Degree Programs

Photography AAS

66 + Physical Education and College Seminar

This program prepares students for a career in photography. Graduates find employment in a variety of areas, including freelance photography, newspaper and magazine journalism, industrial photography and sales.
Goals & Outcomes
Goal 1 To prepare students for employment in the photographic industry upon completion of the 2-year program Students should be competent in all of the following areas:
  • Black and White film processing and printing competency
  • Color printing and processing competency
  • Digital Photographic technologies including image capture and output
  • Digital software applications
  • Understanding fundamental lighting techniques
  • Large format camera techniques
  • Graduates secure employment in the photographic industry within one year
Goal 2 To prepare students for transfer to a four-year institution
  • Students are accepted at 4-year school
Goal 3 To prepare students to develop the means to effectively communicate through oral, written, and visual methods
  • Students will participate in project critiques demonstrating the ability to discuss both their own work and the work of their peers
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to engage in analytical discourse with the instructor and peers
  • Students must competently and effectively communicate via written or oral exam for testing competencies
  • Students are expected to develop a professional portfolio or exhibition of works for public viewing
Goal 4 To prepare students the opportunity to explore their individualized artistic sensibilities and understanding of historic figures in photography
  • Students will understand the works of numerous masters from various backgrounds and cultures in photography and the Arts
  • Students will research and organize resources to broaden their understanding of the field of Photography
  • Students will produce work that reflects their understanding of cultural diversity
Goal 5 To prepare students to use technology effectively to collect, analyze and display data
  • Students will be able to access electronic sources effectively and efficiently to collect data
  • Students will be able to read and analyze search results and use the information contained in the results to develop effective search strategies
  • Students will successfully complete a major project using personal computer applications
  • Students will be able to safely and competently understand and operate various types of required photographic equipment
  • Students will demonstrate an ability to solve quantitative problems by using through the process of mounting and presenting work
  • Students will understand legal and ethical uses of information and imagery
Goal 6 To prepare students to demonstrate information literacy
  • Students will use traditional and contemporary information technology
  • Students will identify, access, and appropriately use authoritative sources of information
First Semester
1.0
ED100 College Seminar
This course is an opportunity for students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in college. Students learn the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-advisee relationship, develop time management techniques, apply effective study skill techniques, recognize the implications of living in a diverse society, utilize college resources, and explore career and transfer requirements. Collaborative projects are included. Students matriculated in a degree program must take this course in their first term of study. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
EN101 English 1:Composition
This course focuses on several kinds of writing-self-expressive, informative, and argumentative/persuasive, and others. A minimum of five essay compositions are required. The course emphasizes the composition of clear, correct, and effective prose required in a variety of professions and occupations.Prerequisites: The required developmental reading (DS051 Essential Reading & Study Skills, or DS080 Study Reading), or SL115 ESL4: Advanced Reading, and/or writing courses (EN099 Introduction to College English or SL116 ESL4: Advanced Composition) or permission of the instructor or designee. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT101 Photography 1
This course provides an understanding of principles as applied to all phases of photography. It covers instruction in photo optics, camera equipment, film and paper emulsion, photographic chemicals, filters and lens attachments, lighting, composition, and exposure control. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT111 Art Sources
This course introduces the fundamental aspects of creativity, design, and the exploration of art forms as applied to the creation and enhancement of photographic applications. It covers the sources of creativity, design principles, and the understanding and practice of art movements. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT205 History/Photography 1
This course surveys the history of photography, beginning with the camera obscura of the Middle Ages through the beginning of the 20th Century. It emphasizes the artistic intent and purpose of the photographer. See when this course is offered ...
Tier 1 Mathematics
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Second Semester
3.0
EN102 English 2:Idea&Values Lit
This course encourages a deeper understanding of human nature and the human condition through the study of ideas and values expressed in imaginative literature. Emphasis is placed on the use and development of critical thinking and language skills. Library-oriented research is required. Prerequisite: EN101 English 1: Composition or EN106 English 1: Composition and Reading. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT102 Photography 2
This course provides advanced technical skills in photography. Topics include advertising, portrait, and industrial photography. It includes the use of 35mm, 2 1/4, and view cameras. Laboratory procedures such as densitometry, studio lighting, sheet and roll film processing and enlarging are covered. Prerequisite: PT101 Photography 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT105 Publishing Tchnqs for Photo
This course covers the techniques used to reproduce photographs for print production. Reproduction for newspaper, magazine, and bookwork is discussed. Halftones, duotones, and posterizations are produced using the vertical and horizontal process cameras. Darkroom processing and offset prepress procedures are included. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT202 Adv Darkroom Techniques
This course encourages work with experimental photography by exploring and exploiting photographic materials and techniques for creative ends. The mixing of photography with other media is encouraged. Printing processes once popular and now regaining interest are explored. Prerequisites: PT101 Photography 1 or PT126 Basic Photography or PT214 Fine Art Photography 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT206 History/Photography 2
This course focuses on the development of photography in the 20th Century. It explores technological innovations throughout the 20th Century and their impact on photography. It reinforces the premise that photography is a vital means of communication in the field of visual communications. It covers the interdisciplinary nature of 20th Century photography, and how it lends itself well to science, art, and communications. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT207 Digital Photography 1
This course introduces techniques used to create, edit, and manipulate photographs through digital processes. Topics include image capture and input methods, workflow, editing in the digital darkroom, and output techniques for black and white as well as color images. Students operate a DSLR camera, and are introduced to Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. Photographic composition and aesthetics, and their use as a form of visual communication, are emphasized. Prerequisite: PT 101 Photography 1. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Third Semester
4.0
PH112 Science of Light 1
This course introduces the concepts of light and optics. Topics include the historical development of optical instruments, electromagnetic spectrum, lenses and image formation, light-sensitive materials and processes, color filters, Kirlean imaging, and holography. Examples are chosen from a variety of fields, including photography, human vision, and nature. Prerequisite: An appropriate Mathematics Placement test result, or MA045 Basic Math Skills, or MA050 Introductory Mathematics. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT103 Digital Color Photography
This course covers the fundamentals of color photography for those familiar with camera operation and enlarging. Theory and laboratory work are covered as well as instruction in the color head enlarger, filter selection, color photographic processes, chemical mixing, and drum processing of color prints. Film emulsions and exposure characteristics are considered. Prerequisite: PT101 Photography 1 or PT126 Basic Photography or PT214 Fine Art Photography 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT104 Studio Techniques
This course covers the concepts and techniques of advertising and illustrative photography. It emphasizes studio work using view cameras. Topics include the advanced uses of the view camera, lighting techniques and applications, color correction, and studio techniques. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT201 Photojournalism
This course covers newspaper and magazine photography through realistic assignments, critiques, and reference to accepted practices. The work of prominent photojournalists is viewed and discussed. Photographic projects are required, including a photo essay, to demonstrate skill in documenting a subject through photography. Prerequisites: PT101 Photography 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT208 Digital Photography 2
This course is a continuation of PT207 Digital Photography, covering advanced imaging techniques to create digital images. It emphasizes working with software programs, and develops advanced skills in the use of computer-based imagery and digital media. It strikes a balance between the stimulation of creativity and the acquisition of technical knowledge. Prerequisite: PT207 Digital Photography See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...
Fourth Semester
4.0
PH113 Science of Light 2
This course is a continuation of PH112 Science of Light 1 and applies scientific principles to the analysis of the materials and processes of imaging. Topics include the historical development of color theory, color emulsions and their processing, physics of light sources, diffraction, interference, sensitometry, image evaluation, and digital image processing. Prerequisite: PH112 Science of Light 1. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT203 Topics in Photogrphy
This course provides opportunity to expand on the course offerings of the Photography program. Topics change each semester to reflect trends within the medium. Prerequisites: PT102 Photography 2 and PT103 Color Photography. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PT204 Photography Seminar
This course is focused on helping students develop a professional approach to the industry. Projects are customized by inclination and requirements, and a personal direction is encouraged. Key aspects of entering the field, such as portfolio presentation and personal marketing are addressed. Emphasis is placed on refining the student’s portfolio and credentials so that they can confidently take the next step In their personal plans for joining the professional photography industry. Prerequisites: PT104 Studio Techniques and PT202 Advanced Darkroom Procedures. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
PY101 Intro General Psychology
This course introduces the many and varied facets of psychology. Emphasis is on interactions of individuals in their cultural, social, and economic environments as determined by their cognitive, behavioral, and emotional experiences and training. See when this course is offered ...
3.0
GC298 Internship
This course covers work in industrial, educational, and commercial establishments to gain experience in the field. Locations include printers, in-house graphics facilities, magazines and newspapers, colleges, advertising agencies, and design firms. Students work under the supervision of a designated mentor and participate in classroom activities to share experiences. An interview may be required for participation in internships. Prerequisite: Permission from the Dean for Arts and Humanities. See when this course is offered ...
.5 cr
PE Physical Education
A wide variety of credit courses including but not limited to swimming, fitness center, badminton, tennis, golf, bowling and aerobic dance. See when this course is offered ...


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