In a studio or stadium, at a quiet wedding or at world championship. Do you have a knack for crafting artful photos that capture the key moment or evoke the essence of the person. From celebratory moments to landmark events – the OCC Career Advantage program in Applied/Commercial Photography will make sure you and your camera are equipped to capture them. The OCC Career Advantage Applied Photography program can help you start a career as a professional photographer, or build your skills with our state-of-the art technology if you are already a working professional. Choose a certificate program or earn an associate degree. The field is wide open for commercial photographers in California. Read on to learn more about your options at OCC.

A sampling of courses for these careers

  • Imaging with Photoshop
  • Cinematography
  • Professional Digital Techniques
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Video Workshop
  • Art Photography

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Did you know?

Employment of self-employed photographers is projected to grow 12 percent from
2016 to 2026, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in photography. Or earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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Digital SLR Photography & Videography Technician

Prepare for an entry-level position as a photographer and videographer. Become skilled at using DSLR cameras, storytelling, event documentation, lighting, sound, post-production and business practices.

Photography Digital Technician

Prepare for a position as a digital tech assistant or photo assistant in the professional photography community. Learn digital photography, digital work flow, large-format digital capture and studio photography techniques.

Photography-Still

Prepare for a career in photography through this program, which prepares you for an entry-level position as a photographer or photography assistant. Learn the technical skills of photography, evaluate photographic aesthetic strategies and create photographs that illustrate a critical understanding of visual language.

Basic Drone Skills

Prepares students for entry-level employment as a UAS image capture specialist and prepares students for the FAA Part 107 Pilot license certification. Students will be educated in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, photography, videography, post-production editing, careers and business practices.

Drone Photography

Prepares students for a career as a UAS image capture specialist with FAA Part 107 Pilot license certification. Build knowledge and experience in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, photography, videography, post-production editing, careers, and business practices.

Drone Videography

Prepares students for a career as a UAS image capture specialist with FAA Part 107 Pilot license certification. Build knowledge and experience in the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems, videography, virtual reality (VR), post-production editing, careers, and business practices.

Photography-Still

Complete the Photography-Still Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program will prepare you for an entry-level position as a photographer or photography assistant. Learn the technical skills of photography, evaluate photographic aesthetic strategies and create photographs that illustrate a critical understanding of visual language. View program detail in course catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Other Programs That Might Interest You

Female working in a film studio.

FILM & TELEVISION

Explore our certificate programs, which give you the skills you need to get your start in any of a variety of industries

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Female student works at a monitor

DIGITAL MEDIA ARTS AND DESIGN

Choose from our graphic design or user design programs to prepare for a career in the digital arts

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COMMERCIAL ART

Prepare for a creative career in narrative illustration or art services

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

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