Photography Associate Degree Program

The curriculum in the Photography Associate Degree program is designed to provide the transfer student the opportunity to achieve an Associate degree. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers related to this field, earning the Associate degree may support attempts to gain entry-level employment or promotion.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Photography Associate Degree Program

Required Courses:

Course ID Title Units
  Suggested First Year  
PHOT 25 History of Photography 3
PHOT 50 Digital Photography I 3
PHOT 51* Introduction to Photoshop & Digital Imaging 3
PHOT 55* Digital Photography II 3
  Plus one of the following:  
PHOT 152* Intermediate Photoshop & Digital Imaging 3
PHOT 156* Digital Photography III  (SPRING SEMESTER ONLY) 3
PHOT 190* Special Problems in Photography 3

Restricted Electives:

Course ID Title Units
  Select one course from the following restrictive electives:  
PHOT 154 Alternative Digital Processes (SUMMER ONLY) 3
PHOT 157 Studio Lighting 3
PHOT 167 Creative Lighting 3
Total Required Units 21

*Course has a prerequisite, corequisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description.
†Must be taken concurrently

Associate in Arts Degree

Complete 21 units as described above and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Arts degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.