Mar 04, 2021  
Catalog 2020-2021 
Catalog 2020-2021

Photography, AAS

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No. Credits:  60
Contact: Stephen Johnson, Chair, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Division

The Photography AAS degree prepares students for a challenging career path that integrates the disciplines of the photographic arts and digital technology. The graduate is prepared to perform a variety of technical photographic functions including working with both digital and film cameras; understanding contemporary studio lighting techniques; editing and outputting images with current software and with traditional materials; managing images with an appropriate workflow; and  maintaining photographic equipment in a professional manner.  Additionally,graduates will receive a strong foundation in the formal elements of design, as well as an understanding of the history of image making in the visual arts.

The maximum number of credits accepted in transfer from other institutions to this program is 45.

Career Opportunities:

portrait photographer, product and industrial photographer, aerial photographer, scientific photographer, architectural photographer, photojournalist, fine arts photographer, wedding photographer

Student Learning Outcomes:

Students will...

  1. Have an understanding of camera operations, both digital and analog.
  2. Be competent with photographic developing and printing processes.
  3. Complete projects that demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental elements of visual communication, with an emphasis on the design elements common to all media.
  4. Assemble, organize, and present a fully developed portfolio of communication materials.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral communication skills when discussing, describing, critiquing, and analyzing works of photography.

Required Courses and Recommended Sequence:

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program. College Prep and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student's individual progress. Course availability within the program sequences is specifically intended for full-time students who begin their course work with the fall semester. Students should always consult their online program evaluation or an academic advisor to better understand typical course availability and individual program planning.

Biological/physical sciences (3 credits)


Social/behavioral sciences (3 credits)

Completion of this course meets the Social/behavioral and Cultural and Global Awareness requirements.


  • See Gen Ed  Listing and select any Social Behavioral Science course from within the Cultural and Global Awareness course list.

Elective (3 credits)

Take 3 credits from any course numbered 1001 or above 

History (3 credits)



* Courses requiring a prerequisite or co-requisite   

****Pending MHEC approval

Course Indicators: English Composition (E), Arts (A), Cultural and Global Awareness (C), Humanities (H), Biological/Physical Sciences (S), Social/Behavioral Sciences (B), Mathematics (M)

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