Fine Arts computer lab     Outside view of the Arts Center     Arts Center studio     fine arts darkroom

When viewed in terms of quality, quantity, and availability to students, the combined facilities (studios/labs) and equipment (cameras/lenses, lighting, and darkroom) provided by the Orange Coast College Photography Department are superior to those found in any school, public or private, two-year or four-year, in the United States.

Our facilities are located in both the Fine Arts Building and the Art Center Building. This includes 5 studio spaces (fully equipped for tungsten or electronic flash lighting), 8 film processing labs, 2 black and white printing darkrooms with a combined total of 50 enlargers, and a 30 station digital lab featuring professional level Macintosh workstations as well as state of the art scanning and printing capabilities.

You can be a Photography Major at OCC without owning any equipment of your own. We supply everything (that's 100%!) you need. Most students who go onto other photo programs tell us they really miss our support.

We provide a complete line of camera equipment: 35mm, DSLRs, middle format, 4 x 5, and 8 x 10, with a wide variety of lenses for each. This is not just "some" equipment; this is "lots of" equipment - about 150 cameras, total. We also have a wide variety of tungsten and electronic flash (strobe) lighting equipment.

Remember: You can borrow these things. You can take stuff off-campus. You can take it home. You can have it for the weekend.

We’ve spent well over $2,000,000 just on equipment alone, We find that giving our students experience with current, professional level gear better enables them for success when they go out into the industry.