The Photography Department at El Camino College provides a comprehensive foundation in skills, techniques and processes for commercial and creative photography. 

What We Offer

Our photography program prepares students for entry-level employment in photography or for successful transfer to four-year degree programs.


Upon completion of the required courses, students can earn an Associate of Science Degree in Photography that will give them the theoretical and practical knowledge to pursue a variety of careers in the field of professional and creative photography.


The Certificate curriculum emphasizes studio work with courses in portraiture, photojournalism, black and white, color, digital and film creative photographic processes.

Specific major requirements for the Associate of Science degree  and Photography Certificate of Achievement can be found in the  College Catalog.


For information on specific university major requirements, please obtain a transfer curriculum guide sheet in Counseling Services consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.


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Each student acquires practical and creative skills relating to digital and film photography, camera operation, films, color theory, photo composition, lighting, processing, printing, and business operations through a wide range of studio courses including:

  • Photography
  • Photojournalism
  • Black and White Photography
  • Portraiture
  • Theory of Color/Color Printing
  • Creative Photographic Processes

Course descriptions can be found in the College Catalog. To view current class offerings, refer to Online Class Schedule.


Upcoming master classes, events, and ticket information is available through Center for the Arts.


The Photography program exhibits student work both on and off campus, including a yearly exhibition in the spring at the college library and the El Camino College Student Art Exhibit in the Art Gallery. Photography students also get the opportunity to publish their work in the ECC Union newspaper and the Myriad, the ECC literary journal.


El Camino College photography students have access to an environmentally-sensitive fully equipped photo wet lab, a digital lab, a lighting studio, and the chemicals used in developing and printing processes.


Our photography classes can be a student’s first step towards a variety of careers including:

  • Freelance photographer
  • Film
  • Television
  • Cinematographer
  • Corporate photographer
  • Artist
  • Advertising
  • Photographer assistant
  • Imaging
  • Public relations
  • Fashion
  • Medical and scientific publications
  • Photojournalism