Build Your Future in Photography
The Fullerton Photography Department offers both an Associate Arts Degree in Photography and a Professional Photography Certificate. The Photography Program prepares students for employment into a multitude of industries that utilize photography and/or transfer to a four- year degree university. Curriculum entails both theory and practicum teaching that is designed to provide students with a comprehensive photographic foundation. In addition, the Fullerton College Photography Program offers advanced technical training that provides the working professional student an opportunity to upgrade their present skills. Students have the opportunity to learn photography with hands on experience utilizing the latest photographic and technology equipment considered standard in the photographic industry. Many classes mirror professional work scenarios and work experience.
Faculty and staff have more than fifty years combined experience working professionally in various photographic industries. Faculty members in the photography department are strongly committed to their students and work individually with each student to help them achieve their academic and career goals.
For additional information, visit the Fullerton College Photography website: http://photography.fullcoll.edu.
Degrees & Certificates
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Frequently Asked Questions
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HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The cost is $46 per unit. Non-resident tuition: $258 per unit PLUS enrollment fees (Non-Resident Tuition includes $19.00 Capital Outlay fee per Ed Code 76141).
Costs may vary; please visit website for more information: http://admissions.fullcoll.edu/fees-refunds/.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full-time or part-time.
WHAT ARE THE JOBS AND HOW MUCH DO THEY PAY?
For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.
• Corporate Photographer
• Product Photographer
• Industrial Photographer
• Automotive Photographer
• Special Events Photographer
• Wedding Photographer
• New-born Baby Photographer
• Pet Photographer
• Photo Retoucher
• Photo Restoration
• Photo Assistant
• Photo Tech
WHAT IS THE JOB OUTLOOK?
Employment of photographers is projected to decline 6 percent from 2016 to 2026. The decreasing cost of digital cameras and the increasing number of amateur photographers and hobbyists will reduce the need for professional photographers. In addition, stock photographic services available online give individuals and businesses access to stock photographs for a fee or subscription, possibly dampening demand for photographers.
However, the application of newer technologies, such as drone photography, may contribute to increased demand for these workers in a variety of ways. For example, drone photography in the commercial sector enables the capturing of images and information for agricultural land, real estate, and new construction projects. In addition, drone photography enables the photographer to create visuals of tall structures, such as cell towers and bridges that are in need of repair. Drone photography at weddings or special events can also capture scenic aerial portraits.
Employment of self-employed photographers is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026. Demand for portrait photographers will remain as people continue to want new portraits. In addition, corporations will continue to require the services of commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements to sell products.
Declines in the newspaper industry will reduce demand for news photographers to provide still images for print. Employment of photographers in newspaper publishing is projected to decline 34 percent from 2016 to 2026.
Average Salary in this Field
$89,750 Per Year
Careers in this Field
Special Events Photographer
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“I’ve recently become a Character Artist at MGA Entertainment and I owe it all to the Digital Arts CTE program at Fullerton College. Every single class I took helped me build a portfolio that was competitive enough to land me a job where all of my coworkers come from private colleges, and I think that’s pretty cool. Not only are the classes very useful but the professors that teach them are as well. They have endless amounts of knowledge and experience in their fields and are super eager to help their students. I am very proud and grateful to have been a part of the CTE program and I can’t wait to see where I go in the future thanks to Fullerton College.”