Art Media and Performance Building

Photography Program

Commercial Photography Certificate of Achievement 

The certificate of achievement in commercial photography is intended to prepare students for employment in several specialization areas within the field of professional photography that include advertising, product, food, portraiture, and events. In addition to course material focused on core technical skills aligned to industry standards, students will learn business practices, and visual communication. The curriculum (18 units) is designed to provide students with a comprehensive photographic foundation to develop a strong portfolio.


Photography 007 - Exploring Digital Photography
Offered in Fall and Summer

Photography 107 - Intermediate Digital Photography
Offered in Spring

Photography 015 - Fundamentals of Portraiture
Offered in Fall

Photography 016 - Commercial Photography
Offered in Spring

Photography 121 - History and Appreciation of Photography
Offered in Fall, Winter, Spring

Multimedia 100 - Intro to Multimedia Computer Applications - Photoshop
Offered in Fall and Spring

The purpose and goals of the Commercial Photography certificate program are to prepare students for high-wage, high-skill employment in the arts and entertainment industry sector. Through this program, students will demonstrate competence in the technical skills of photography while utilizing visual communication and aesthetic concepts. At the completion of the program, students will be able to operate professional digital photography equipment such as medium format, mirrorless, and DSLR digital cameras as well as studio strobe lighting and tripods. Students will also learn to use imaging software to edit, print, and catalog photographs. The Commercial Photography Certificate program will prepare students for jobs including:

Emphasis in this program

Commercial/Industrial Photographer
Advertising Photographer
Studio/Portrait Photographer
Fine Art Photographer
Food/Beverage Photographer
Event Photographer

Curtis Stage
Department Chair, Arts, Media, & Performance
Professor of Photography, Multimedia

Anita Bunn
Adjunct Professor of Photography

Ethan Pines
Adjunct Professor of Photography

Julia Schlosser
Adjunct Professor of Photography

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Phone: 818 364-7771