About the Program

The Photography program provides students with a working knowledge of black-and-white and color photography, and fundamental laboratory and technical skills required for entry-level employment. The curriculum is designed to teach students to become independent professional photographers or to work as technician/photographers for others. Photography is a two-year Associate Degree program.

Career Opportunities

Photography is used in virtually every field in this media-conscious age. Public relations and advertising firms, newspapers, magazines and the fashion industry are among the more traditional employers.

Camera and lab skills also are required for portraiture, wedding and scientific photography. Staff photographers are employed by industrial and architectural firms, hospitals, telecommunication and record companies, galleries and schools, as well as state agencies. Photographers also are needed for aerial surveying for land and/or agricultural development projects.

Working photographers encounter challenges requiring their technical skills and artistic innovation. Jobs involve scheduling photographic assignments for a variety of clients.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the safe use of photographic equipment in the studio and on location.
  • Produce photographic images for a variety of applications including industrial, medical, product display, architectural, portrait, food and fashion modeling.
  • Use computer software to edit and enhance photographic images for a variety of media including magazines, newspapers, brochures, television, and the internet.
  • Produce a selection of photographic images for a professional resume.
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