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Digital SLR Photography and Videography Technician, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_DSLR

Control Number: 32791

Financial Aid Eligible


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 well as photo retoucher, producer, production assistant, content creator, entrepreneur, photo researcher, photo editor and visual communicator. . Students will be educated in the use of DSLR cameras, story telling, event documentation, lighting, sound, postproduction 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

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

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  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.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  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 their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

Course Title Units
Required Courses
FILM A110Film Production 13
PHOT A123Introduction to Digital Photography3
PHOT A125Imaging for Photographers I3
FILM A194Editing 13
PHOT A180Introduction to Professional Photography4
FILM A262Cinematography3
Restricted Electives - select 6 units:6
The Business of Film & Television
Social Media Marketing
Documentary Production
Computers in Music 1
Commercial Photography
Documentary Photography
Professional Digital Workflow and Color Management
Professional Digital Techniques
Total Units25

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FILM A110 Film Production 1 3
PHOT A123 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
 Units6
Semester 2
FILM A194 Editing 1 3
PHOT A180 Introduction to Professional Photography 4
FILM A262 Cinematography 3
PHOT A125 Imaging for Photographers I 3
 Units13
Year 2
Semester 1
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVES - Select 6 units 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  
 Units6
 Total Units25