Dec 04, 2020  
2019-20 Catalog 
2019-20 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photography Option, Visual Fine Arts, A.A.

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Program Design

The Photography Option, Visual Fine Arts associate degree program provides students with a series of courses that introduces fundamental photographic concepts and techniques and the necessary skills to transfer to the institution of their choice or succeed in an entry-level photography position. The cornerstone to the Photography Option is a portfolio that can be used for transfer to a vocational training program, art school or baccalaureate photography program, or for use as part of the job search process.


Students may enroll in this program full or part-time.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Photography Option, Visual Fine Arts degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of terminology, concepts and techniques relating to photography.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use a camera’s creative controls to manifest intent.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency at traditional silver darkroom techniques including 35mm and medium format film processing and printing.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency at digital image capture, editing and output with an emphasis on developing up-to-date Adobe Photoshop skills.
  5. Be able to use a variety of situation-specific natural and studio lighting techniques.
  6. Make informed and meaningful aesthetic decisions, with an emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving.
  7. Develop an appreciation of the many vocational and creative applications of the medium and an understanding of its cultural, historical and contemporary context.
  8. Be able to articulate and explain the decisions made as part of the image production process.
  9. Develop an exhibition-quality portfolio that can be used for transfer to a college or university offering a bachelor’s degree in art and/or photography or for use by those seeking immediate employment in a variety of entry-level positions in the field of photography.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Photography Option Requirements

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60-61


Any 6-hour ART*, DGA*, or GRA* studio course. Recommended studio courses include:


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