Photography Certificate

A Photography Certificate will be awarded for the completion of six core courses and one elective course for a total of 19 units. The MSJC Photography program offers adult learners digital production and workflow skills. Photography students are immersed in project-based, active, and real-world production challenges as well as creative skill set development. Career-oriented photographers embark on a path of inquiry that explores visual communication by creating images with professional visual impact, industry-standard quality, and mastery of digital asset management.


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Begin by exploring MSJC program maps to find career or transfer opportunities.  Program maps show the recommended course sequence that leads to graduation or transfer. The maps were developed by program experts to give you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.    

  • Starting in Spring? Choose Fall Semester 1 courses.   
  • Are you a part-time student?  Start Fall Semester 1 courses and follow the course sequence.
Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
PHOT-125 Digital Photography Production I 3
ART-120 2D Design 3
DIG-110 Introduction to Digital Media 3
Spring Semester 1
PHOT-524 Digital Photography Production II (formerly PHOT-224) 3
DIG-580 Brand Building & Design (formerly DIG-180) 3
Fall Semester 2
PHOT-525 Digital Photography Production III (formerly PHOT-225) 3
PHOT-790 Digital Imaging Studio Laboratory 1
 Total Units19

PHOT-790 Digital Imaging Studio Laboratory recommended by faculty in last semester with PHOT-525 Digital Photography Production III (formerly PHOT-225)

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ART-1202D Design3
DIG-110Introduction to Digital Media3
PHOT-125Digital Photography Production I3
PHOT-524Digital Photography Production II (formerly PHOT-224)3
PHOT-525Digital Photography Production III (formerly PHOT-225)3
PHOT-790Digital Imaging Studio Laboratory1
Select three units of the following:3
Video Production I
Business Communications
Honors Business Communications
Cooperative Work Experience: Digital Media (formerly DIG-149)
3D Animation (formerly DIG-170)
Brand Building & Design (formerly DIG-180)
Digital Media Capstone
Cultural History of American Motion Pictures
Special Projects: Photography
History of Still Photography (formerly PHOT-130)
Professional Production Studio Laboratory
Total Units19

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Note: There are no guaranteed positions for students completing these programs. Education and work experience required will vary by employer. The salary and benefits for specific occupations will be dependent on work experience, education, background, and employer.

Gainful Employment Disclosures: Photography

Gainful Employment Disclosures – 2024 


This program is designed to be completed in 8 months 

This program will cost $874 if completed within normal time.  There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.   

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with $0 of debt.  

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession: California 

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please click here: 

Cost per unit $46
Nonresident Fees- Tuition: $318
Capital Outlay: $58
Parking Permits cost $90 a year or $45 a semester
RTA Go Pass cost $16 a year or $8 a semester
SGA discount sticker (optional) - $14 a year or $7 a semester
Student representation fee (optional) - $4 a year or $2 a semester
Student Health Center Fee - $52 a year or $26 a semester
*For summer session fees and non-CA resident tuition, please see: