Do you love to take pictures of the people, places, or things around you? Turn your love of photography into a career! At ACC, we offer two different photography programs: Commercial Photography (A.A.S.) and Studio Art (A.A.).

What is the Difference between Commercial Photography and Studio Art Photography?

The Commercial Photography Program (PHO) is designed for those who want a career using photography to help sell, advertise or market a product, service, person or persons. In this program, you will focus on developing skills in the areas of studio and location lighting, digital photography, asset management, post-production techniques, and marketing and business practices. With an A.A.S. degree in Commercial Photography, you can begin your career after you graduate from ACC.

The Studio Art Photography program (ART) is geared towards those who want to be fine artists, using photography as their primary medium. You will focus on art and photography history, conceptual thinking, and understanding how your work fits within historical and current practices. You will also explore digital, traditional, alternative photographic processes and mixed media. Once you graduate with your A.A. degree in Studio Art, you will be able to transfer to a four-year college and continue your education or start your career.

Select a program below to learn more.


Do have a passion for taking pictures of the world around you? Then ACC is the place to ignite these passions into employable skills. The Commercial Photography A.A.S. degree offers a solid knowledge base to start your career in a range of photography and imaging-related fields.

While in our Commercial Photography program, you'll learn:

  • Digital and traditional photography
  • How to use professional camera equipment
  • Studio and location lighting techniques
  • Multimedia photo production
  • Image capture and manipulation
  • Digital asset management and workflow
  • Digital printing, publishing and video
  • Business and marketing aspects of commercial photography
  • How to create a portfolio that highlights your personal style with hands-on guidance from your instructors
  • Technical and the aesthetic skills necessary to make compelling images

If you are serious about working in the photography industry, this skills-focused, highly intensive program could be perfect for you. Our courses are taught by expert faculty who have first-hand experience working with top clients and agencies. You'll get to explore the kinds of photography that interest you, such as advertising, architecture, consumer portraiture, editorial, fashion, food, location, product, and sports through electives and portfolio creation.

You'll have access to professional equipment that you can check out for free while you are a student at ACC. Our program will save you time and money, while allowing you to begin your career as soon as you graduate, knowing you have the skills to compete in the field of Commercial Photography.

Once you graduate with your A.A.S., you will be prepared for a career as a:

  • Photographic Assistant
  • Digital Technician
  • Freelance Photographer
  • Staff Photographer

Ready to start your path toward a career in Commercial Photography? Apply today.



Do you love to take photographs? Do you dream of taking photos of some of the most breathtaking, unique, and captivating places and people in the world? If you do, begin your journey at ACC. We'll help you Move Mountains and take amazing pictures of them while you're at it.

Our Studio Art Photography program is designed for you, whether you are a beginner or advanced photographer or a professional. We offer black-and-white, color and digital courses so you can learn basic and advanced skills to take your photography to the next level and beyond. You'll have access to our studio space to hone your skills and practice what you learn in class.

Potential career opportunities include:

  • Exhibiting Artist
  • Gallery Director
  • Art Consultant
  • Photography Editor
  • Photographic Educator
Our Studio Arts photography degree will prepare you to transfer as a junior in standing into several four-year B.F.A. programs.

You will learn how to print your own photos in our large group black-and-white darkroom and individual color darkrooms. Digital classes are taught in the Multimedia Graphic Design computer labs using state-of-the-art computer equipment and software.

Is Studio Art Photography right for you? What are you waiting for? Apply now.


If you have a passion for photography and are interested in making it a career, contact us and we will help you explore your options.