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About the Program

Bill Owens: Suburbia at Fifty

young boy holding gun on a tricycle with suburban house in backgroundPlease join us for our winter 2023 photography exhibition, on view Jan. 19–Feb. 27 in the KCI Gallery (4000 Lower Level).

All are invited to an opening reception and artist talk with Bill Owens on Jan. 19 at at 4-6 p.m.

Learn more about Suburbia at 50 and register for Jan. 19 event.

Why Take Photography at Foothill

Our program provides superior instruction in aesthetic principles, practical techniques and artistic expression, with the foundation for college transfer, entry into the workplace or photography for personal enrichment. 

Coursework includes traditional processing and printing, digital photography, color photography, studio lighting, experimental processes, photo criticism and portfolio preparation.

You are encouraged to develop a personal, expressive style, achieve technical excellence, and examine photography’s role in society.

We offer an associate in arts degree and a range of certificates to meet your needs, no matter what your goal for developing your skills as a photographer and the career path you hope to follow.

An advisory board of industry leaders supports our department faculty with knowledge and expertise so that we continue to offer the appropriate marketable skills for students to successfully enter the workforce.


What you can do with a degree in Photography

  • Freelance photographer
  • Nature photographer
  • Illustrator
  • Photo studio manager
  • Documentary photographer
  • Graphic artist

Degrees & Certificates

View the list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select a program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings, view degrees and certificates information.

Note: Certificates of Proficiency and Career Certificates are non-transcriptable and consist of 13-35 units. These certificates are designed as a career advancement tool. Courses focus on practical knowledge and skill development.

Associate in Arts Degree

Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Certificate of Proficiency

View academic catalog for Photography department certificate of proficiency requirements.

  • Photo Criticism Skills Certificate
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Please Contact Me!

Kate Jordahl, Photography Department Chair


Division Office Contacts

Ron Herman, Division Dean
Fine Arts & Communication Division
Information & Forms for Faculty

Download 2017 CTE Licensure Pass & Placement Rates