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Photography-Still, Associate in Science Degree

Banner Code: 1_AS_PHST

Control Number: 03995

Financial Aid Eligible


Anyone with an interest in photography, whether beginner, advanced amateur or professional, will find a course or program within the photography program that will teach them new skills and/or prepare them for a career in photography.

The OCC Photography program is intended to prepare students for employment in a number of specialization areas within the field of professional photography as well as photo retoucher, producer, production assistant, content creator, entrepreneur, photo researcher, photo editor and visual communicator.  The student, after completing the first year foundation courses, may elect to take advanced courses in art, commercial, advertising illustration, portraiture, architectural, fashion, or documentary photography, color management, digital work flow, and business practices for photographers.

In addition to courses intended to train photographers, the program also includes several black and white and digital classes for professional photographers who wish to learn new skills and/or for those who are interested in careers as photographic digital technicians.

Complete the Certificate of Achievement and Associate in Science general education requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate competence in the technical skills of photography.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate photographic aesthetic strategies.
  3. Create photographs that illustrate a critical understanding of visual language.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AS major requirements.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AS GE), Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
Course Title Units
Required Courses
PHOT A123Introduction to Digital Photography3
PHOT A130History and Aesthetics of Still Photography3
PHOT A101Photography and Society3
or ART A101 Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Modern
or ART A101H Honors Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Modern
or ART A102 Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art History
PHOT A125Imaging for Photographers I3
PHOT A127Darkroom For Photography Majors2
PHOT A180Introduction to Professional Photography4
PHOT A188Commercial Photography5
PHOT A225Professional Digital Workflow and Color Management3
Select three units of A200-level PHOT courses 13
PHOT A241Business Practices for Photographers3
PHOT A280Professional Digital Techniques3
PHOT A283Art Photography4
Select two units of A200-level PHOT courses 22
Total Units41
Course Title Units
Restricted Electives: A200-Level Photography Courses
PHOT A200Documentary Photography3
PHOT A220Fashion Photography3
PHOT A223Action Sports Photography3
PHOT A230Photography Since 19453
PHOT A260Art Portfolio Development 11
PHOT A261Art Portfolio Development 21
PHOT A262Commercial Portfolio Development 11
PHOT A263Commercial Portfolio Development 21
PHOT A264Exhibition Preparation 11
PHOT A265Exhibition Preparation 21
PHOT A266Marketing and Self Promotion 11
PHOT A267Marketing and Self Promotion 21
PHOT A282Professional Portraiture3
PHOT A285Wedding and Event Photography3
PHOT A287Alternative Methods3
PHOT A288Editorial and Advertising People Photography3
PHOT A289Architectural Photography3
PHOT A290Advertising Illustration Photography3

Photography - Still Suggested Electives:
ENGL A100 Freshman Composition

Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 41
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
ART A101
Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Modern
or Honors Survey of Western Art from Renaissance to Modern
or Survey of Modern and Contemporary Art History
or Photography and Society
3
PHOT A123 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
PHOT A130 History and Aesthetics of Still Photography 3
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): 3-4
Intermediate Algebra 1
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
 
OCC AS GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units15-16
Semester 2
PHOT A125 Imaging for Photographers I 3
PHOT A127 Darkroom For Photography Majors 2
PHOT A180 Introduction to Professional Photography 4
OCC AS GE AREA A2 - CHOOSE ONE 2 3-4
OCC AS GE AREA D - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units15-16
Year 2
Semester 1
PHOT A188 Commercial Photography 5
PHOT A225 Professional Digital Workflow and Color Management 3
PHOT ELECTIVE A200-LEVEL COURSE (See Requirements) 3 3
OCC AS GE AREA B - CHOOSE ONE 3-4
 Units14-15
Semester 2
PHOT A241 Business Practices for Photographers 3
PHOT A280 Professional Digital Techniques 3
PHOT A283 Art Photography 4
PHOT ELECTIVE A200-LEVEL COURSE (See Requirements) 4 2
OCC AS GE AREA C2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 5 1
 Units16
 Total Units60-63