Entrepreneurial Photography

This program focuses on the principles and techniques of contemporary photography and the preparation of professional photographic practices. The goal is to prepare individuals for a photographic entrepreneurial environment, where they will be able to create a photography business, participate in photography related fields, or complete freelance work. Students will learn how to create individual creative and professional photographic work, how to identify trends in photography, an analysis of contemporary photography, how to start and manage a photography business, use photographic lighting equipment, professionally edit photographs using Adobe software, use photography as an art form, and to create a professional level portfolio.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to create and run a photography business.
  • Practice advanced business topics required for a photographic freelance environment.
  • Understand how to maintain a consistent photographic style throughout professional photography packages to present to clients and to complete assignments.
  • Create a creative and consistent brand of photography that addresses the geographic need of the photographic market.
  • Manage photographic lighting such as portable flashes and strobes as appropriate for freelance requirements.
  • Analyze contemporary trends in photography and understand how to creatively create work that is original and desirable.
Required Courses (12 units)  Units
Introduction to Photography

Introduction to Digital Photography

PHO-9 Intermediate Photography 3
PHO-14 Lighting for Photographers 3
PHO-19 Color Correction and the Photographic Portfolio 3
Electives Choose 6 units from below
Elective Courses (6 units)  Units
PHO-15 Wedding and Event Photography 3
PHO-18 Photoshop, Lightroom, and Printing for Photographers 3
PHO-22 Photography for Social Media 3
PHO-67 Business Practices for Photographers 3

Associate of Science Degree

The Associate of Science Degree in Entrepreneurial Photography will be awarded upon completion of the degree requirements, including general education and other graduation requirements as described in the college catalog.