Associate in Applied Arts in Photography

The A.A.A. in Photography degree prepares students for entry level work in, among others, advertising, editorial and fine arts photography. The program includes digital, black and white film, and non-silver techniques, as well as, conceptual and expressive approaches to using photography as a means of communication. Students develop an understanding of historical, cultural and aesthetic perspectives in photography in addition to learning how to critically analyze an image. The program of study includes an internship component and business courses in order to build practical marketplace skills. Students complete their studies by creating a portfolio of their work of sufficient quality to obtain work in photography and launch a freelance business. Students should select all courses in consultation with an adviser.

NOTE: A.A.A. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Work competently with digital photographic equipment and techniques.
  • Compose, light, stage, capture, modify and print exhibition quality photographs.
  • Analyze photographs for expressive and conceptual content, including composition, meaning, subtext and aesthetic style.
  • Demonstrate professional and entrepreneurial work skills in photo-related industries.

Class Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)

Communications (6 hrs. min.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

SPCH 111         Public Speaking (3)

[or]

SPCH 225         Small Group Communications (3)

[or]

SPCH 235         Intercultural Communication (3)

 

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

BSAD 112         Business Math (3)

[or]

MATH 119       Applications for Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3) or higher

Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (3 hrs.)

BSAD 235         Human Relations in the Work Place (3) (recommended)

[or]

Social/Behavioral Sciences course (3)

Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hrs.)

AHST 205         History of 19th Century Photography (3) (recommended)

AHST 206         History of 20th Century Photography (3) (recommended)

[or]

Humanities and Fine Arts course (6)

The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (24 HRS. MIN.)

Choose from the following:

ARTS 113L      Two-Dimensional Design (3)

[or]

ARTS 125L      Art Practices I (3)

ARTS 280          Business Practices for Designers (3)

ARTS 296          Fine Arts Portfolio Development (3)

ARTS 298          Art and Design Internship (3) (can be taken twice as an elective)

GLRY 161         Gallery Practices (3)

PHOT 111         Digital Photography I (3)

PHOT 140         Photography and Studio Lighting I (3)

PHOT 195         Photographing Artwork (3)

PHOT 210         Digital Photography II (3)

 

RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (3 HRS. MIN.)

MART 180        Photoshop I (3)

 

APPROVED ELECTIVES: (12 HRS. MIN.)

Photography (9 hrs. min.)

Any Arts and Design or Media Arts course outside of photography (3 hrs. min.)

AHST, ARCH, ARTS, BART, CLAY, DANC, DESN, DRAM, DRPT, FASH, GLRY, JEWL, MUSC, PRNT, SCUL, WOOD or MART course.

Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.

  • Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
  • Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)

TOTAL 62 CREDITS MIN.