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At Johnson County Community College, photography courses give you in-depth knowledge of photography using both analog and digital film cameras.

What Will I Learn About Photography?

You will become fluent in visual literacy and learn to compose and capture high 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. Our photography courses introduce you to alternative and experimental processes, as well.

Our program also allows you to 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 will also study 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.

You may also exhibit your work through these outlets:

  • Student Gallery, located on third floor of the Student Center, showcases some of the best work by JCCC student artists.
  • Mind’s Eye is a literary magazine produced yearly that features students’ artistic works.

Art competitions and exhibitions at local, regional, and national levels, such as those sponsored by League for Innovation in the Community College, put your work in front of industry professionals and give your works a wider community audience.

Why JCCC for Photography Courses?

JCCC has outstanding resources for you because you're serious about developing professional-level photography skills.

The 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 4X5 studio monorail camera systems with Manfrotto 3047 tripod
  • i1 Pro color calibration kits
  • Manfrotto tripods
  • Location studio lighting kits and portable flashlight kits

For film development, labs include:

  • Large format Jobo sheet film processing drums
  • Film drying cabinets
  • Sanders LPL 4X5 enlargers
  • Sanders LPL medium format roll film enlargers

You will have opportunities to exhibit your work in the FADS and student galleries. You may also get the chance to exhibit in local and regional galleries as coordinated by the Photography Department. 

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

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

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As a photographer, you could become an artist and create work for galleries and public installations. Studying photography can lead to jobs in advertising, science, portrait photography and photojournalism.

You may also choose to use your skills to become an aerial or commercial photographer. Photography can also lead to jobs as 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 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 one of our creative arts counselors 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. With scholarships available, we hope to encourage students to pursue their dreams at JCCC.

In addition to scholarships, loans and grants can also be obtained. Talk to our financial aid office to learn your options.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.

Scholarships specific to Fine Arts include:

  • James Fennel Fine Arts
  • Kirk Foundation
  • SA Art
  • SA Photography

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