Highly skilled photographers are in demand now more than ever. At AVC we are committed to equipping students with the qualifications necessary to become marketable in the photography field. Students in our Commercial Photography Program will learn to use state of the art photography equipment and receive instruction in commercial photography techniques. Additionally, our faculty promotes a creative photography process, in which we encourage students to apply traditional and creative composition techniques to their work. Students will also learn essential business concepts to prepare them for their career pursuits in the photography field.
Our program is unique in that we offer courses in traditional black & white photography. These courses are designed to enhance creative expression and develop an understanding of visual images.
What certificates/degrees can I earn?
What will I learn?
The Commercial Photography Program provides students with the skills and knowledge to take creativity and passion and turn it into something marketable and profitable.
Most of our faculty are working professionals in the photography field. Our photography professionals will provide instruction and assign projects that will prepare students for working in the profession of photography.
What kinds of classes are offered?
We offer a variety of photography courses. In the Beginning Black & White classes, students will learn to develop film and develop prints in the darkroom. We also offer Cameras & Composition, in which students will be taught how to use large, medium and small format film cameras. In the studio practices courses, students will have access to our photography studio. Our courses offer students the opportunity to learn portraiture, studio lighting and how to create images for advertising.
What are possible jobs in this field?
The coursework for our Associate of Applied Science Degree in Commercial Photography prepares students to work in the areas of:
- Advertising Illustration
- Architectural Photography
- Aerial Photography
- Editorial Photography
- Fashion Photography
- Food Photography
- Film Industry-Production Stills Photography
- Portrait Photography
- Sports Photography
- Stock Photography
- Product Photography
What are my employment opportunities?
Antelope Valley College works closely with employers in the aerospace industry, local print houses and studios.
What’s the average pay range for local jobs in this field?
Hourly wages can range from $15 to $100 and salaries from $35,000 to well over $100,000, depending on employer, position and experience.
For more information
See a counselor in the Student Services Building for more information.