About the Department

The Photography Department offers exceptional instruction in beginning, intermediate, and advanced photography.  The department maintains a fully operating wet darkroom and professionally equipped digital labs.  Visual communication and principles of image control and craft are essential components of all the photography classes.  Students develop the technical, critical and practical skills required to succeed in this constantly challenging and changing medium.  The photography department has one of the best-equipped and largest facilities in the Bay Area.  Students are given the opportunity to apply new skills to real and simulated situations found in photographic careers.
Photography students produce technically and aesthetically accomplished imagery.  Students have graduated De Anza to enter careers in advertising, editorial work, photo illustration, fashion, architecture, and product photography.  Fine art and documentary photography are integral parts of the program.
An Associate of Arts degree in Photographic Arts or Professional Photography are offered as well as a Certificate of Achievement in Professional Photography.  These programs produce photographers that are highly employable team members in an expanding multimedia work force.

The Photography Department offers many classes including General Education (GE) courses, which are transferable to all CSU and UC campuses.


Daniel Smith
Dean of Creative Arts



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