Professional Photography

Austin Community College’s Professional Photography Program will prepare you for a career of capturing important moments. You’ll have access to expert faculty and the latest digital technology as you learn to master traditional photo composition techniques and essential business skills. This program is award-winning, providing students with tons of hands-on experience.

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Student showcases

Business skill development

7 industry specializations 

Career & Salary Information

Demand for compelling images has never been greater. Photographers with specialized technical skills can go freelance or find work at an advertising agency, media company, or other business.  Explore some careers below. 

Click each title to learn more about important career information such as employment rates, and average salary in our region.

  • Camera and Photographic Equipment Repairers

    Repair and adjust cameras and photographic equipment, including commercial video and motion picture camera equipment.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Photographers

    Photograph people, landscapes, merchandise, or other subjects, using digital or film cameras and equipment. May develop negatives or use computer software to produce finished images and prints. Includes scientific photographers, aerial photographers, and photojournalists.


    Hourly Wage: $


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  • Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

    Perform work involved in developing and processing photographic images from film or digital media. May perform precision tasks such as editing photographic negatives and prints.


    Hourly Wage: $


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Awards & Program Maps

 

Choose the Award Path That’s Right for You

ACC offers stackable credentials. Certificates prepare you for a career change or career advancement and often include credits that count toward associate degrees. Associate degrees further increase your employability and help you build a strong foundation for university transfer. Learn more.

Explore awards in this program and follow program maps to stay on track:

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Advertising Specialization
Digital Retoucher and Colorist Specialization
Editorial and Photojournalism Specialization
Fine Art Specialization
Photo Editor and Researcher Specialization
Portrait and Wedding Specialization
Visual Mixed Media Specialization

Certificate Level 1

Photo and Digital Tech Level 1
Photographic Retouching Level 1

Enhanced Skills Certificate

Architectural Photography
Fashion Photography
Portrait Photography