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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA in Photography

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 traditional processing and printing, 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.

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.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 40
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

A minimum of 90 units is required to include

  • Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:
    • Foothill General Education
    • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or
    • the Intersegmental Genearl Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core courses (32 units)
  • Support courses (8 units)
  • Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

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.

Online Courses for Photography

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every two years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

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.


Core Courses (32 units)

PHOT 4A Photoshop for Photographers I 4
PHOT 4B Photoshop for Photographers II 4
PHOT 4C Photoshop for Photographers III 4
PHOT 5 Introduction to Photography 4
PHOT 10 History of Photography 4
or PHOT 10H Honors History of Photography 4
GID 60 Careers in the Visual Arts 2
and GID 61 Portfolio 2
PHOT 71 The Photographic Book 4
PHOT 72 Lightroom & Photographic Design 4

Support Courses (8 units)

Select 8 units from the following:
ART 5A 2-D Foundations 4
ART 20A Color I 4
GID 60 Careers in the Visual Arts 2
GID 61 Portfolio 2
PHOT 8 Photography of Multicultural America 4
or PHOT 8H Honors Photography of Multicultural America 4
PHOT 11 Contemporary Issues in Photography 4
or PHOT 11H Honors Contemporary Issues in Photography 4
PHOT 22 Photojournalism 4
PHOT 68E Lecture Topics in Photography 1
PHOT 74C Studio Photography Techniques III 4
PHOT 78A Landscape Field Study in Photography 1
PHOT 78B Social Concerns Field Study in Photography 1
PHOT 78C Documentary Field Study in Photography 1
PHOT 78D Museum/Gallery Field Study in Photography 1
Note that this is a list of fully online courses that satisfy degree requirements.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements,  please visit Photography 2020-2021 Degrees & Certificates.

Based on the 2020 - 2021 degree program.