Photography Concentration

Program Competencies for MRTP

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Analyze and describe the component sectors, interrelationships, technology, and the legal and business practices associated with media arts, and apply this understanding to projections for future developments and opportunities.
  • Explain, analyze, and evaluate the media’s power and role in and on today’s society, and the legal and ethical issues that confront communications professionals.
  • Set up and operate photography equipment and explain the working interrelationships of the technical components.
  • Practice oral and written presentation skills unique to the media arts industry.
  • Specify and design media solutions to fulfill identified communications objectives.
  • Work individually and as part of a production team in developing communications projects from initial conception to final completion, while meeting industry-standardized guidelines.
  • Employ media aesthetics to maximize communications effectiveness and create audience interest.
  • Analyze career opportunities and individual strengths, apply effective job search and acquisition skills, and promote their professional skills and services in today’s marketplace.

In addition, students concentrating in Photography shall have proven:

  • A command of the creative and effective use of lenses, apertures, and shutter speeds.
  • Mastery of the techniques for controlling the use of natural and artificial light.
  • An understanding of the different output demands of specific industry segments.
  • The ability to quickly and efficiently capture and initially edit raw and jpeg photos.

Technical Standards for MRTP

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  2. Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  3. Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  4. Distinguish the movement of needles on meters and visual images through a camera lens.
  5. Work as a member of a production team.
  6. Function as a project manager, including decision making and scheduling.
  7. Use appropriate tools/machines/equipment traditionally associated with photography such as cameras and camera supports, lighting equipment and editing stations (with or without accommodations).
  8. Ability to use a computer operating system and follow basic procedures including keyboarding/mouse skills, as well as system commands such as working with directories/folders, and opening/closing applications.

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For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Read and proof printed text from a computer screen, with or without corrective adaptive devices.
  • Compose and focus a digital photograph with or without corrective adaptive devices.
  • Exhibit social skills appropriate to professional interactions.
  • Perceive, interpret, and use graphic images in their entirety from a computer screen.

Photography-Professional Certificate (PHO)

This is a program that concentrates on the necessary skills for students to enter the field of professional digital photography. Today‘s photographer is artistic, technically and technologically skilled, as well as business savvy. Photography-Professional Certificate holders can explore careers in studio/portrait photography, commercial photography, photojournalism, and digital imaging. They may also continue their education to obtain an associate‘s degree.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
PHO 115Introduction To Digital Photography (Formerly BCT115) 3
PHO 240Portrait Photography (Formerly BCT240) 3
GID 177Designing Business Graphics (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 107) 13
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
Spring
PHO 215 or 216Advanced Digital Photography (Formerly BCT215) (or Photojournalism) 3
PHO 245Commercial Photography (Formerly BCT245) 3
PHO 250Digital Photography Workflow 3
MKT 142Marketing 3
 Total Credits: 27
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GID 104 Digital Imaging (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 104) may be substituted

Campus/format

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Helpful hints

Students should have a computer with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements at home with Internet access. Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students must have a digital camera with complete manual focus and exposure control (preferably a digital SLR). Students should also have a tripod.

Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career options

For career options, please click here.

Potential earnings

$30,000 and above. (Earnings vary by location and target market size).

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

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New: Photography Concentration (MRTP)

A Degree in Media and Arts Technology

This is a program that concentrates on the necessary skills for students to enter the field of professional digital photography. Today’s photographer is artistic, technically and technologically skilled, as well as business savvy. Photography Concentration degree holders can explore careers in studio/portrait photography, commercial photography, photojournalism, and digital imaging.

Year 1
FallCredits
ENG 101English Composition I 3
MRT 105Introduction To Mass Media (Formerly BCT 105) 3
PHO 115Introduction To Digital Photography (Formerly BCT115) 3
GID 177Designing Business Graphics (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 107) 3
MAT 126Topics In Mathematics (or higher) 4
Spring
PHO 215 or 216Advanced Digital Photography (Formerly BCT215) (or Photojournalism) 3
PHO 245Commercial Photography (Formerly BCT245) 3
ENG 102English Composition II 3
MRT 208 or ENG 241Scriptwriting (Formerly BCT 208) (or Journalism I: Media Writing) 3
CIS 127Computer Technologies 3
Year 2
Fall
ENG 245 or ART 263Film Appreciation (or Drawing I) 3
PHO 240Portrait Photography (Formerly BCT240) 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
MGT 110Small Business Management 3
Non-behavioral Social Science Elective 2 3
Spring
MRT 214Media Arts & Technology Operations And Management (Capstone)(Formerly BCT 214) 3
PHO 250Digital Photography Workflow 3
MKT 142Marketing 3
Lab Science Elective 3 4
Behavioral Social Science Elective 4 3
Health Elective (see list below)  2-4
 Total Credits: 64-66
1

GID 104 Digital Imaging (Photoshop) (Formerly CGD 104) may be substituted

2

Non-behavioral Social Science Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC

3

Lab Science Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY

4

Behavioral Social Science Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC

Health Electives

Credits
BIO 101Introduction To Nutrition (formerly NUT101)3
BIO 103Human Health And Disease3
BIO 112Biology Of Cancer3
BIO 230Nutrition, Health, And Sustainability3
CHC 101Complementary Health Care3
CHC 102Foundations of Yoga3
CHC 108Transforming Stress3
CHC 220Mind-Body-Spirit Connection3
EXS 102Principles Of Anatomy And Kinesiology3
EXS 201Exercise Science And Nutrition4
PER 126Fitness And Wellness2
PER 127Weight Management through Walking and Resistance Training2
PER 130Health, Fitness, And Wellness3

See the photography general information for program competencies and technical standards.

Campus/format

Click here for information on the campus/format.

Helpful hints

Students should have a computer with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements at home with Internet access. Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students must have a digital camera with complete manual focus and exposure control (preferably a digital SLR). Students should also have a tripod. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career Options

For career options, please click here.

Potential earnings

$30,000 and above. (Earnings vary by location and target market size).

Courses

PHO 115. Introduction To Digital Photography (Formerly BCT115). 3 Credits.

This introductory course covers the technical and artistic aspects of capturing and editing digital images. Students will learn how to create artistic images for print and for the World Wide Web. Emphasis is placed on the camera and how to use it, lighting, electronic capture and manipulation techniques, and photographic composition. A digital camera (at least 5mp) is required. One that can be manually controlled is preferred. Prerequisite: Basic computer skills are required: Ability to use a computer operating system and follow basic procedures including keyboarding/mouse skills, as well as system commands such as working with directories/folders, and opening/closing applications.

PHO 215. Advanced Digital Photography (Formerly BCT215). 3 Credits.

This course is designed to go beyond the basic skills learned in PHO 115 Intro to Digital Photography. It is designed to allow students to reach a new level of artistic achievement. Students will learn to maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses of this medium. The course incorporates use of the latest tools and techniques of digital capture and manipulation. It also uses some traditional film techniques that are modified slightly to apply to a digital environment. A digital camera (at least 5mp) with manual exposure and focus control is required. A tripod is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: PHO 115.

PHO 216. Photojournalism. 3 Credits.

This course helps the student build upon the basic skills learned in PHO 115 Intro to Digital Photography. The student will learn how to take accurate and artistic photos for news reporting purposes. Outputting for print, web and electronic devices will be covered. Ethical practices in capture and editing will be stressed. Prerequisite: PHO 115.

PHO 225. Introduction To Film Photography (Formerly BCT225). 3 Credits.

There is nothing that can compare with the elegance of a hand-printed black and white photograph. This introductory course covers the technical and artistic aspects of capturing and printing creative photographs. Topics including lighting, composition, exposure, contrast, printing, and developing will be covered. This is photography in its purest form. Students will need a 35mm camera with manual exposure and focus controls. They will be required to purchase film and photographic paper. A tripod is strongly recommended. Prerequisites: ENG 098, FYE 101, RDG 098, or placement. Fall.

PHO 226. Advanced Film Photography (Formerly BCT226). 3 Credits.

Long before the advent of computer manipulation, photographers were creating masterpieces using alternative methods of capture and printing. These low-tech methods yielded wonderful, creative results that often cannot be duplicated by high-tech means. Topics include, but are not limited to, alternative lighting, alternative means of capture and printing, using overlays and filters, toning and hand coloring, and Polaroid transfers. Students should have a 35mm camera with manual exposure and focus controls. They will be required to purchase film and photographic paper. A tripod is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: PHO 225. Spring.

PHO 240. Portrait Photography (Formerly BCT240). 3 Credits.

The art of photographing people is explored. Lighting, posing, and composition are covered. Various styles of portraiture are introduced. These include corporate portraits, casual and personality portraits, wedding portraits, as well as more avant-garde styles such as film noire. Studio, location, and natural lighting will be used. Color balancing and facial retouching will be covered. A digital camera (at least 5mp) with manual exposure and focus control is required. A tripod is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: PHO 115 or co-requisite. Fall.

PHO 245. Commercial Photography (Formerly BCT245). 3 Credits.

Some of the world's most artistic photos are made for the purpose of advertising. This exciting area of photography will be explored. In addition to small product and catalogue photography, this course explores the more complex and creative photographs used for various publication covers, web and magazine ads, and trade show displays. Advanced digital editing and manipulation will be discussed. Estimating and billing will also be covered. A digital camera (at least 5mp) with manual exposure and focus control is required. A tripod is strongly recommended. Prerequisite: PHO 115. Spring.

PHO 250. Digital Photography Workflow. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to enable students to complete the transition from capturing digital images to delivering the finished product to the customer. Students will learn to quickly and efficiently edit digitally captured images. Appropriate finished products for the different segments of the industry will be covered. Business and image responsibilities and ethics will be discussed. Storing and organizing your images is another important topic. Prerequisite: PHO 240. Spring.