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Photography opens the world of creative expression through the eye of the camera. The Photography A.S. degree at Onondaga offers an artistic program that builds a strong technical foundation, encourages creative exploration and addresses photography's place in the evolution of communication.

The photographer of today has become a multifaceted individual with skills that cross traditional boundaries to include design, multimedia, illustration and computer technology. In both digital and traditional film, our student-centered program provides a strong technical foundation from which you are encouraged to explore and develop your full artistic potential.

The program is designed to build skills from the basics of black and white and color photography to digital imaging and studio lighting. Specialized areas include photojournalism, commercial photography and fine art applications. We offer you an excellent foundation for transfer to a four-year program or to embark on a career in the multifaceted photography industry. 

What You Will Learn:

In a hands-on atmosphere, you will learn the skills necessary to embark on a career in fine art or commercial photography. Beginning with the basic disciplines of black and white photography, color photography and theory, continuing on to digital imaging and studio lighting effects, you will be immersed in the process of not just looking - but really seeing. 

What It Is Like:

All courses are taught by respected academic and career professionals who are eager to share their extensive and diverse real-life experiences with students. Combining lectures with hands-on experience, our classes are held in state-of-the-art facilities and are small to allow for considerable interaction between students and faculty. All students are guided through the fundamental techniques of traditional film photography in our on-campus darkroom. You will learn digital imaging first-hand in our cutting edge, digital imaging lab, which features 22 networked computer workstations and the latest image-editing software and scanning equipment. You will also enjoy access to digital cameras and a photo studio fully equipped with lighting and props.
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Where It Can Take You:

There is a world of exciting opportunities awaiting photography graduates. For example, you will be prepared to enter the workforce in such positions as: stock photo researcher or photo studio assistant. Many of our students choose to transfer to a four-year program at highly respected schools of photography where they will be well-prepared to acquire the additional skills needed for a variety of careers including: Commercial Photographer, Portrait Photographer, Digital Retoucher and Fine Art Photographer.
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It is important that students who plan to transfer after completing their studies at Onondaga consult from the beginning of their academic program with an OCC advisor and a contact at the transfer college to make sure both OCC's degree requirements and transfer requirements are being meet. You can view current information on transfer agreements on our Transfer Services page.

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"When my parents want to know what we've been doing at school, I just point them to the online photo gallery and let the pictures do the talking." ~ Justin L., 1st Year Photography Student.