Photography major

You find the bright and beautiful in the everyday.

You’ll come to CCAD with creative talent, an Instagram account with hundreds of photos and a point of view that’s all your own. In our Photography program, our studios will be your stage, set, playground and laboratory. Through our photography school, you’ll draw influence from energetic peers, our experienced faculty and our collaborative atmosphere. You'll use the best gear and the latest software. You'll learn about your aesthetic and how you can market yourself and your photography. You’ll leave our program well-versed in multiple photographic formats, a master of darkroom work and cutting-edge digital editing. You may go on to start your own studio, work full-time for a major publication or document the world in a completely different way.


Photography facilities

CCAD’s state-of-the-art facilities include a commercial studio with access to cameras, lighting, darkroom, printers and software you need to tap into your inner photographer. 

You'll have access to:

  • A 2,000-square-foot commercial photo studio with dedicated Canon 5D cameras and a large-format digital capture camera
  • A wide array of analog and digital cameras and lighting equipment
  • A black-and-white darkroom, a large-format darkroom and an individual photosensitive process lab
  • Canon 17-, 24- and 44-inch printers, calibrated computers and Adobe Creative Cloud suite


Student and alumni works



CCAD’s all-encompassing photography instruction teaches grads how to develop their individual aesthetic and market themselves with confidence. Whether they ultimately start their own studio or work for somebody else, our grads have applied the skills they built at CCAD to a variety of positions and fields.

Architectural photographer
Corporate and public relations photographer
Editorial illustration photographer

Fine artist
Internet/interactive producer
Image processor
Photography teacher

Photo editor
Portrait photographer
Product and food photographer


Our grads generate interest from employers in diverse industries, from big-time publishers to prestigious arts institutions to retail brands. Some employers who have benefited from their skills are:

Arclight Cinema
Best Buy
Culinary Institute of America
The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Gene Siskel Film Center
Huffington Post
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
JoAnn Stores
Paramount Pictures

Rocky Brands
Tate Gallery
Wall Street Journal


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Credit Hours

CORE Liberal Arts Requirements 60
Program Requirements 18
CORE Studio Requirements 42

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Course information

Check out the Photography course requirements

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Adjunct Instructor
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Adjunct Instructor
Photography, CORE Studies, Masters of Fine Arts
Photography, Masters of Fine Arts
Adjunct Instructor
Program Coordinator
Animation, Photography, Film & Video
Adjunct Instructor
Adjunct Instructor
Chair of Photography, Interim Chair of Film & Video, Professor
Film & Video, Masters of Fine Arts, Photography
Adjunct Instructor


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