Commercial Photography

Career Pathway

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Start prepping NOW for your dream job or work-anywhere trade skills!

Build a Strong Foundation in the Photography Industry…and More

Do you have a passion for photography? Are you interested in improving your skills and exploring how to turn photography into a career? The Commercial Photography Pathway at Buena High School gives students an inside look into a career in photography, while also preparing them for college. Students will learn professional, creative, and technical skills – including how to successfully photograph people, places, and products. This pathway helps students interested in commercial photography develop their skills, talents, and creativity through both coursework and work-based learning.

What You'll Learn

From 9th grade upward, enroll in A-G approved courses to start preparing for your career in the photography industry. Classes include:

  • CTE Concentrator Commercial Photography
  • CTE Capstone Commercial Photography

What You’ll Do

Take what you’re learning in the classroom into the real world and experience for yourself all that awaits you in the photography industry. Immersive and insightful experiences include:

  • Develop skills using professional DSLR and mirrorless cameras
  • Learn Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom
  • Classroom projects and opportunities for real world internships with a professional mentor

Who You Can Be

Kickstart your career path with top-tier academic instruction and industry-leader insights. The Commercial Photography Pathway prepares you for potential careers such as:

  • Professional Photographers Assistant
  • Self-employed Commercial Photographer
  • Corporate Photographer
  • Digital Media Artist
  • Photo Editor
  • Graphic Artist
  • Web Designer

Industry Average Wages: $35,000 - $80,000+/Year

Projected Industry Growth: 5%-9%

What You Need to Know

VUSD’s Commercial Photography CTE pathway provides students with the academic and technical skills needed to be successful in the visual and commercial art industry. Students will apply their learning through the creation of photographic works that address various subsets within Commercial Photography. Students will learn about the demands of a career in this industry, and how to develop the skills to meet these demands. Throughout the courses, students will be detailing their creative journey and research through keeping a visual journal (physical or virtual) and will complete projects including a portfolio, website, and resume. The Commercial Photography pathway is based at Buena High School and students will emerge with enhanced skills, insight, and confidence.

College Credits

Get a jump start on your college future by earning college credits and valuable real-world skills you can use for college and career.

2 Year

AA Photography - Ventura College

4 Year

BA Studio Art - CSU Channel Islands