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The Photography Technology degree is designed to provide students with a broad working knowledge of the history, art, and techniques of photography. Students will learn both the foundational analog and digital skills needed to produce, compose, light, edit, print, and archive high quality images. This degree requires 64-69 credits in program requirements, program electives, and general education in the courses listed below.

For more information about Photography, please visit the program page.

Degree Requirements

Field of Study Code: PHOTO.AAS.TECH

Program Requirements
PHOTO 1101Foundations of Digital Photography3-4
or PHOTO 1103
PHOTO 1606
Digital Photography
and Digital Photographic Printing Workshop
PHOTO 1102Foundations of Film Photography3
PHOTO 1105History of Photography3
PHOTO 1200Photographic Composition, Color, and Concept 3
PHOTO 1201Tools and Techniques for Digital Photography3
PHOTO 1300Studio Photography 13
PHOTO 1402Introduction to Video for Photographers3
PHOTO 2700Professional Photographic Practices3
PHOTO 2750Portfolio Presentation3
Emphasis Requirements
Select three of the following 19
PHOTO 2002Product Photography
PHOTO 2004Fashion and Commercial Photography on Location
PHOTO 2006Studio Fashion and Commercial Portraiture Photography
PHOTO 2008Wedding and Family Portraiture
PHOTO 2010Food Photography
PHOTO 2012Architectural Photography
PHOTO 2100Extended Photographic Project
PHOTO 2282Time Based Media II
PHOTO 2300Studio Photography 2
Program Electives
Select 10 credits from PHOTO courses 110
General Education
Select 18 to 22 credits 118 - 22
Total Credits64-69

In addition to the course listed above. 

General Education Requirements

For general education requirements for the A.A.S. degree, please visit the A.A.S. degree catalog page.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredits
PHOTO 1101
Foundations of Digital Photography
or Digital Photography
PHOTO 1102 Foundations of Film Photography 3
PHOTO 1105 History of Photography 3
Program Elective 3
Gen Ed 3
Second Semester
PHOTO 1200 Photographic Composition, Color, and Concept 3
PHOTO 1201 Tools and Techniques for Digital Photography 3
PHOTO 1300 Studio Photography 1 3
Gen Ed 3
Gen Ed 3
PHOTO 1606 Digital Photographic Printing Workshop 1 1
Summer Semester
Program Elective 1
Gen Ed 3
Program Emphasis Course 3
Third Semester
PHOTO 1402 Introduction to Video for Photographers 3
Program Emphasis Course 3
Program Elective 3
Program Elective 3
Gen Ed 3
Fourth Semester
PHOTO 2700 Professional Photographic Practices 3
PHOTO 2750 Portfolio Presentation 3
Program Emphasis Course 3
Gen Ed 3
 Total Credits65

Students who take PHOTO 1103 Digital Photography are required to also take PHOTO 1606 Digital Photographic Printing Workshop before or concurrently with PHOTO 1200 Photographic Composition, Color, and Concept.

Program Milestones

First Semester

  • Consider joining or visiting with a professional, cultural, or interest-based Student Club.

Second Semester

  • If you have not done so yet this semester, it is important to make an appointment with a Faculty or Program Advisor to discuss your future academic progress.