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While anyone can take a picture, photographers harness the science and technology of this expressive medium.
Photography of a model laying horizontally on a patterned blanket

Dia Jade

Photography of a model standing in a movie theater in a denim outfit

Brendan Brooks

The Photography program at CCS blends traditional techniques and digital training—including video and motion graphics—to help students thrive in the constantly changing world of photography. Ample studio space creates a home for honing fine art skills; training in commercial settings—from events to fashion shoots to fine art images—fosters flexibility and creativity.

Students develop a unique photographic style through a combination of refined fine art skills and applied commercial studio training, which provides flexibility in the thought process and helps prepare them to deal with the constantly changing photographic field.



Architectural Photographer
Art/Photography Educator
Commercial Photographer
Content Creation Specialist
Digital Retoucher
Documentary Photographer
Fashion Photographer
Fine Art Photographer

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Forensic Photographer
Freelance Photographer
Graduate School
Image Buyer
Image Collection Manager
Image Stylist
Ophthalmic Photographer
Portrait Photographer
Sports Photographer
Studio Photographer
Visual Media Specialist

Studios, darkrooms, cameras (including 360˚), lighting equipment, green room, digital labs and printers — we have it all. And CCS is unique in the amount of studio space we provide to photography students.

Featured Alumni


Rachel Elise Thomas

Documentary Photographer


Jennifer Bondy



Michael Simari

Staff Photographer
Car & Driver


Micaela Ruiz

Senior Photographer


Patrick C. Daly

Advertising and Editorial Photographer
Patrick Daly Photography


Ashlee Rezin Garcia

Chicago Sun Times


Paige Campbell

Junior Photographer


Rachel Elise Thomas

Freelance Editorial Artist & Photographer

In The News

Greg Shamus (Photography ’93)

Greg Shamus (Photography ’93)

For Gregory Shamus, anything is possible. From weeknights spent in the darkroom at CCS to Sundays spent on the ground at Ford Field, his story is one of determination and grit.