This concentration prepares students to enter a broad range of photographic careers in editorial, advertising, corporate communications, wedding and portrait photography, digital retouching and post production, styling and production assisting. The curriculum is based on professional imaging standards and practices in a rapidly changing field. Emphasis on development of the visual, technical and business skills required in today's market enables our graduates to respond effectively to the changing demands of our multimedia communications environment.

Departmental approval may be granted for enrollment in individual courses for students who are not degree majors.

Some photography courses may be available at Metropolitan Campus; completion of degree requires attendance at Western Campus.

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Program Admission Requirements

  • Complete VCPH-1261 Photography I with grade of “C” or higher.

Other Information

  • Submission of a portfolio.
  • Portfolio reviews conducted twice per year at the end of Fall and Spring Semesters.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Imaging Aesthetic.  Determine and develop the possibilities of digital and graphic designs to produce compelling images that are believable and convey a message through lighting, color, special techniques and subject knowledge.
  2. Imaging Technical.  Apply knowledge of and skills in Photoshop, Lightroom, color management, color calibration and proofing, color printing, and scanning, to perform digital asset management and use photographs in multi-media applications including websites, power point, programs, FTP sites and print media.
  3. Professionalism.  Demonstrate strong work ethic and standards; apply listening, learning, and communication skills; employ interpersonal skills using a high degree of emotional intelligence and demonstrate familiarity with legal and business issues.
  4. Photo and Imaging Technical.  Apply basic knowledge of camera operation, Mac OSX, and Photoshop to perform onset diligence including verifying exposure histogram, checking lights and being visually alert for malfunctions.
  5. Studio.  Apply basic knowledge of grip, lighting and light modification tools, have a flexible attitude, be adaptable when working in a studio and/or location environment.
  6. Location.  Check, pack and troubleshoot equipment, be visually alert, and watch for mechanical, people and environmental problems. 

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
VC&D-1000 Visual Communication Foundation 3
VC&D-1015 Digital Studio Basics 3
VCPH-1150 History of Photography 3
VCPH-1261 Photography I 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
VCPH-1450 Digital Imaging I 3
VCPH-2260 Photography II 3
VCPH-2050 Commercial Studio Techniques I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introductory Sociology  
Honors Introductory Sociology  
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
VC&D-1200 Typography and Layout 3
VCPH-2160 Digital Video for Photographers 1 3
VCPH-2450 Digital Imaging II 3
VCPH-2550 Commercial Studio Techniques II 3
VCPH-2660 Photography III 3
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
Select one of the following: 3
Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication  
Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
Honors Fundamentals of Speech Communication  
JMC-1310 Film Appreciation 3
VCPH-2530 Professional Practices in Photography 3
VCPH-2541 Individual Projects - Photography 3
VCPH-2760 Editorial Photography 3
VCPH-2990 Photographic Portfolio Preparation 2
 Credit Hours17
 Total Credit Hours62