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
(18 Courses)
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
GSWS 1401 Employment Preparation
PHOT 1012 Portrait I
PHOT 1013 Introduction to Digital Cameras
PHOT 1014 Introduction to Photographic Concepts
PHOT 1024 Photoshop I
PHOT 1027 Advanced Portrait Techniques
PHOT 1028 Commercial Photography I
PHOT 2032 On-Location Portraiture
PHOT 2033 Wedding Photography
PHOT 2034 Photoshop II
PHOT 2035 Off-Camera Flash Photography
PHOT 2045 Digital Applications
PHOT 2046 Portrait Portfolio
PHOT 2048 Photography Business Development
PHOT 2049 Seminars
PHOT 2057 Internship
Total Credits: 58  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose one of the following four options for 3 credits.
Course Title Credits
SPCH 220 Public Speaking
SPCH 223 Effective Listening
SPCH 225 Small Group Communication
SPCH 226 Interpersonal Communications
Total Credits: 3  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course Title Credits
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 106 General Social Problems
SOC 107 Marriage and Family Living
Total Credits: 3  
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum
(select 8 credits from the courses below)
See your adviser to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Course Title Credits
ART 104 Survey in Art
ART 106 History of Modern Art
ART 120 Introduction to Art Studio
ART 140 Drawing
ART 230 Two Dimensional Design
ART 231 Three-Dimensional Design and Color
ART 235 Visual Design
THTR 142 Theatre Production and Stagecraft
THTR 150 Beginning Acting
THTR 250 Intermediate Acting
Total Credits: 8  
Total AAS Degree Credits: 72