Professional Photography Department
So you think you want to be a photographer?
Within the world of photography there are many careers, such as:
- Commercial Advertising Photography
(Includes architecture, automotive, fashion, food, people for advertising purposes, and product photography)
- Consumer Portrait Photography
(Includes studio portraits for the general public, events, weddings, and pets)
- Fine Art Photography
(Generally includes still-life, black and white art, hand-coloring, alternative processes – exhibiting in galleries and fine art festivals)
- Outdoor Photography
(Includes landscape, travel, underwater, wildlife, and adventure photography – exhibiting in galleries and fine art festivals, or selling stock photography to the advertising industry)
- Photo-journalism/Editorial/Documentary Photography
(Photographing for books, magazines, and newspapers. Documenting events, people and society.)
- Support Industries
(Assistants/Studio Managers, Stylists, Labs & Supply Businesses)
To pursue any one of these careers requires a fundamental understanding of the technical aspects of photography, as well as, the artistic aspects of conceptual thought and composition. Pikes Peak Community College offers you this education by enrolling you in an Professional Photography (AAS) Degree program, which combines photography classes from the ART and PHO departments, MGD, and others.
More About the Department
What do we teach in our classes? See a class description and student portfolio images to find out!
Our highly qualified faculty ranges from fine art photographers to portrait and commercially oriented shooters. This broad range helps to train our students in every aspect of photography. Click on the link above to read bios and see portfolio work from each faculty member.
Who do you see for advising? What kind of camera do I need?...
This program prepares the students for entry-level work in some of the following creative and exciting areas: consumer portrait, commercial advertising, outdoor, and fine-art photography. In addition students may enter support industries, which include: photo digital imaging and enhancement and photo lab technician. Students receive a blend of knowledge in technical camera skills, composition and creative thought, and computer software. Students will also choose from a variety of course electives.
See photos of our studio and work spaces.