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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
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.
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.
Are artist/photographers whose work is directed at personal artistic expression and is often shown in art galleries,museums, and competitions.
Take old or damaged photos and restore them by using digital scanning and Adobe Photoshop
Are skilled at the studio techniques of lighting and backdrops to produce a variety of portraits of lasting interest in black/white and color.
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.
- Commercial Photographer
- Photo preparer
- Sports Photographer
- Photo Conservator (in prepress companies Photo Illustrator or the printing industry)
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