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The Digital Photography program has been created to satisfy the growing need for qualified digital photographers by providing graduates the benefits of a comprehensive college education while building a strong foundation in digital design, marketing, communications and Web design. This multi-disciplinary approach reflects the needs of the professional digital photography industry. The digital evolution has lowered the barriers to professional entry allowing many new people in related fields to pursue the craft of digital photography.

Graduates of this program will be prepared for careers in a variety of digital photography, digital services and imaging-related fields, be able to pursue self-employment options, or be prepared to continue their education at a four-year institution. The majority of the digital photography curriculum will revolve around digital capture, digital workflow, and digital image management. Students will develop a balance of technical and aesthetic skills that relate to digital photography, equipment, and related software that is complemented by coursework in digital design, website design, interactive video/audio, and marketing/branding on the Web.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Digital Photography the graduate will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles associated with the craft, scholarly theory, and profession of digital photography.
  • Recognize, evaluate, combine and utilize all appropriate skills and techniques of digital photography in relation to digital capture, digital equipment imaging needs, and digital workflow management.
  • Describe how digital photography is utilized in local and regional career applications and processes.
  • Demonstrate appropriate digital image-editing software and computer skills that directly support digital photography editing/ enhancement and post-production  workflow techniques.
  •  Demonstrate aesthetic and technical problem-solving skills to determine the best visual solutions for different assignments and situations.
  • Demonstrate self-management, life-management and interpersonal skills.

Students will need to own class-specific equipment to pursue this degree. For example, FOTO 1100 requires a student-provided, film- based SLR camera with manual exposure control. A digital point and shoot camera with a minimum of 10 meg. capture is required for FOTO 1140 and any other 1000 level FOTO course requiring a digital camera (phone cameras are not allowed). A digital SLR (DSLR) with a minimum of 12 meg. capture will be needed for FOTO 1990 and beyond. FOTO 1250 Night Photography requires a tripod. FOTO 2600 will require an external flash and other light modifiers. These are examples of the specific assets needed by students for each photography class. Large format film cameras will be provided for in-class projects and use in FOTO 2500. Check with the photography advisor to discuss specific course needs and options.

The Photography Certificates are designed to prepare and enrich student skill sets in specific areas of study from film to digital capture to Photoshop post-production techniques. These certificates range in outcomes from enriching industry specific knowledge in a core area to preparing students for employment as photography assistants in the photography industry. These certificate programs focus on the development of skills and competencies in the use of traditional and/or digital cameras software for the photography industry.

Software and/or Hardware Requirements

Students taking courses in this curriculum may need to own or have access to hardware or software to pursue this degree. This is particularly important for students who are enrolled in online/ distance learning sections of a particular course. Check with the program advisor to discuss specific course needs and options.

Digital Photography Associate Degree

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
FOTO 1100 Black and White Photography 3
FOTO 1140 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
DDG 1100 Introduction to Computer Design 3
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 2 . .
FOTO 1120 Photoshop for Photographers 3
FOTO 1150 Digital Photography and Design 3
IMM 1120 Fundamentals of Interactive Media 4
FOTO 1990 Advanced Digital Photography 3
SBS XXXX Refer to approved GE - SBS list 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Summer Semester . .
NAT XXXX Refer to approved GE - NAT list 4
FOTO 2994 Current Topics in Digital Photography  1 to 3
HUM XXXX Refer to approved GE - HUM list 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8 - 10
Semester 3 . .
FOTO 2120 Advanced Photoshop for Photographers 3
FOTO 2600 Studio & Environmental Portraiture 4
IMM 2620 Website Design/Creation 3
MKTG 1020 Branding 3
FOTO 2500 View Camera 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 4 . .
FOTO 2200 Studio Lighting 3
FOTO 2960 Business of Photography 2
FOTO 2975 Digital Portfolio Development 3
FOTO 2802 Digital Photography Seminar 1
FOTO 2902 Digital Photography Practicum 3
FOTO XXXX Technical Elective 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   . 70-72

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

FOTO 1130 Corel Painter for Photographers 3
FOTO 1170 Digital Panoramic Photography 2
FOTO 1190 Digital Infrared Photography 2
FOTO 1200 Underwater Photography 3
FOTO 1210 HDR Photography 2
FOTO 1250 Night Photography 2
FOTO 1300 Macro & Close-Up Photography 3
FOTO 1780* Photo Lab 1
FOTO 2130 Photoshop for Retouching 3
FOTO 2650 Photojournalism 3
FOTO 2970 FOTO Field Studies  1-4

*Will only count once toward the degree

Students should request a program plan of study from their faculty advisor.

Approved General Education (GE) List

SBS GE-SOCIAL BEHAVORIAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ANTH 2202 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology 3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 2400 Economic and Social Geography 3
POLS 1100 American Government 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3

HUM GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I:   Non-Western/Non-Amer to 1500 3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western/Non-Amer since 1500 3
HIST 2223 African-American History I:  1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II:  1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

NAT GE-NATURAL/PHYSICAL SCIENCES REQUIREMENT (SELECT ONE)

ASTR 1141 Life in the Universe 3
ASTR 1161 The Solar System 3
ASTR 1162 Stars and Galaxies 3
ASTR 1400 Astronomy Laboratory 1
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I 4
BIO 1112 Human Biology 4
BIO 1113 Biological Sciences I 4
BIO 1114 Biological Sciences II 4
BIO 1125 Plant Biology 4
BIO 1127 Environmental Science I 4
BIO 2215 Introduction to Microbiology 4
BIO 2232 Human Physiology 4
CHEM 1100 Chemistry and Society 5
CHEM 1111 Elementary Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1112 Elementary Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1171 General Chemistry I 5
CHEM 1172 General Chemistry II 5
GEOL 1101 Introduction to Earth Science 4
GEOL 1105 Geology and the National Parks 3
GEOL 1121 Physical Geology 4
GEOL 1122 Historical Geology 4
GEOL 1151 Natural Disasters 3
PHYS 1103 World of Energy 3
PHYS 1106 Physics by Inquiry: Properties & Motion 5
PHYS 1200 Algebra-Based Physics I 5
PHYS 1201 Algebra-Based Physics II 5
PHYS 1250 Calculus-Based Physics I 5
PHYS 1251 Calculus-Based Phys II 5

Photoshop for Photographers Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
FOTO 1120 Photoshop for Photographers 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 2 . .
FOTO 2120 Advanced Photoshop for Photographers 3
FOTO 2130 Photoshop for Retouching 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 9

Basic Digital Photography Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
FOTO 1140 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
FOTO 1120 Photoshop for Photographers 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
Semester 2 . .
FOTO 1150 Digital Photography and Design 3
FOTO XXXX Technical Elective 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 12

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

FOTO 1130 Corel Painter for Photographers 3
FOTO 1170 Digital Panoramic Photography 2
FOTO 1190 Digital Infrared Photography 2
FOTO 1200 Underwater Photography 3
FOTO 1210 HDR Photography 2
FOTO 1780 Photo Lab 1
FOTO 2130 Photoshop for Retouching 3
FOTO 2650 Photojournalism 3
FOTO 2970 FOTO Field Studies  1-4

Advanced Digital Photography Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
FOTO 1140 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
FOTO 1120 Photoshop for Photographers 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
Semester 2 . .
FOTO 1150 Digital Photography and Design 3
FOTO 2130 Photoshop for Retouching 3
FOTO 1990 Advanced Digital Photography 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 9
Summer Semester . .
FOTO 2994 Current Topics in Digital Photography  1 - 3
FOTO 2200 Studio Lighting 3
FOTO 2600 Studio & Environmental Portraiture 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8-10
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 23-25

Business of Photography Certificate

FOTO 2960 Business of Photography 2
MKTG 1020 Branding 3
STAT 1350 Elementary Statistics 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 8

Black & White Film Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
FOTO 1100 Black and White Photography 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 2 . .
FOTO 2500 View Camera 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 6