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About the Program

Fall 2023 • Meet Judy Walgren

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Judy Walgren joins Foothill College as full-time faculty this fall.

Take PHOT 22 Photojournalism CRN 21585
Hybrid class meets on campus Tuesdays, 9–11:50 a.m. (4 units)

Read more about Judy's experience

Walgren brings experience to our students from her tenures at the Dallas Morning News, the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as a photojournalist and photo editor. She also served as the Director of Photography at the San Francisco Chronicle, where she led a team of Emmy-winning photojournalists and filmmakers. In 2016, she received an MFA in Visual Art from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and began her exploration into the relationships between photography, historic archives and power structures. Judy began her teaching career at Foothill College, and later held teaching positions at De Anza College, City College of San Francisco, and San Francisco Art Institute. Judy joins the Foothill College Photography Department after serving as the Associate Director, Professor of Practice at Michigan State University School of Journalism.

Upcoming Exhibition

Save the Dates to View Walgren's Work!

Sept. 25-Nov. 18, 2023 (tentative)
KCI Gallery, Building 4000, Foothill College

Check back for more information about a reception in October and panel discussion in November!

Read ABOUT Past Exhibitions

Why Take Photography at Foothill

Our program provides superior instruction in aesthetic principles, practical techniques and artistic expression, with the foundation for college transfer, entry into the workplace or photography for personal enrichment. 

Coursework includes traditional processing and printing, digital photography, color photography, studio lighting, experimental processes, photo criticism and portfolio preparation.

You are encouraged to develop a personal, expressive style, achieve technical excellence, and examine photography’s role in society.

We offer an associate in arts degree and a range of certificates to meet your needs, no matter what your goal for developing your skills as a photographer and the career path you hope to follow.

An advisory board of industry leaders supports our department faculty with knowledge and expertise so that we continue to offer the appropriate marketable skills for students to successfully enter the workforce.


What you can do with a degree in Photography

  • Freelance photographer
  • Nature photographer
  • Illustrator
  • Photo studio manager
  • Documentary photographer
  • Graphic artist

Degrees & Certificates

View the list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select a program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Note: Certificates of Proficiency and Career Certificates are non-transcriptable and consist of 13-35 units. These certificates are designed as a career advancement tool. Courses focus on practical knowledge and skill development.

Associate in Arts Degree

Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Certificate of Proficiency

View academic catalog for Photography department certificate of proficiency requirements.

  • Photo Criticism Skills Certificate
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Please Contact Me!

Kate Jordahl, Photography Department Chair


Division Office Contacts

Ron Herman, Division Dean
Fine Arts & Communication Division

Download 2017 CTE Licensure Pass & Placement Rates