Department of Fine and Performing Arts

Learn more about Photography at Owens Community College

Learn more about Photography at Owens Community College

Student Testimonial: Photography at Owens Community College

Student Testimonial: Photography at Owens Community College

Photography Certificate (Owens Code: ZPHO)
Photography Concentration, AA (Owens Code: PHOC)

The Fine and Performing Arts department offers two degrees in photography. The Commercial Photography Technology degree is designed to prepare students for employment in the photographic industry. The Photography Concentration is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor degree.

The photography programs enable students to develop strong skills in both traditional and digital photographic techniques. Combining a traditional foundation with the latest advances in technology, we offer students both traditional darkroom as well as digital lab classes. Our award-winning faculty share their expertise and love of photography with students at any level of studies, as well as in an active photo club.

Owens provides a full-spectrum photography education, from darkroom to digital, from fine art to commercial, with an emphasis on contemporary visual literacy. Students in the PHO program take photography courses that cover the following topics: Black and white darkroom with small and large format cameras; studio and natural lighting for product, portrait, wedding, and events; visual storytelling and communication; digital asset management; color management for digital output to web and print; creative problem solving with alternative digital and darkroom output; business and career development including marketing, copyright and licensing; historical and contemporary trends in the field of photography; portfolio preparation and presentation.

Fast Facts

Career Opportunities

  • Photographers Assistant
  • Photo Studio Owner
  • Photo Technician
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Corporate/Advertising Photographer
  • Editorial/Stock Photographer
  • Photojournalist


Photo Club


  • Black and White Printing Darkroom
  • Two Digital Mac Labs
  • Print Finishing Lab
  • Professional Lighting Studio
  • Walter E. Terhune Gallery

Student exhibition

Juried Spring Student Show

Internship partners