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
(17 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
GSWS 1402 Employment Prep & Retention
PHOT 1012 Portrait I
PHOT 1013 Introduction to Digital Cameras
PHOT 1014 Introduction to Photographic Concepts
PHOT 1024 Photoshop I
PHOT 1027 Portrait II
PHOT 1028 Commercial Photography I
PHOT 2032 Environmental Portraiture
PHOT 2033 Wedding Photography
PHOT 2034 Photoshop 2
PHOT 2045 Digital Applications
PHOT 2046 Portrait III
PHOT 2048 Studio Operations
PHOT 2049 Seminars
PHOT 2057 Supervised Occupational Experience
Total Credits: 58  
Note there is a data error. The credits listed in this section total 57 while the section is listed as having 58 credits.
 
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Choose one of the following four options for 3 credits.
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
SPCH 220 Public Speaking
SPCH 223 Effective Listening
SPCH 225 Small Group Communication
SPCH 226 Interpersonal Communications
Total Credits: 3  
 
Elective Courses
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
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  
 
Elective Courses
(select 8 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
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
THTR 142 Theatre Production and Stagecraft
THTR 150 Beginning Acting
THTR 250 Intermediate Acting
Total Credits: 8  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 72