of the Photography department is to provide superior instruction in the use of photographic techniques for vocational, general education and transfer students. A photography major will provide the student with a strong foundation in aesthetic principles as well as an extensive range of practical photographic techniques needed for college transfer, entry into the photographic workplace or for artistic expression. Course work includes digital photography, color photography, studio lighting, experimental processes, photo criticism and portfolio preparation. Students are encouraged to develop a personal, expressive style, achieve technical excellence and examine photography's role in society.

Learn more about the program on the Photography website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to produce images that demonstrate knowledge of photography's visual and expressive elements (light, color, and composition), using standard professional equipment and production processes.
  • Students will be able to analyze how images reflect and shape our culture and assess the contributions made in the field by people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates may include: advertising photographer, aerial and underwater photographer, art collector, art critic, art documentation photographer, art writer and blogger, commercial photographer (architectural), commercial photographer (portrait), commercial photographer (product), commercial printing and reproduction, corporate photographer, darkroom lab technician and/or manager, digital photography technician, digital photographic illustrator, documentary and editorial photographer, photography teacher, fashion photographer, film-set photographer, fine art photographer, fine art printing assistant, forensic photographer, freelance photographer, gallerist or art dealer, graphic artist, laboratory manager, nature photographer, photo editor, photo-historian, manager for fine art or commercial photography studio, photographic assistant, photographic retoucher, photojournalist, professional photography-laboratory custom printer, photographic sales, sports photographer, stock photographer, studio and wedding photography, theater production photographer, travel and stock photography, wedding and event photographer.

Award Type(s)

  • AA = Associate in Arts Degree
  • CA = Certificate of Achievement
  • SC = Skills Certificate [Non-Transcriptable]

Units Required

  • Major: 40
  • Certificate(s): 12-24

Additional Information

Note: Please contact department faculty for information about recommended course sequence to assist with student success. Faculty contact information is available on the Photography website.

Associate Degree Requirements

English Proficiency
Select one of the following:
ENGL 1ACOMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1AHHONORS COMPOSITION & READING5
ENGL 1S
ENGL 1T
INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
and INTEGRATED COMPOSITION & READING
8
or equivalent
Mathematics Proficiency
Select one of the following:
MATH 105INTERMEDIATE ALGEBRA5
MATH 180QUANTITATIVE REASONING5
or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking

A minimum of 90 units is required1 to include:

  • Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (32 units)
  • Support courses (8 units)

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificate.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
PHOT 4APHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS I4
PHOT 4BPHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS II4
PHOT 4CPHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS III4
PHOT 5INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY 14
PHOT 10HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY4
or PHOT 10H HONORS HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOT 57BPROFESSIONAL PRACTICES IN PHOTOGRAPHY4
or GID 60
GID 61
CAREERS IN THE VISUAL ARTS
and PORTFOLIO
PHOT 72LIGHTROOM & PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN4
PHOT 74ASTUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES I4
or PHOT 71 THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK
Support Courses
Select eight units from the following:8
2-D FOUNDATIONS
COLOR I
CAREERS IN THE VISUAL ARTS
PORTFOLIO
PHOTOGRAPHY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
HONORS PHOTOGRAPHY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
HONORS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOTOJOURNALISM
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT
STUDIO LIGHTING TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
LECTURE TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK
STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES I
STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES II
STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES III
LANDSCAPE FIELD STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
SOCIAL CONCERNS FIELD STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
DOCUMENTARY FIELD STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
MUSEUM/GALLERY FIELD STUDY IN PHOTOGRAPHY
Total Units40

Note: Courses listed in both the core and support sections may be completed only once for credit to satisfy either the core or support course requirement.

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Photography

Units: 24

There are no English or mathematics proficiencies required for this certificate.

PHOT 4APHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS I4
PHOT 4BPHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS II4
PHOT 4CPHOTOSHOP FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS III4
PHOT 5INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY 14
PHOT 72LIGHTROOM & PHOTOGRAPHIC DESIGN4
PHOT 74ASTUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES I4
or PHOT 71 THE PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOK
Total Units24

Photo Criticism Skills Certificate

Units: 12 [Non-Transcriptable]

There are no English or mathematics proficiencies required for this certificate.

PHOT 5INTRODUCTION TO PHOTOGRAPHY4
PHOT 8PHOTOGRAPHY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA4
or PHOT 8H HONORS PHOTOGRAPHY OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
or PHOT 11 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
or PHOT 11H HONORS CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN PHOTOGRAPHY
PHOT 10HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY4
or PHOT 10H HONORS HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Total Units12