Certificate - Photography

Riverside City College
18-12 months
Full time/part time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
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About this program

Certificate - Photography

This program focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas and emotion through digital and film photography. The goal is to prepare individuals for careers in photographic and hotographyrelated fields. This includes instruction in: camera operation and maintenance, use and maintenance of all photographically-related equipment, selection of camera equipment, digital and film media, printing media, film developing, light and composition, color and special effects, photography as art, the history of photography, and the use of computer applications to refine and organize photographic images.

Admission requirements

RCC has only two international student admission requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent OR over the age of 18 (minors may be considered for special admission)
  • TOEFL iBT 45 or equivalent

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Program content

  • Introduction to Photography
  • Introduction to Digital Photography
  • Intermediate Photography
  • Advanced Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Lighting for Portraiture
  • Introduction to Color Photography

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

This Program Pathway will allow a full-time student to complete this program in 18-12 months. For students who require a part time pathway, please see a counselor for more information.


Tuition fees: $435 per unit for international students.


Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate competency in manipulating aperture, shutter and focal length to create a proper exposure as well as control action and depth of field for use in specialized situations.
  • Identify, describe and demonstrate formal concepts of photographic composition.
  • Define and demonstrate elements of lighting for still life and portraiture.
  • Modify images through the use of digital manipulation of pixels using channels, color adjustments and layer blend modes.
  • Produce a portfolio of work demonstrating technical competencies and aesthetic merit.

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Riverside City College

Riverside City College (RCC) is one of the best colleges in the USA for many international students. RCC was founded in 1916 and is located in beautiful Southern California close beaches and many other major attractions in Los Angeles, San...

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Why study at Riverside City College


Save over $80,00 (compare with UC) and receive up to $2,500 international student scholarship.

Great Location

Located in Southern California near Los Angeles, just a 1-hour drive to the beach, mountains, and theme parks.

Easy Admission

No SAT/ACT and low TOEFL/IELTS Score requirement. Just three simple and fast admission steps.

Safe Community

24/7 on-campus police service and support. Low campus crime rate.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer 2+2 to top US Universities including UCLA, UCB, Columbia, USC, and more!

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