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Photography Classes in Los Angeles with Certificate Program Info

Jan 25, 2019

There are 10 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 25 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 numerous schools offering certificate programs in photography. This article looks at three schools within 30 minutes of downtown and the programs they offer. Important statistics about each school, such as enrollment, tuition and 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 8 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It offers a Certificate of Achievement in Photography.
  • Glendale Community College is about 15 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 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It offers a commercial photography certificate.

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 4-year; public, primarily associate's
Total Enrollment (2017) 24,349* 14,598* 28,083*
Campus Setting Large suburb Midsized city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $1,142 in-state; $5,846 out-of-state* $1,175 in-state; $6,335 out-of-state* $1,142 in-state; $8,032 out-of-state*
% of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 64%* 70%* 85%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions* N/A - Open admissions*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 78% for full-time students; 53% for part-time students* 76% for full-time students; 51% for part-time students* N/A - Not reported*
Graduation Rate 32% (10% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 29% (11% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2014)* 25% (9% transfer-out rate) (for those who began their studies in 2011)*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

El Camino Community College

Students at this community college can participate in certificate programs for their photography studies. Credits for these programs may be transferrable to a four-year university. The photography faculty at this school includes one full-time and seven part-time members.

Certificate of Achievement in Photography

Required classes in this 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 31-33 unit 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 opportunity to build portfolios of their digital works.

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 requires the completion of 27 units. The required classes include introductory photography, large format photography, lighting, history of photography and digital photography. During their final semesters, advanced students can choose to complete a special photography project course, commercial/fine arts photography course or a class in documentary photography.

Santa Ana College

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

Commercial Photography Certificate

Students working towards this certificate complete 21.5-23.5 units of coursework. Required classes include beginning photography, landscape photography, digital photography, wedding and quinceañera photography and portrait studio practices. 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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