Professional photographers are employed in either portrait photography or commercial photography. Portrait photography creates a likeness and delineation of character in people. Commercial photography concentrates on the photographing of objects in the studio or on location. Digital photography is now being used in both commercial and portrait photography.

The demand for professional photographers has remained high for the last several years. Digital photography in portrait and commercial photography has created new career opportunities for photographers. Many graduates are finding employment as digital imaging specialists.

Graduates usually begin their careers as staff assistants in either a commercial or portrait studio. Commercial photographers must be willing to relocate to a metropolitan area. Portrait photography provides more mobility for employment opportunities since portrait studios are found in almost any size city. Many past graduates own their own studios.

 
Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(15 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
PHOT 1014 Introduction to Photographic Concepts
PHOT 1015 Lightroom
PHOT 1016 Classic Portraiture
PHOT 1017 Introduction to Digital Cameras
PHOT 1024 Photoshop I
PHOT 1027 Advanced Portrait Techniques
PHOT 2032 On-Location Portraiture
PHOT 2033 Wedding Photography
PHOT 2034 Photoshop11
PHOT 2035 Off-Camera Flash Photography
PHOT 2040 Video Production I
PHOT 2041 Basic Photo Business Applications
PHOT 2046 Portrait Portfolio
PHOT 2048 Photography Business Development
PHOT 2049 Seminars
Total Credits: 45  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 46 while the section is listed as having 45 credits.
 
General Education Elective Courses
Take two classes from Goal Area 1 (one English and one Communications).
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 6  
 
General Education Elective Course List
Take any classes from at least two additional goal areas to complete the 15-credit requirement. Students must take classes from at least three of the ten goal areas to meet Minnesota Transfer Curriculum standards.
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 9  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 60