Associate in Arts in Photography

Photography studies at SFCC include digital, black and white film, and alternative photographic processes, 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. Students complete their general and core studies, as well as, create a portfolio of their work. The program is designed for maximum transferability to 4-year degree programs.

Please speak to an adviser for updated information on 2+2 and other types of articulation agreements with institutions in and out of state and the latest program accreditation information. Students should select all courses in consultation with an adviser. Students must work closely with their transfer institutions and their SFCC advisers to ensure the best transition to four-year schools.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Work competently with a variety of photographic equipment and techniques.
  • Compose, light, stage, capture, modify and print exhibition quality photographs.
  • Describe contemporary and historical perspectives in photography.
  • Analyze photographs for expressive and conceptual content, including composition, meaning, subtext and aesthetic style.
  • Prepare a portfolio appropriate for application to a four-year institution.

Class Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (36 HRS. MIN.)

Communications (9 hrs. min.)

ENGL 111         Composition and Rhetoric (3)

ENGL 112         Composition and Literature (3)

SPCH 111         Public Speaking (3)

[or]

SPCH 220         Interpersonal Communications (3)

[or]

SPCH 225         Small Group Communications (3)

 

 

Mathematics (3 hrs. min.)

MATH 119       Applications for Mathematics for Nonscience Majors (3)

[or]

MATH 121       College Algebra (4) or higher

Laboratory Science (8 hrs. min.)

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 hrs.)

ANTH 112        The Nature of Culture (3) þ (recommended)

PSYC 111         Psychology I (3) (recommended)

[or]

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6)

Humanities and Fine Arts (9 hrs. min.)

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

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

[or]

Humanities and Fine Arts course(9)

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

Health and Wellness (1 hr.)

 

CORE REQUIREMENTS: (15 HRS. MIN.)

Choose from the following

ARTS 296         Fine Arts Portfolio Development (3)

GLRY 161        Gallery Practices (3)

PHOT 111         Digital Photography I (3)

PHOT 120         Black and White Film Photography I (3)

PHOT 130         Alternative  Photographic Processes I (3)

PHOT 210         Digital Photography II (3)

 

RELATED REQUIREMENTS: (3 hrs. min.)

MART 180           Photoshop I (3)

 

APPROVED ELECTIVES: (9 HRS. MIN.)

Photography (6 hrs. min.)

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 courses

 

Six credit hours of the A.A. and 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)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.

TOTAL 63 CREDITS MIN.