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Digital SLR Photography and Videography Technician, Certificate of Achievement

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_CN_DSLR
Control Number: 32791

The Digital SLR Photography and Videography Certificate program is a Career Technical Ed specialty, designed for the student who wants a concentrated course of study in the field of photography coupled with video production. It has been designed to prepare students for entry-level employment as both a photographer and videographer. Students will be educated in the use of DSLR cameras, storytelling, event documentation, lighting, sound, post-production and business practices. The first 19 units give the student a strong foundation, while the 6 elective units allow students to “customize” the certificate to their unique needs.

Program Outcome

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate competence as both a photographer and a videographer, and show a critical understanding of visual language.

Certificate Requirements

Orange Coast College offers two types of certificate awards in career programs designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC.

  1. Certificate of Achievement - 8 units or more in a state-approved program.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded. A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing his or her final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog. 
  2. Certificate of Specialization - 16 units or less in a locally approved program.  Certificates of Specialization are not automatically awarded, not printed on official academic transcripts, and there is no acknowledgment of completion given at graduation.  Please contact the division for details regarding the submission of petitions as procedures for each division vary.  Most division offices prefer that students complete all of the required courses and then provide a copy of the transcript while some divisions allow petitions for Certificates of Specialization before finishing.

Minimum Grade Requirement
In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better. A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog. Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FILM A110 Film Production 1 3
PHOT A123 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
PHOT A125 Imaging with Photoshop 1 3
Semester 2
FILM A194 Editing 1 3
PHOT A180 Introduction to Professional Photography 4
FILM A262 Cinematography 3
 Total Units19


Course Title Units
Complete an additional six elective units, in either semester of the following:6
Computers in Music 1
The Business of Film & Television
Social Media Marketing
Documentary Production
Commercial Photography
Documentary Photography
Professional Digital Workflow and Color Management
Professional Digital Techniques
Total Units25