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​Anyone with an interest in photography, whether beginner, advanced amateur or professional, will find a course or program within the photography program that will teach them new skills and/or prepare them for a career in photography. 

Orange Coast College's photography program is intended to prepare students for employment in a number of specialization areas within the field of professional photography. The student, after completing the first year foundation courses, may elect to take advanced courses in art, commercial, advertising illustration, portraiture, architectural, fashion. or documentary photography, color management, digital work flow and business practices for photographers. 

In addition to courses intended to train photographers, the program also includes several black and white and digital classes for professional photographers who wish to learn new skills and/or for those who are interested in careers as photographic digital technicians. 

Certificates of Achievement


Photography - Still 

This program is designed to prepare students for entry- ­level employment as a photographer or photography assistant. 

Digital SLR Photography & Videography 

This program is designed for the student who wants a concentrated course of study in the field of photography coupled with video production; it prepares students for entry-level employment as both a photographer and videographer. Students will be educated in the use of DSLR cameras. story telling, event documentation. lighting, sound, postproduction and business practices. The first 19 units give the student a strong foundation, while the 6 elective units allow students to "customize" the certificate to their unique needs. 

Photography Digital Technician 

This program offers training in areas such as digital photography, digital workflow, large format digital capture and studio photography techniques. It is intended to prepare students for digital tech and photo assisting jobs in the professional photography community.

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Additional Information

For complete requirements and course information please see our ca​​talog​.​​​​

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Contact Info​
Blade Gillissen 
Visual and Performing Arts Division 
(714) 432-5844