Photographic Technology

Photographic Technology

In an ever-more visual and digital job market, a picture today is likely worth a lot more than 1,000 words. The Oakland Community College program in photographic technology can help you add value to images by sharpening your critical eye and visual skills, either through an associate in applied science degree or a certificate in photo technology.

The program provides professional and technical experience in still black and white, color and digital photography. The emphasis is on developing the skills for employment as a photographer, photographic assistant, digital re-toucher/archivist or lab technician in business, industry, advertising, journalism, medical institutions, studios and schools. Graduates also will be prepared to start their own businesses as self-employed professional photographers or retailers.

Photographers can work in any of the following careers, commercial photographer, food photographers, fine artist, portrait and event photographer, photo journalist, photo stylist, photo retoucher, public relations, web content photographer, art education, art therapy, archivist, and conservator. 
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Degree Program

Degree Program Plan

Certificate Program

Certificate Program Plan

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"Taking classes at OCC has helped me greatly improve my technical skills as they apply to my career.  More importantly, the instructors have also helped me develop my creative process and vision." - Jeremy W, Royal Oak, MI

Eligibility Information

This program is offered on the Orchard Ridge and Royal Oak Campus

Prospective students must meet standard OCC eligibility requirements - there is an open admissions policy and placement tests and new student orientation are required in most cases. Students should meet with an OCC counselor before attempting this plan of study.