Certificate in Photography

The Citrus College Certificate of Achievement in Photography is a digitally-based program designed to educate students in the technical, aesthetic, conceptual and ethical aspects of image production. The primary goal of the program is to provide a safe and challenging environment for students to produce a professional image portfolio for the purpose of gaining employment within the industry and/or acceptance into an advanced photography degree program. Curriculum offerings explore diverse photographic genres and include topics such as studio lighting, drone photography, image manipulation and the business of photography.  Students enrolled in the program have access to DSLR cameras, studio and location lighting equipment, Mac computers, the Adobe Creative Cloud and ink jet printers. 

Certificate of Achievement Level Student Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Photography Certificate of Achievement will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in image editing apps related to photography.
  2. Acquire knowledge of camera equipment, lenses, lighting and studio equipment.
  3. Critique the photographic work of others.
  4. Produce a portfolio of photographic images demonstrating excellence in the technical, aesthetic, conceptual and ethical aspects of image making.
Required courses
PHTO 101Basic Photography3
PHTO 102Intermediate Photography3
PHTO 103Advanced Photography3
PHTO 205Advanced Imaging Techniques3
Select three (3) of the following courses:
History of Photography3
Photography as an Art Medium3
Video for Photographers3
Portraiture on Location3
Business Practices for the Photographer3
Total Units21

1-Year Curriculum Map Example
This map represents one possible pathway through the program and is only for reference.

*It is highly recommended that you make an appointment to create a customized education plan that fits your needs.

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Term 1Units
PHTO 101 Basic Photography 3
ART 108 History of Photography 3
PHTO 202 Photojournalism 3
Winter Term 1
PHTO 102 Intermediate Photography 3
Spring Term 1
PHTO 103 Advanced Photography 3
PHTO 205 Advanced Imaging Techniques 3
PHTO 125
Photography as an Art Medium
or Video for Photographers
or Portraiture on Location
or Business Practices for the Photographer
 Total Units21

Career Opportunities

There are a variety of careers you can do with this major.


To explore more about this major, schedule an appointment with a career counselor.