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Professional Photography Associate in Science Degree

Fresno City College
Program overview
2 years
Associate's degree
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2021

Spring 2021

Program description

Professional Photography Associate in Science Degree

We offer the most extensive series of classes in Central California for those who wish to enter the image making industry or improve their current professional skills. We provide hands on experience in our studios and labs with current hardware and software technology.

Our courses develop skills in creating photographs for commercial clients from small and large scale studio and location scenarios. You will learn appropriate workflow and processes to compete in the commercial marketplace. Throughout the program, you may take Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) industry certifications.

Students in this curriculum are trained in the major areas of professional photography. Positions for which graduates may qualify, depending upon their interest, abilities, and achievement, include portrait, commercial, editorial, digital, and retail fields. Some equipment and supplies provided.

Admission requirements

International Students and Scholars Admission Requirements

To determine whether you are eligible for admission to our Fresno City College International Program, please review the following Admission Requirements, and submit the completed checklist with your other application materials:

  • Student must be 18 years old prior to the start of the semester
  • Affidavit of Support Form
  • Cost of Attendance Acknowledgement Form
  • Financial Documents
  • TOEFL or IELTS Exam Results – Waived if student Graduated from a U.S. High School and/or if English is an official language of home country
    • TOEFL Score Requirement Score of 500 Paper Based Test (PBT) or 61 Internet Based Test (iBT) required from students applying from their home country. If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting a score of 460 PBT or 48 iBT. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
    • IELTS Score Requirement Overall Band Score of 5.5 required from students applying from home country with at least 5.0 in each subsection (Listening, reading, Writing, and Speaking). If a student attended and completed an English Language Training Program in the U.S. we will consider accepting an Overall Band Score of 5.0. Transcripts will be required from English Training Program for review.
  • High School Graduation Requirement Official Graduation Certificate/Diploma, transcripts, and/or equivalent evidence of graduation from a Secondary School or its equivalent are required. If records are not in English, certified translation must be furnished.

For more information about admission requirement, please visit the university website.

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Program content

First Year

First Semester

  • Digital Imaging Fundamentals
  • Beginning Photoshop
  • Photography and Visual Literacy

Second Semester

  • Advanced Photoshop
  • Lighting Principles

Second Year

First Semester

  • Digital Black and White Photography
  • Editorial Photography
  • Applied Color and Alternative Photographic Media

Second Semester

  • Commercial Portraiture
  • Advanced Projects

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Tuition fees

International and Out-of-State student fees for spring 2021 : $3480.00 per 12 credit units

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the university website.


Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Produce professional quality photographs in various contemporary formats

About this institute

Fresno City College

FCC provides the first two years of American university education to help you get where you want to be. Students will receive an American education at an affordable cost. Our students enjoy and benefit from individualized staff guidance, academic counseling,...

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