In today's world, communication of thoughts, ideas, events and products is being accomplished more and more with visual images. Photography professionals are needed to create, process and produce the images of tomorrow, and the College of DuPage Photography program is ready to train them.
Graduates of the Photography degree or certificate programs find employment opportunities in many entry-level jobs in the photographic industry, including portraiture, photojournalism, lab processing specialists, studio photographers, photographer's assistants and freelance photographers.
A rapidly growing area of the photographic industry is computer enhancement of photographs as digital images are being used more frequently, especially in commercial applications. Demand for photographers who have skills in this new technology is increasing, and it will continue to do so.
To access a wider variety of job opportunities, some students choose to continue their photographic education with a bachelor's degree. Many take advantage of articulation agreements with Columbia College in Chicago and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, that let them begin training at College of DuPage and complete it at one of these well-respected schools.
The photography teaching facilities at College of DuPage are among the finest in the greater Chicago area. The darkrooms are fully equipped, with separate areas for black-and-white and color photography. Studios, used for portraiture, product and fashion photography, have 2 1/4" x 2 3/4", 4" x 5" and 8" x 10" cameras, as well as electronic flash and tungsten lighting equipment. A high-end Macintosh computer lab, equipped with scanners and printers, is used for digital imaging classes.
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Major Employment Areas
- Photographer's Assistant
- Photographic Lab Technician
- Digital Image Specialist
Please consult a faculty advisor listed below before beginning your coursework.
- Photography, Associate in Applied Science
When planning your coursework, use the Student Planning Worksheet. Degree information and the worksheet can be found on the following files:
- Photography Technology
Information on the certificate listed above can be found on the following file:
Frank Jackowiak - Program Specialist Glenn Hansen Terry Vitacco Liberal Arts Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 270, (630) 942-2317
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 273, (630) 942-3380
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 272, (630) 942-2329
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2047
Frank Jackowiak - Program Specialist
Liberal Arts Division
Photography @ COD
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Wedding and Portrait Photographer Dan Waters gives valuable business advice to COD Photography Students during this one-hour interactive webinar.
"COD offered me an excellent education in addition to helping me acquire an internship and a study abroad experience in Florence, Italy. I felt like I received great one-on-one with both my professors and advisors, in order to personalize an experience that would prepare me for my career."Read Spotlight
“I have been passionate about photography for some years now, thus I decided to take classes and get the most I can from them. The possibility to learn deeply has become a passion for me. College of DuPage is a great place to study and has many resources and qualified staff.”Read Spotlight
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