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What will I learn?

This is a rigorous program that will give you in-depth knowledge of photography in both analog and digital film cameras. Our courses are meant to take you to the professional level above and beyond vacation shots and event pics.

You will become fluent in visual literacy and learn to compose and capture superior quality photographs. You will also learn to develop and print photographs for gallery presentation and professional prints.

Using the tools of the profession such as single-lens reflex (SLR) cameras, light meters and studio lighting, you will apply techniques to create images as a medium of fine art. You will become proficient in processing traditional film and digital images, and be introduced to alternative and experimental processes.

Expand your studies to work in professional media and with large format cameras while learning professional techniques for studio work. As you build your skills, you’ll also discuss the ethical and cultural implications of using the medium.

Find inspiration and learn other artistic techniques by taking Fine Arts and Film & Media Studies classes. Fulfill general education requirements and deepen your learning with History of Photography, Desktop Photo Manipulation: PhotoShop, and Photojournalism.

Why JCCC?

Welcome to the world of f-stops, apertures and aspect ratios. We'll help you find the settings that best frame your options.

Labs at JCCC have a plethora of camera kits, lenses and lighting gear including:

  • Several Canon DSLR Kits
  • An assortment of 35mm film (analog) camera systems
  • Hasselblad 501CM camera kits
  • Calumet 4” X 5” studio monorail camera systems with Manfrotto 3047 tripod
  • i1 Pro color calibration kits
  • Manfrotto tripods
  • Location studio lighting kits and portable flash light kits

For film development, labs include:

  • Large format Jobo sheet film processing drums
  • Film drying cabinets
  • Sanders LPL 4” X 5” enlargers
  • Sanders LPL medium format roll film enlargers

Join JCCC’s Community of Visual Professionals (CVP). This student organization encourages artistic expression through group critiques, workshops, attending galleries and more.

Check out the Fine Arts, Photography and Film blog. You’ll get up-to-date happenings and images related to JCCC’s arts programs as well as local announcements in the arts.

Ready to take the next step? Apply now

As a photographer, you could become an artist and create work for galleries and public installations. You could work in advertising, science or portrait photography, or become a photojournalist. You could hone your skills to be an aerial or commercial photographer. Photography can also lead to jobs as an animator, product or fashion photographer, or graphic artist. This program can even act as a steppingstone toward further education and/or experience that can lead to becoming a curator, art critic, gallery manager, art therapist or art instructor.

Many of the liberal arts and fine arts credits you earn at JCCC will transfer to competitive art programs at area four-year schools, including Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas State University, University of Kansas, University of Missouri-Kansas City and Wichita State University. 

Make an appointment with an academic counselor to find out more.


Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

Specific scholarships to Fine Arts are:

  • James Fennel Fine Arts
  • S A Art
  • Kirk Foundation.