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2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 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


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:  www.ct.edu/ctstate/academics.

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


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