Photography Classes in Los Angeles with Certificate Program Info

There are five schools within 50 miles of Los Angeles that have photography certificate programs. Read an overview of the programs, requirements and admission info at three schools within 35 miles of the city center and find out which school is the right one for you.

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Los Angeles Schools with Photography Programs

The Los Angeles area has only a handful of schools offering certificate programs in photography. This article looks at three schools within 40 minutes of downtown and the programs they offer. Important statistics about each school, such as enrollment, tuition and the acceptance rates, are disclosed in a table that makes it easy to compare these institutions. A brief paragraph about some other area schools that offer relevant programs closes this article.

  • El Camino Community College is in Torrance, about 16 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It offers a Certificate of Achievement in Photography.
  • Glendale Community College is about 11 miles north of the city. Students there can earn a Certificate of Achievement in Digital Arts - Digital Photography Emphasis.
  • Santa Ana College is in Santa Ana, approximately 33 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It offers a Certificate of Achievement in Photography.

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Comparison of Schools

The following table showcases important information about each school. This knowledge can help individuals make an informed choice regarding their education.

El Camino Community College Glendale Community College Santa Ana College
School Type 2-year; public 2-year; public 2-year; public
Total Enrollment (2014) 24,207* 15,112* 29,590*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsized city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2015-2016) $1,142 in-state; $5,678 out-of-state* $1,175 in-state; $5,855 out-of-state* $1,142 in-state; $6,902 out-of-state*
% of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2013-2014) 63%* 66%* 78%*
Acceptance Rate (2016) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2013-2014) 76% for full-time students; 50% for part-time students* 72% for full-time students; 54% for part-time students* 71% for full-time students; 39% for part-time students*
Graduation Rate (Fall 2011) 30% (10% transfer-out rate)* 18% (13% transfer-out rate)* 25% (7% transfer-out rate)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

El Camino Community College

The photography faculty at this school includes one full-time and five part-time members. In addition, the faculty directory for digital arts shows two full-time members. Student photography work is exhibited at the campus gallery and library, in addition to being shown at off-campus locations.

Certificate of Achievement in Photography

Required classes in this 2-year, 26-unit program range from basic photography to advanced photography, in addition to the theory of color and color printing. Aspiring photographers also choose from electives such as portraiture, photojournalism, black and white photography, camera and lighting, production and creative photographic processes. To complete the program, each student submits a photographic portfolio to a committee of faculty members for evaluation.

Certificate of Achievement in Digital Arts - Digital Photography Emphasis

This 38-39 credit hour certificate might particularly appeal to individuals interested in digital photography or to those already working in the profession. Learners complete classes in studio art and design foundations, in addition to more advanced art and photography classes and an independent study course. Students also have the opportunities to build portfolios of their digital works and compete in juried exhibitions.

Glendale Community College

Students can learn both digital and traditional techniques through this certificate program. All instructors are working photographers and artists.

Certificate of Achievement in Photography

This certificate program spans two years and requires completion of 29 units. The required classes include introductory photography, intermediate black and white techniques, lighting, history of photography and digital photography. During their final semesters, advanced students can choose to complete either a special photography project course or a class in documentary photography.

Santa Ana College

There are two part-time art faculty members dedicated expressly to the photography program. The school displays student artwork through an online photo gallery.

Certificate of Achievement in Photography

Students working towards this certificate complete 22-24 units of coursework. Required classes include beginning photography, photo graphics, digital photography, wedding and quinceañera photography and portrait photography. Electives are available from art and photography courses.

Other School Options

The College of the Canyons, located in Santa Clarita, and Cypress College, situated in Cypress, both offer photography certificate programs. These schools are both about a half-hour's drive from downtown Los Angeles.

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