Photography at Red Rocks Community College

"The program has been my golden ticket to a good life. The education and real life job experience has built my portfolio to launch my career.” - Chrissy Lampert, 2019 (photography student)

"Getting my photography degree from Red Rocks not only gave me the tools to start my business it also gave me the network to get connected to the photography world.” - Samantha Behrens (Photography AAS 2019)

Degrees and Certificates

Degrees Photography Degrees

Certificates Photography Certificates

Professional Photography Outlook

 The "U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics" and CareerOneStop, states:

  • Colorado's Mean wage in Colorado in 2021 is $50,120 
  • The Top salary for photographers is in the District of Columbia, $84,590
  • The projected percent change in employment from 2020 to 2030 is 17% (average for all occupations is 8%)
  • The projected numeric change in employment from 2020 to 2030 is 18,900
  • 64% of the photography industry is Self-employed photographers
  • Top Industrys in photography:
    • Commercial and industrial photography services 87.98%
    • Convention and meeting photography services1.71%
    • General individual and group portrait photography services 1.53%

What will you do with your photography?

Whether you are just beginning to explore your camera and photography, a hobbyist looking to perfect your skills, or you have dreams of making a career out of photography, the Red Rocks Community College Photography Department has something for you.

Interested in learning more? Have questions about a class or the registration process?
Contact our Department Chair, Paul Weinrauch at 303-914-6615 or email today!

Want to work with the photography and video advisor on registration? Contact Bryce Schneider at

Or start the registration process at Get Started.

Why choose Red Rocks Community College to improve your photography?

  • Personal attention - Many large universities offer courses with hundreds of students. Students have almost no interaction with their professors. At RRCC we offer personal attention to each student to help with planning and success in their education. And you can learn from professors active in the profession.
  • Cost - By completing all or part of your photographic education at RRCC you avoid starting your career with a crushing amount of debt. For what you might pay for a semester at a major university you can nearly obtain an associate degree at RRCC. Even if you are just taking one or two classes, RRCC represents a value that cannot be matched anywhere. One 15-week class costs less than most weekend workshops through other venues.
  • Timeliness - Because our program is small we are able to adapt quickly to ongoing developments in the profession. While major universities may take years to create or alter course curricula, we are able to integrate the latest technology into our program quickly.
  • Equipment - Our computer labs, video and photo gear are state of the art and allow students to pursue their education using equipment that is used in the industry. This makes them competitive from the day they graduate.

What can I do with a degree or certificate from RRCC?

Career Paths / Options in Photography

  • Advertising
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Education
  • Publication
  • Studio Owner
  • Freelancer
  • Studio Manager
  • Studio Assistant


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