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Dakota College Photography Program


There is a level of academic content and skill that is required for success in today’s career and technical, formerly known as vocational, careers. Despite the ongoing marketing of Career and Technical Education (CTE), there are many people who are not aware of the impact CTE programs provide, the career opportunities available in the state, and what North Dakota students can do after completing career and technical education and training.  

Photography is just one of the eight career and technical education programs offered through Dakota College at Bottineau.  This unique career and technical program combine classroom instruction with hands-on experience to train students for a rewarding career. Dakota College’s program was developed by Clint Saunders who also teaches courses in the photography program.  This program has grown from an original on-campus program to a full online program, and a hybrid program combining on-campus and online instruction.

There are currently three instructors who all have MFA’s in photography and are nationally and internationally recognized for their photography and teaching.  Along with our highly qualified instructors we have an amazing studio manager, Leslie Ostreim who assists students in the classroom and with practicum to help them gain real world experience in their chosen field.

Students gain knowledge and hands-on experience in a variety of photographic careers including portraiture, advertising, documentary, landscape, and sports. Former graduates have gone on to work in the field as photoshop artists, freelance photographers, lead photographers, studio managers, campus photographers, an internship with Disney Corp, several own their own studios, and some have gone on to further their education.

Clint and his team invite you to visit them on campus or contact them for a virtual tour via email;, phone; 307-702-1368, DCB photography on Facebook, or visit the web site at