With a foundation in the principles of visual design, composition and art history, students develop technical skills in capturing, developing and printing the photographic image, exploring the manipulation of light to create images.
Completion Award
Associate in Fine Arts
Length of Study
110 Credits
Starting Quarter
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
On Campus

  1. Develop and apply perceptual skills and knowledge of visual structure in the creation of photographic images
  2. Develop and apply skills in creative and technical processes to develop foundation skills as well as individual artistic point of view and expression
  3. Use and apply the language and vocabulary of photography and visual design in critiques and discussion
  4. Develop a portfolio of photographic images communicating foundations skills and individual artistic direction
In addition to the outcomes above, students will gain the skills and knowledge included in Shoreline Student Learning Outcomes (SSLOs): Communication, Critical Thinking, Equity & Social Justice, Information Literacy, and Quantitative & Symbolic Reasoning.

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Graduates of Photography programs develop the knowledge and technical skills to work as professional photographers in a variety of careers, including: photojournalism, exhibiting artists, freelance artists, advertising, marketing and sales, public relations, photo conservation and publishing.

Potential employers include: Photography studios, newspapers, magazines and publishing companies, galleries, arts and humanities organization, historical societies, public and private schools, colleges and universities, business and industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

Estimated Tuition & Fees

(does not include additional program or course fees, books, or supply costs)

Per Quarter
WA-Resident Non-WA resident,
US citizen, &
Eligible non-citizen

On Campus
Non-WA resident
Non-US citizen¹
Non-WA resident, US citizen
Online Only
1 credit $145.17  $245.71  $339.54 $162.51
5 credits $673.85  $1,176.57  $1,645.70  $760.55
12 credits (full-time) $1,462.52  $2,476.40 $3,422.10  $1,637.76
15 credits $1,641.05 $2,667.59  $3,624.45 $1,819.05

¹ Includes all International Students, both on campus and overseas online

Additional Program Fees
Approximately $50 - $150 per quarter, depending on courses selected

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