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A.S. in Photography 
(with General Education Requirements Option A)


Certificate in Photography

Employment Concentration Certificate(s)



San Jacinto Campus
(951) 487-MSJC (6752)

Menifee Valley Campus
(951) 672-MSJC (6752)
Keith Hanz (951) 639-5546

Program Description

The MSJC Photography program offers non-transfer certificate and Associate degree opportunities that respond to new-media industry standards in the digital paradigm. This immersive path of study includes extensive technical and creative production guidance and skill sets. The career-oriented student will study the ubiquitous nature of photographic visual communication while gaining a comprehensive understanding of digital photography workflow and digital asset management.

The digital fixing of the photographic image with electronic light sensors and computer software rivals milestones in history like the invention of paper, the printing press, or chemistry-based image fixing. Extinct is hand calligraphy in advertising, illuminated manuscripts in printing or the emulsion-based image on tin, for example. Emulsion-based photography has methodically given way to a digital era in image production – an evolution akin to dinosaurs evolving into birds – only faster. For these reasons a versatile and truly state-of-the-art digital studio, light room, and imaging lab has been designed and constructed to facilitate the photography department’s industry-responsive digital curriculum. Beginning through advanced students will avail themselves of a 1,325 square foot digital imaging studio with high ceilings and versatile photographic environments - all networked to a digital light room and other adjoining learning facilities.

Students will benefit from hands-on exposure to real-world tools. These tools are fast, high-resolution capture, manipulation and output devices that will allow students to fully explore the photographic realm. For individuals currently working within these fields, there may be potential for salary and/or career advancement.