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
(13 Courses)
Course Title Credits
PHOT 1015 Lightroom
PHOT 1016 Classic Portraiture
PHOT 1019 Digital Cameras and Photography Concepts I
PHOT 1024 Photoshop I
PHOT 1027 Advanced Portrait Techniques
PHOT 1028 Commercial Photography I
PHOT 2032 On-Location Portraiture
PHOT 2034 Photoshop II
PHOT 2035 Off-Camera Flash Photography
PHOT 2040 Video Production I
PHOT 2042 Photographic Presentations
PHOT 2048 Photography Business Development
PHOT 2057 Internship
Total Credits: 39  
Elective Courses
(select 19 credits from the courses below)
Choose a minimum of 19 credits
Course Title Credits
PHOT 1020 Digital Camera and Photography Concepts II
PHOT 2030 Commercial Photography II
PHOT 2033 Wedding Photography
PHOT 2041 Basic Photo Business Applications
PHOT 2043 Video Editing and Motion Graphics
PHOT 2044 Video Production II
PHOT 2046 Portrait Portfolio
PHOT 2050 Real Estate Photography
PHOT 2051 High-Volume Photography
Total Credits: 19  
Elective Courses
(select 6 credits from the courses below)
Choose additional credits, if needed, for a total of 64 credits
Course Title Credits
ACCT 1800 Business Law
ACCT 1810 Introduction to Accounting
ADS 1014 Written Business Communications
MMDT 1010 Typography and Color Theory
MMDT 1041 Information Illustration
MMDT 1057 Electronic Publishing
MSM 1101 Principles of Marketing
MSM 2125 E-Commerce & Social Media
MSM 2823 Introduction to Entrepreneurship
MSM 2850 Small Business Development
Total Credits: 6  
Total Diploma Credits: 64