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Yellow Wallpaper, installation view of 2011 Photography Scholarship Exhibition at The Arts Gallery, including work by students Iris Brawley, Dianne Smith, Brooke Ragusa, Katherine Simpson, Natalie Grubb, and Alyssa Lancaster

Collin College Photography Department teaches historic and contemporary photographic practices and offers training for students to pursue a career in photography. Introductory and advanced classes in film and digital photography emphasize both commercial and fine art approaches to composition, lighting, design, and style. Students have the option to earn a Certificate - Commercial Photography, AA - Emphasis in Photography, AAS - Commercial Photography Specialization, or 2+2 transfer articulation with Texas A&M University - Commerce or Texas Woman's University. Please see Degree Plans and Course Descriptions for more information.

The Photographic Arts Lab and Digital Photographic Arts Learning Center provide materials and facilities for students to experience equal-opportunity, professional-level access to photo-graphic equipment and processes. Paired with a tightly focused curriculum, students learn how photography impacts social history, become engaged in critical theory, challenged to contribute original research, and empowered to enter the industry with a competitive edge. See our Facilities.

With a team of 3 full-time faculty, 10 associate faculty, a full-time lab manager, and student assistants, the Photography Department hosts a series of events throughout the year, including speakers, workshops, field trips to museums and galleries, portfolio review observations with FotoFest Biennial, group exhibitions, and photo demonstrations with the local Girl Scouts. When classes and homework are over, students can get involved with the Obscura Photo Club to organize various events centered on service learning and community involvement. Competitive department scholarships are offered each semester to promote outstanding student work and support production for an annual exhibition. Learn more about Scholarships.

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