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Photography Digital Technician, Certificate of Achievement

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

This program offers training in areas such as digital photography, digital workflow, large format digital capture and studio photography techniques. It is intended to prepare students for digital tech and photo assisting jobs in the professional photography community.

Program Outcome

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate competence in the digital skills of photography and display skills in professional practices.

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.

Course Title Units
Required Courses
PHOT A180Introduction to Professional Photography4
PHOT A188Commercial Photography5
PHOT A225Professional Digital Workflow and Color Management3
PHOT A280Professional Digital Techniques3
Select any “A200” level PHOT course, three units minimum 3
Total Units18

Photography Digital Technician Suggested Electives

Course Title Units
PHOT A241Business Practices for Photographers3

Note: PHOT A123 Introduction to Digital Photography (3 units) is a prerequisite to PHOT A180 Introduction to Professional Photography and PHOT A125 Imaging with Photoshop 1 (3 units) is a prerequisite to PHOT A225 Professional Digital Workflow and Color Management.