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The Photography Program at Phoenix College prepares students to use artistic techniques to effectively communicate ideas and information to a variety of audiences for both artistic and commercial purposes. Students will learn specialized camera and equipment operation and maintenance, along with applications to commercial and industrial needs. The program offers a wide range of digital and traditional classes.

Classes take place in the college's new Fine Arts building, a state-of-the-art facility that reflects the high quality of art education at Phoenix College. In addition to two digital labs, the building houses a traditional wet lab, known as the Allen A. Dutton Center for Photography, named after the Photography program's founder and professor emeritus.

Knowledge and Skills

Examples of skills and knowledge gained through the successful completion of the program include the ability to:

  • Prepare quality finished photographs demonstrating aesthetic control of exposure, development, and printing techniques;
  • Produce a range of art both traditionally and electronically;
  • Use specialized lighting applications;
  • Prepare to create a professional photographic portfolio; and
  • Integrate the principles of composition and design.

Career and Employment Outlook

Students in the program will build a foundation of artistic and technical knowledge and skills to prepare them for entry-level employment in fields such as commercial, fine arts, industrial, freelance, and portrait photography.

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