Photography Program

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.

Gainful Employment Information

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Major Employment Areas

Photography Program

    • Photographer
    • Photographer's Assistant
    • Photographic Lab Technician
    • Digital Image Specialist

Program Requirements

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:

Course Descriptions

Contact Information

Frank Jackowiak - Program Specialist 
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 270, (630) 942-2317

Glenn Hansen
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 273, (630) 942-3380

Terry Vitacco
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 272, (630) 942-2329

Liberal Arts Division
Berg Instructional Center (BIC), Room 2616, (630) 942-2047

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Photography Program

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Photography Webinar


Wedding and Portrait Photography

Wedding and Portrait Photographer Dan Waters gives valuable business advice to COD Photography Students during this one-hour interactive webinar.

Alumni Spotlight

  • Lauren Vitiello

    Lauren VitielloPhotography

    "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." 

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  • Jennifer Guitian

    Jennifer GuitianPhotography

    “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.”

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  • Brian Powers

    Brian PowersPhotography

    "The Photography program at COD is truly a blessing to the school."

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  • Ben Chernivsky

    Ben ChernivskyPhotography

    "COD ended up being the best place to really play with the higher educational system while actually learning new skills."

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  • Margaret Byrne

    Margaret ByrnePhotography

    “I always knew this is what I wanted to do. I learned so much when I was at COD. The resources are incredible.”

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  • Thomas Doggett

    Thomas DoggettPhotography

    Doggett is a full-time police officer who uses his photographic skills on the job as a crime scene investigator. He earned degrees in both Criminal Justice and Photography at College of DuPage, and his career combines the two.

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  • David Mayhew

    David MayhewPhotography

    "The program for photography was very complete and in-depth, and the class size was 20 per class if not less. So you get that one-on-one attention that you would not get anywhere else."

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  • Helena Kaminski

    Helena KaminskiPhotography

    "The teachers actively participate in the field and provide great insight into a multitude of different photographic applications, in addition to being extremely helpful and encouraging."

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