Photography Associate in Science Degree (AS) Information

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Mr. Mark Francis

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Mr. Krist Lien
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Introduction to the Photography Associate in Science Degree (AS) Program

This two-year photography program is designed to train students for careers in the emerging fields of commercial/artistic photography, emphasizing digital technology, and analog processes. Importance is placed on technical competence, aesthetics and creative approach. Upon graduation, this degree initiates transferable courses for persons wishing to continue their education toward an advanced four-year school. Additional general education course work may be required for transfer to a four-year college. Contact the four-year school for information.

We strongly encourage you to contact the Visual Arts Department for assistance in planning your program of study.

Is This For You?

People in this career usually have artistic skill, enjoy creating original work and have a good imagination. They generally have social skills as well as good eye/hand coordination. They have been described as impulsive, ambitious, imaginative, intuitive, and patient.

Beyond Graduation . . .

Photographers may start out as assistants to experienced photographers. Assistants acquire the technical knowledge needed to be a successful photographer and also learn other skills necessary to run a portrait or commercial photography business. Freelance photographers should develop an individual style of photography to differentiate themselves from the competition. Some photographers enter the field by submitting an unsolicited portfolio of photographs to magazines and to art directors at advertising agencies; for freelance photographers, a good portfolio is critical.

Related Career Opportunities

Primary Employers

Photography in all its forms has a tremendous impact in the creative, illustrative, and commercial fields and, consequently, is in great demand. Now, in addition to all the traditional uses of photography, digital imaging and the internet have added another fast-growing dimension to this field. Graduates from the Photographic Technology program may be employed by newspapers, magazines, advertising agencies, photo labs, public relations offices, realtors, printers, publishers, museums, and graphic designers.

Occupations

Photojournalists
Work for publications such as magazines, newspapers and other print and electronic media. Their focus is generally on the documentation of events in a clear, illustrative way that speaks for itself as well as enhancing text. A Photojournalist’s work takes the min to the field to cover news events,sports, and human interest stories, among others. Photo journalists may also work as freelancers.

Creative Photographers
Are artist/photographers whose work is directed at personal artistic expression and is often shown in art galleries,museums, and competitions.

Photo Restorers
Take old or damaged photos and restore them by using digital scanning and Adobe Photoshop

Portrait Photographers
Are skilled at the studio techniques of lighting and backdrops to produce a variety of portraits of lasting interest in black/white and color.

Freelance Photographers
Are in business for themselves and are employed, usually on short assignments, by many different clients and might entail any type of photographic situation. While a freelancer has considerable leeway in managing their own schedule, being successful means building a group of clients, having a knowledge of business practices, understanding effective advertising, and knowing how to promote themselves.

Other Occupations

  • Commercial Photographer
  • Photo preparer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Photo Conservator (in prepress companies Photo Illustrator or the printing industry)


Employment Trends

For more information regarding first-year earnings for degree completers and student debt accumulation download or view the Economic Security Report of Employment and Earning Outcomes Click Here, published by the Department of Economic Opportunity.

Escambia/Santa Rosa Counties
Occupation
Photographers
2015 Cur. Openings
142
2023 Prj. Openings
152
Est. Annual Openings
2.8
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$22,233.73
Okaloosa / Walton Counties
Occupation
Photographers
2015 Cur. Openings
223
2023 Prj. Openings
235
Est. Annual Openings
3.8
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$18,625.44
All Florida Counties
Occupation
Photographers
2015 Cur. Openings
10675
2023 Prj. Openings
11379
Est. Annual Openings
197.3
2015 Avg. Median Salary
$25,091.16


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