Photography Program Description


A.A. Photography

Certificates of Achievement

Fine Art Photography Program Disclosure
Commercial and Studio Photography Program Disclosure
Portraiture and Wedding Photography Program Disclosure

Program Description

The photography program is designed to teach entry-level skills for careers in the photographic industry. Students interested in photography as visual expression or an adjunct to a vocation will also benefit.

Flexibility of the advanced program allows a student to concentrate upon a specific photographic career area.

Students planning to prepare for a four-year degree in Photography should consult the lower division requirements of the university to which they plan to transfer.

Career Opportunities

  • Studio Photography
  • Portrait & Wedding Photography
  • Photographic Lab Technician
  • Photojournalism
  • Industrial and Architectural Photography

Some Career Opportunities may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some Career Opportunities or for preparation for transfer to a university program.


  • Located in the Winn Center
  • 25 Black & White Enlargers
  • State of the Art Digital Media Lab
  • Flexible and Innovative Studio bays with Current Image Capture Technology
  • Field Trips to a variety of photographic businesses in Sacramento and the Bay Area
  • Field study courses in Yosemite, the Eastern Sierras, and Monterey
  • Innovative and engaging eight-week course offerings
  • Special Seminars

Note to Transfer Students:
If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the bachelor’s degree.

For information about the student learning outcomes for this program, see

Field Study Classes at Cosumnes River College
Nature is often the best classroom! Come learn outside in Cosumnes River College’s field study courses. These classes consist of short classroom sessions followed by extended trips to some of the most unique and beautiful environments in California, including Big Sur, Monterey Bay, Mt. Lassen, Point Reyes, Yosemite and more! These short-term classes are offered by several departments, including Biology, Geography, Geology and Photography. For more information about specific classes, consult the class schedule or contact each department.