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

  • Associate in Arts Degree – Photography
  • Certificate – Photography
  • Apply online at fullcoll.edu
  • Apply for financial aid: fafsa.ed.gov
  • Take the online orientation
  • Take assessment exam
  • Meet with a Counselor
  • Update Personal info in My Gateway
  • Register for classes
  • Pay fees

Melody La Montia
714.992.7527
mlamontia@fullcoll.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Associate in Arts Degree – Photography
Certificate – Professional Photography

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/.

Associate degree or certificate completion depends on program unit requirements and whether student is enrolled full time or part time.

For information on jobs in this industry sector and their median annual salaries visit: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/.

Career opportunities:
• 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

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.

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Melody La Montia

Average Salary in this Field

$22,410 to

$89,750 Per Year

Careers in this Field

Corporate Photographer

Special Events Photographer

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