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Photography Schools in California

There are 37 California schools offering photography programs. 648 students graduated from programs at California photography schools in 2010. 401 of all these students graduated with bachelors degrees and 104 of all these students graduated with associates degrees.

Overview

On average, 1,008 students graduate from programs in California in photography each year. This accounts for close to 14% of photography students who US schools graduate. More specifically, 46 students graduated with certificates in photography, 104 with an associate's level degree, 401 with a degree at the bachelor's level, and 97 with a degree at the master's level.

37 photography schools are located in this Pacific Coast state. Out of these, eight schools are private, while 29 schools are public. While tuition at a private photography school varies from $18,050 to $36,742, public photography school tuition is $5,195.

Average tuition for photography programs is $20,815. The highest tuition for photography programs, which is $36,742 each year, is at the California Institute of the Arts, while the lowest tuition in this state, which is $5,195 each year, is at California State University-Sacramento.

Schools in this state offer certificates, associates degrees, bachelors degrees, and masters degrees in photography.

Photography Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

On average, 1,008 students graduate from programs in California in photography each year. This accounts for close to 14% of photography students who US schools graduate. More specifically, 46 students graduated with certificates in photography, 104 with an associate's level degree, 401 with a degree at the bachelor's level, and 97 with a degree at the master's level.

Photography Program Completions in California 2006 - 2010

  • Certificate 2006: 42
  • Certificate 2007: 58
  • Certificate 2008: 104
  • Certificate 2009: 29
  • Certificate 2010: 46
  • Associate 2006: 77
  • Associate 2007: 92
  • Associate 2008: 187
  • Associate 2009: 68
  • Associate 2010: 104
  • Bachelor 2006: 476
  • Bachelor 2007: 489
  • Bachelor 2008: 930
  • Bachelor 2009: 428
  • Bachelor 2010: 401
  • Master 2006: 42
  • Master 2007: 63
  • Master 2008: 148
  • Master 2009: 82
  • Master 2010: 97

Photography Program Availability in California

California schools offer a total of 71 photography programs. Of these programs, about 42.3% are programs at the certificate level. The remaining programs are degrees at the associates level, the bachelors level, and the masters level.

Photography Program Availability in California

  • Certificate: 30
  • Associate: 27
  • Bachelor: 9
  • Master: 5

Career Trends

Photographers — Salary by Percentile

Photographers — Salary by Percentile

Photographers — Salary by Percentile

  • 10th Percentile: 20090
  • 25th Percentile: 23320
  • Median: 31990
  • 75th Percentile: 51220
  • 90th Percentile: 79670

Career Trends

Photographers — Employment Trend

Photographers — Employment Trend

Photographers — Employment Trend

  • Median Salary 2006: 28710
  • Median Salary 2007: 37730
  • Median Salary 2008: 36970
  • Median Salary 2009: 35210
  • Median Salary 2010: 31990
  • Total Employed 2006: 6300
  • Total Employed 2007: 5870
  • Total Employed 2008: 5670
  • Total Employed 2009: 4950
  • Total Employed 2010: 4830

California vs National Photography Employment

California vs National Photography Employment

  • Employed in California: 8.854% (4830)

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1. Columbia College

11600 Columbia College Dr
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 588-5100

Columbia College offers two programs in photography. Specifically, students are offered one photography certificate by it and one photography degree at the associate's level. It is in town of Sonora, California. This school is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in California. It is the tenth biggest institution in the state of California offering photography in terms of programs.

2. Porterville College

100 E College Ave
Porterville, CA 93257
(559) 791-2200

Porterville College is 1.2 miles from the heart of downtown. It offers two photography programs. Specifically, it offers one certificate in photography to students and one associate's level photography degree. This college is a public 2-year institution.

3. The Art Institute of California - Orange County

3601 W Sunflower Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 830-0200

The Art Institute of California-Orange County, which is near the center of the city, is in Santa Ana, CA and AI offers one program in photography. This specialized college is a for-profit 4-year institution. In terms of programs, this college is the third biggest institution in the state of California offering photography.

4. The California Institute of the Arts

24700 W McBean Pky
Valencia, CA 91355-2397
(661) 255-1050

The California Institute of the Arts is located in the suburbs of Valencia, California. It offers three programs in photography. Out of those, CalArts offers one certificate in photography to students, one bachelor's level degree in photography, and one master's level photography degree. It is a 4-year institution.

5. The Art Center College of Design

1700 Lida St
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 396-2200

The Art Center College of Design offers one program in photography and this college, which is near the heart of downtown, is in Pasadena, CA. This college is one of 14 art colleges in California. This college ranks fourth in terms of enrollment in the state of California.

6. The San Francisco Art Institute

800 Chestnut St
San Francisco, CA 94133-2299
(415) 771-7020

The San Francisco Art Institute is 2.0 miles from the center of the city. It offers three programs in photography. Specifically, it offers students one photography certificate, one bachelor's level degree in photography, and one degree at the master's level in photography. 611 students seek degrees in 27 programs at SFAI, overall. In terms of programs, this specialized school is the third biggest institution in the state of California offering photography.

7. El Camino College - Compton Center

1111 East Artesia Blvd.
Compton, CA 90221-5393
(310) 900-1600

El Camino College-Compton Center is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1927. This school, which is near the heart of downtown, is in Compton, CA. This school offers students 49 certificates and 14 degrees at the associates level. In 2010, 8,729 students sought degrees from the 55 programs at this school. It offers subjects including legal assisting and cosmetology. This vocational school is one of 163 public post-secondary institutions in California.

8. Brooks Institute

1321 Alameda Padre Serra
Santa Barbara, CA 93108
(805) 966-3888

Brooks Institute, which is near the center of the city, is located in Santa Barbara, CA. Brooks offers four photography programs. Out of those, this school offers one certificate in photography to students, two photography degrees at the bachelor's level, and one photography degree at the master's level.

9. Santa Ana College

1530 W. 17th Street
Santa Ana, CA 92706-3398
(714) 564-6000

Santa Ana College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1915. This college, which is near the center of the city, is located in Santa Ana, CA. This college is the 13th biggest institution in the state of California. This community college offers 78 certificates and 71 degrees at the associates level to students. 31,377 students sought degrees from the 85 programs at this big college in 2010. It offers subjects such as graphic design and chemistry. This college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

10. West Valley College

14000 Fruitvale Ave
Saratoga, CA 95070-5698
(408) 867-2200

West Valley College is located in the suburbs of Saratoga, California. It offers two photography programs. Out of those, this large college offers students one certificate in photography and one degree at the associate's level in photography. It is a public 2-year institution.

11. The California College of the Arts

5212 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94618-1487
(510) 594-3600

The California College of the Arts offers two programs in photography. More specifically, it offers students one photography degree at the bachelor's level and one master's level degree in photography. This college, which is 2.4 miles from the center of the city, is in Oakland, CA. CCA is one of 14 art colleges in California. It is the third oldest institution in the state of California offering programs in photography.

12. Academy of Art University

79 New Montgomery
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 274-2200

Academy of Art University, which is 1.3 miles from the center of the city, is in San Francisco, CA. This school offers three programs in photography. Of those, students are offered one associate's level degree in photography by this specialized school, one bachelor's level photography degree, and one degree at the master's level in photography.

13. Rio Hondo College

3600 Workman Mill Rd
Whittier, CA 90601-1616
(562) 692-0921

Rio Hondo College offers two photography programs. Out of those, students are offered one certificate in photography by this school and one photography degree at the associate's level. It is in the suburbs of Whittier, California. Overall, 22,457 students pursue degrees in 75 Rio Hondo College programs.

14. Glendale Community College

1500 N Verdugo Rd
Glendale, CA 91208-2894
(818) 240-1000

Glendale Community College offers two programs in photography. More specifically, students are offered one photography certificate by it and one associate's level degree in photography. This college is near the center of the city. Overall, 16,871 students pursue degrees in 127 programs at this college.

15. The College of the Canyons

26455 Rockwell Canyon Rd
Santa Clarita, CA 91355-1899
(661) 259-7800

The College of the Canyons is located in the suburbs of Santa Clarita, California. This school offers two photography programs. More specifically, this school offers one photography certificate to students and one photography degree at the associate's level. This school is one of 163 public post-secondary institutions in California.

16. Grossmont College

8800 Grossmont College Dr
El Cajon, CA 92020-1799
(619) 644-7000

Grossmont College is in the suburbs of El Cajon, California. It offers two photography programs. Out of those, students are offered one certificate in photography by it and one associate's level degree in photography. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

17. Monterey Peninsula College

980 Fremont St
Monterey, CA 93940-4799
(831) 646-4000

Monterey Peninsula College is in the suburbs of Monterey, California. This college offers two programs in photography. More specifically, students are offered one photography certificate by this college and one associate's level degree in photography. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

18. Fresno City College

1101 E. University Ave
Fresno, CA 93741
(559) 442-4600

Fresno City College offers one program in photography and this college is 1.9 miles from the heart of downtown. It is a public 2-year institution.

19. City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Ave
San Francisco, CA 94112-1898
(415) 239-3000

City College of San Francisco is near the center of the city. It offers two programs in photography. Of those, it offers students one photography certificate and one photography degree at the associate's level. Overall, 32,966 students seek degrees in 154 programs at this college.

20. Ventura College

4667 Telegraph Rd
Ventura, CA 93003-3872
(805) 654-6400

Ventura College is in the center of Ventura. It offers two photography programs. Out of those, this college offers one photography certificate to students and one photography degree at the associate's level. 13,711 students pursue degrees in 97 programs at this college, overall.

21. The El Camino Community College District

16007 Crenshaw Blvd
Torrance, CA 90506
(310) 532-3670

The El Camino Community College District offers one program in photography and it is in the suburbs of Torrance, California. 24,756 students pursue degrees in 157 El Camino Community College District programs, overall. This college is the sixth largest institution in the state of California offering photography.

22. The College of San Mateo

1700 W Hillsdale Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402-3784
(650) 574-6161

The College of San Mateo is 2.2 miles from the center of the city. It offers two programs in photography. Specifically, it offers students one photography certificate and one associate's level degree in photography. Overall, 10,288 students seek degrees in 134 programs at this community college. This college is the tenth oldest institution in the state of California offering photography programs.

23. Merced College

3600 M St
Merced, CA 95348-2898
(209) 384-6000

Merced College, which is very close to Merced, California, is in a rural area. It offers two programs in photography. Of those, students are offered one photography certificate by this college and one photography degree at the associate's level. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

24. Citrus College

1000 W Foothill Blvd
Glendora, CA 91741-1899
(626) 963-0323

Founded in 1915, Citrus College is a public 2-year institution. It is located in the suburbs of Glendora, California. This community college offers subjects including allied health and sound engineering. Students are offered 40 certificates and 29 degrees at the associates level by it. 12,386 students pursued degrees from the 40 programs at this public college in 2010. This community college is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. This college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

25. Orange Coast College

2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(714) 432-5072

Orange Coast College, which is 2.3 miles from the center of the city, is located in Costa Mesa, CA. It offers two photography programs. Specifically, it offers students one photography certificate and one associate's level degree in photography. This community college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

26. American River College

4700 College Oak Dr
Sacramento, CA 95841-4286
(916) 484-8011

American River College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1955. This college is in the suburbs of Sacramento, California. This community college is the ninth largest institution in the state of California. This college offers subjects such as real estate, liberal arts, and web design. Students are offered 89 certificates and 76 degrees at the associates level by it. In 2010, 33,440 students pursued degrees from the 89 programs at this college. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accredits this college. This community college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

27. Modesto Junior College

435 College Ave
Modesto, CA 95350-5800
(209) 575-6550

Modesto Junior College is 1.1 miles from the center of the city. It offers two programs in photography. Specifically, students are offered one certificate in photography by it and one associate's level photography degree. This school is a public 2-year institution. It is the eighth oldest institution in the state of California offering photography programs.

28. Southwestern College

900 Otay Lakes Rd
Chula Vista, CA 91910-7299
(619) 482-6550

Southwestern College is in the suburbs of Chula Vista, California. This college offers two programs in photography. Specifically, it offers students one certificate in photography and one photography degree at the associate's level. It is a public 2-year institution.

29. De Anza College

21250 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014
(408) 864-5678

De Anza College, which is near the heart of downtown, is in Cupertino, CA. This college offers two photography programs. Specifically, this college offers one certificate in photography to students and one associate's level degree in photography. It is a public 2-year institution.

30. Pacific Union College

One Angwin Ave
Angwin, CA 94508-9707
(707) 965-6313

Pacific Union College is located in Angwin, California, where students can enjoy a rural setting. PUC offers two programs in photography. Specifically, PUC offers one associate's level degree in photography to students and one bachelor's level degree in photography. It is one of 26 liberal arts colleges in California. This liberal arts college is the second oldest institution in the state of California offering photography programs.

31. Cabrillo College

6500 Soquel Dr
Aptos, CA 95003
(831) 479-6100

Cabrillo College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1959. This college is located in the suburbs of Aptos, California. This college offers subjects including advanced nursing, radiology technology, and chemistry. It offers students 64 certificates and 61 degrees at the associates level. 15,387 students pursued degrees from the 70 programs at this college in 2010. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accredits it. This community college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

32. Cerritos College

11110 Alondra Blvd
Norwalk, CA 90650-6298
(562) 860-2451

Cerritos College is in the suburbs of Norwalk, California. It offers two photography programs. Out of those, this community college offers one photography certificate to students and one associate's level degree in photography. This community college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

33. The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District

1499 N. State S.
San Jacinto, CA 92583-2399
(951) 487-6752

The Mt. San Jacinto Community College District is in the suburbs of San Jacinto, California. It offers two programs in photography. More specifically, students are offered one photography certificate by it and one associate's level degree in photography. 16,108 students pursue degrees in 89 Mt. San Jacinto Community College District programs, overall.

34. Saddleback College

28000 Marguerite Pky
Mission Viejo, CA 92692-3635
(949) 582-4500

Saddleback College is in the suburbs of Mission Viejo, California. It offers two programs in photography. Of those, it offers one photography certificate to students and one associate's level degree in photography. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

35. Barstow Community College

2700 Barstow Road
Barstow, CA 92311
(760) 252-2411

Barstow Community College is a public 2-year institution. It is located in Barstow, California, where students can enjoy a rural setting. It offers students 23 certificates and 22 degrees at the associates level. 2,757 students sought degrees from the 23 programs at this community college in 2010. This mid-sized college offers subjects including EMT, cosmetology, and nursing assisting. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accredits this community college. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.

36. Irvine Valley College

5500 Irvine Center Drive
Irvine, CA 92618-0301
(949) 451-5100

Irvine Valley College is near the center of the city. It offers two programs in photography. Out of those, students are offered one certificate in photography by this public college and one photography degree at the associate's level. This community college is a public 2-year institution.

37. Butte College

3536 Butte Campus Drive
Oroville, CA 95965-8399
(530) 895-2511

Butte College offers two programs in photography. Out of those, this college offers students one photography certificate and one degree at the associate's level in photography. This college is in Oroville, California, where students can enjoy a rural setting. Overall, 13,293 students pursue degrees in 122 programs at this college.

38. San Jose City College

2100 Moorpark Ave
San Jose, CA 95128-2798
(408) 298-2181

San Jose City College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1921. This college, which is 2.5 miles from the heart of downtown, is located in San Jose, CA. It offers 48 certificates and 46 degrees at the associates level to students. In 2010, 11,120 students sought degrees from the 48 programs at this public college. It offers subjects including criminal justice, communications, and web development. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accredits it. This college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

39. Foothill College

12345 El Monte Rd
Los Altos Hills, CA 94022
(650) 949-7777

Foothill College offers two photography programs. Out of those, this school offers students one photography certificate and one associate's level photography degree. It is in the suburbs of Los Altos Hills, California. It is a public 2-year institution.

40. Cypress College

9200 Valley View
Cypress, CA 90630-5897
(714) 484-7000

Cypress College offers one program in photography and it is located in the suburbs of Cypress, California. Overall, 16,153 students seek degrees in 115 Cypress College programs.

41. California State University - Sacramento

6000 J St
Sacramento, CA 95819-2694
(916) 278-6011

California State University-Sacramento is 3.8 miles from the heart of downtown and Sacramento State offers one program in photography. Overall, 27,033 students seek degrees in 89 programs at this big university. This university is the eighth oldest institution in the state of California offering photography programs.

42. Moorpark College

7075 Campus Rd
Moorpark, CA 93021-1695
(805) 378-1400

Moorpark College offers two photography programs. Out of those, students are offered one certificate in photography by it and one associate's level degree in photography. This school is in the suburbs of Moorpark, California. This public school is one of 163 public post-secondary institutions in California.

43. Cosumnes River College

8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823-5799
(916) 688-7344

Cosumnes River College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1970. This college, which is near the center of the city, is in Sacramento, CA. This community college offers subjects such as information systems and allied health. This community college offers students 74 certificates and 64 degrees at the associates level. In 2010, 15,180 students pursued degrees from the 74 programs at this community college. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges accredits this college. This community college is one of 98 community colleges in California.

44. Santa Rosa Junior College

1501 Mendocino Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401-4395
(707) 527-4011

Santa Rosa Junior College offers one photography program and it is near the center of the city. 24,879 students seek degrees in 178 Santa Rosa Junior College programs, overall. This college is the fifth oldest institution in the state of California offering programs in photography.

45. Hartnell College

411 Central Avenue
Salinas, CA 93901
(831) 755-6700

Hartnell College offers one photography program and this college, which is 0.6 miles from the heart of downtown, is located in Salinas, CA. 9,812 students seek degrees in 82 programs at this college, overall. It is the fourth oldest institution in the state of California offering photography programs.

46. San Joaquin Delta College

5151 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95207
(209) 954-5151

San Joaquin Delta College is a public 2-year institution, founded in 1935. This college, which is near the center of the city, is in Stockton, CA. This large college offers subjects such as science and forensic nursing. It offers students 87 certificates and 63 degrees at the associates level. In 2010, 18,610 students sought degrees from the 88 programs at this community college. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges. It is one of 98 community colleges in California.