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About the Program

Spring Exhibition • The Red Purse: A Story of Grief and Desire — Photographs by Jacque Rupp

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On View View April 8–June 14, 2024
KCI Gallery, Building 4000, Foothill College

Jacque Rupp is a documentary and fine art photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In her most recent work, Rupp focuses on womanhood, using herself and experiences as the subject matter. Rupp ventures off in the imagined, exploring issues of identity and purpose. Join her Wednesday, May 22, for a virtual artist talk at Noon–1 p.m. Register here.

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Why Take Photography at Foothill

Our program provides superior instruction in aesthetic principles, practical techniques and artistic expression, with the foundation for college transfer, entry into the workplace or photography for personal enrichment. 

Coursework includes traditional processing and printing, digital photography, color photography, studio lighting, experimental processes, photo criticism and portfolio preparation.

You are encouraged to develop a personal, expressive style, achieve technical excellence, and examine photography’s role in society.

We offer an associate in arts degree and a range of certificates to meet your needs, no matter what your goal for developing your skills as a photographer and the career path you hope to follow.

An advisory board of industry leaders supports our department faculty with knowledge and expertise so that we continue to offer the appropriate marketable skills for students to successfully enter the workforce.


What you can do with a degree in Photography

  • Freelance photographer
  • Nature photographer
  • Illustrator
  • Photo studio manager
  • Documentary photographer
  • Graphic artist

Degrees & Certificates

View the list below for programs offered at Foothill. Then select a program map for a possible schedule that fulfills program and college requirements.

For program requirements and full course listings or a new certificate without a program map, view degrees and certificates information.

Note: Certificates of Proficiency and Career Certificates are non-transcriptable and consist of 13-35 units. These certificates are designed as a career advancement tool. Courses focus on practical knowledge and skill development.

Associate in Arts Degree

Certificate of Achievement (CA)

Certificate of Proficiency

View academic catalog for Photography department certificate of proficiency requirements.

  • Photo Criticism Skills Certificate

Non-Credit Certificate of Completion

View academic catalog for Photography department certificate of completion requirements.

Fall 2023 New Non-Credit Courses

For course descriptions, see photography course catalog.

  • Phot 404A Photoshop for Photographers I
  • Phot 404A Photoshop for Photographers II
  • Phot 404A Photoshop for Photographers III
  • Phot 405 Introduction to Photography
  • Phot 472 Lightroom and Photographic Design
  • Phot 474A Studio Photography Lighting I
  • Phot 474B Studio Photography Lighting II
  • Phot 474C Studio Photography Lighting III

Ouestions About Credit vs. Non-Credit Classes

If you have questions about which path or certificate is right for you, contact Photography Department Chair Kate Jordahl at


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Please Contact Me!

Kate Jordahl, Photography Department Chair


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Ron Herman, Division Dean
Fine Arts & Communication Division