Cal Poly Humboldt offers photography students the opportunity to master all aspects of the photographic process–from traditional darkroom black and white photography to color digital imaging.

Beginning level photography courses provide a strong foundation in camera functions, image editing, darkroom skills and digital processes, while simultaneously encouraging the expressive nature of the medium. At the intermediate and advanced levels, students are encouraged to work toward the development of their own personal style while producing a coherent portfolio. Course work includes use of a view camera, studio lighting, the black & white darkroom, mural printing, alternative processes, and digital photography. Throughout the photography curriculum, group critiques and exposure to historic and contemporary photographs enhance the level of discourse in the program.

Our strength lies in studio access. Our facilities include a chemical lab for black and white printing and a lighting studio. The digital lab is equipped with Mac computers and large format Epson printers for color printing. Our labs are open for extended hours for student use in order to provide abundant time for focused study and practice for the serious photographic artist. Students also have access to a variety of photography equipment, including: digital, 35mm and large format cameras, portable lighting kits, and a professionally equipped lighting studio.

Humboldt students educated in an emphasis in photography have gone on to pursue graduate studies and careers as educators, studio assistants, commercial photographers, and artists.