Associate in Arts Degree Photography


The Associate in Arts Degree Photography program is designed to prepare students for entry into occupational photographic fields. A student may also elect to work toward a transfer into a four-year institution, in the field of Fine Arts.

To earn an Associate Degree students must complete:

  1. all major course requirements with a grade of C or better
  2. Cypress College Native General Education requirements; California State University General Education Breadth requirements (CSU GE Breadth) or IGETC General Education requirements
  3. the cultural diversity and reading requirements
  4. any elective courses to complete a minimum of 60 units, and
  5. have a minimum GPA of 2.0.

At least 50% of all major course work must be completed at Cypress College. Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at a transfer institution offering a Baccalaureate Degree. For information on specific university requirements, please consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Required Courses are listed in suggested sequence (42 units):
PHOT 101 CIntroduction to Photography3
PHOT 103 CIntermediate Photography3
PHOT 104 CWedding and Event Photography3
PHOT 109 CPortrait Photography3
PHOT 200 CConceptual Photography3
PHOT 201 CIntro to Professional Photo3
PHOT 202 CContemporary Photography3
PHOT 203 CStudio Lighting Techniques3
PHOT 204 CHistory of Photography3
PHOT 209 CCareers in Photography3
PHOT 215 CDigital Photography3
PHOT 216 CAdvanced Digital Photography3
PHOT 219 CEditorial Photography3
PHOT 227 C Retouching and Digital Workflow3
Electives - Students must complete 3 units from the following list:3
Advanced Wedding Photography3
About Faces: Portraiture3
Available Light Photography3
Photo Laboratory Studies I0.5-1
Photo Laboratory Studies II0.5-1
Photo Laboratory Studies III0.5-1
Studio Practices3
Advanced Retouching and Digital Workflow3
Food Photography3
Total Units45