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Media Arts: Commercial Photography

Award Type: Certificate of Achievement

The Commercial Photography Certificate of Achievement provides the training necessary to move successfully into the photographic workplace. The instruction provides the basic skills for a career in one or more of the following: portrait, advertising, documentary, news/photojournalism, wedding/event, architectural, corporate, industrial, aerial, scientific, fine arts, photographic restoration, real estate etc.

The graduate of the Certificate of Achievement in Media Arts: Commercial Photography will:

  • Demonstrate excellence in image-making techniques across analog and digital platforms.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of vision, craft and mechanics as it applies to commercial photography.
  • Apply a variety of technologies to achieve specific image-making outcomes.
  • Have an understanding of different genres of photography and the variety of venues that use photographic imagery.
  • Demonstrate the communication and problem-solving skills necessary for success in the field of commercial photography.

Program Requirements

A total of 18 units is required to earn the Commercial Photography Certificate of Achievement

Required core courses (13 units):

Course Number Course Title Units
PHTO 101 History of Photography 3.0
PHTO 110 Basic Photography 3.0
PHTO 150 Introduction to Commercial Photography 2.0
PHTO 151 Portrait Photography 2.0
PHTO 170 Digital Photography 3.0

Plus a minimum of 5 units selected from the following:

Course Number Course Title Units
GRPH 116 Web Portfolio & Social Media 3.0
PHTO 120 Materials and Processes 3.0
PHTO 130 Advanced Black and White Photography 3.0
PHTO 140 Introduction to Color Photography 3.0
PHTO 179A Intro to View Camera 2.0
PHTO 179B Photojournalism 2.0
PHTO 189 Independent Projects in Photography 1.0 - 3.0 units
PHTO 380 Black And White Photo Lab 1 0.5
PHTO 381 Black And White Photo Lab 2 1.0
PHTO 382 Color Photo Lab 1 0.5
PHTO 383 Color Photo Lab 2 1.0
PHTO 384 Digital Photo Lab 1 0.5
PHTO 385 Digital Photo Lab 2 1.0


Last Modified Apr 16, 2024