In a studio or stadium, at a quiet wedding or at world championship. Do you have a knack for crafting artful photos that capture the key moment or evoke the essence of the person. From celebratory moments to landmark events – the OCC Career Advantage program in Applied/Commercial Photography will make sure you and your camera are equipped to capture them. The OCC Career Advantage Applied Photography program can help you start a career as a professional photographer, or build your skills with our state-of-the art technology if you are already a working professional. Choose a certificate program or earn an associate degree. The field is wide open for commercial photographers in California; skilled professionals earn a median annual income of $52,000, and many experienced freelance photographers make much more. Read on to learn more about your options at OCC.
A sampling of courses for these careers
Imaging with Photoshop
Professional Digital Techniques
Social Media Marketing
Did you know?
Employment of self-employed photographers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in photography. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.
In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement
Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization
Or earn your
in under 4 years
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Choose from our graphic design or user design programs to prepare for a career in the digital arts
Prepare for a creative career in narrative illustration or art services
Did you know?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.
Jordan Clark, M.S.
Career Technical Education & Career Services Outreach Specialist
Katie Ottoson, M.S.
Counselor, CTE and
Counselor, Visual and
Performing Arts Programs