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Photographic Technology (APPHOT)

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Description

This program provides a comprehensive foundation in digital and film based photography. Through a combination of required basic courses and specialized elective courses, the student customizes the program to his or her particular interest in the photographic industry. Students have opportunities to work with a variety of advanced photographic equipment including digital cameras, view cameras, traditional darkroom, and various types of studio and location lighting systems. Graduating students produce professional portfolios and self-promotional materials to find employment in a variety of areas such as photographic assisting, photojournalism, fine art, freelance, portrait and wedding photography. Students also complete the program to use photography as a means of personal expression, and as preparation for transferring to four-year baccalaureate programs.

Students should choose the appropriate faculty for academic advising based on their last name: Terry Abrams (A-G), Jennifer Baker (H-O), Donald Werthmann (P-Z).

Articulation

Brooks Institute of Photograpy, BA degree;
College for Creative Studies, BFA degree;
Eastern Michigan University, several BS degrees;
Savannah College of Art and Design, BFA degree.

Copies can be obtained from the Counseling Office, a program advisor, or from the Curriculum and Assessment Office Web site: www.wccnet.edu/departments/curriculum/articulation.php?levelone=colleges.

Contact Information

Division
Business/Computer Technologies
Department
Digital Media Arts Dept
Advisors
Terry Abrams, Jennifer Baker, Donald Werthmann

Requirements

(Items marked in orange are available online.)
First Semester
Class Title Credits
Elective(s) Computer and Information Literacy 3
Elective(s) Writing* 4
PHO 110 Introduction to the Darkroom 1
PHO 111 Photography I 4
PHO 127 Digital Photo Imaging I 4
Total 16
Second Semester
Class Title Credits
PHO 117 Introduction to the Studio 4
PHO 122 or Darkroom Techniques
PHO 129 Black and White Digital Imaging 4
Elective(s) Math** 4
Restricted Courses 1 - Complete additional credits from the PHO electives (100 level and above) and/or the following courses: ANI 150, ANI 155, ANI 160, GDT 100, GDT 104, GDT 106, GDT 107, GDT 108, GDT 112, INP 140, INP 150, VID 105, VID 125 3
Total 15
Third Semester
Class Title Credits
PHO 103 History of Photography *** 3
PHO 211 or Large Format Photography
PHO 220 Advanced Studio Techniques 3
PHO 228 Digital Photo Imaging II 4
Elective(s) Speech**** 3
Restricted Courses 2 - Complete additional credits from the PHO electives (100 level and above) and/or the following courses: ANI 150, ANI 155, ANI 160, GDT 100, GDT 104, GDT 106, GDT 107, GDT 108, GDT 112, INP 140, INP 150, VID 105, VID 125 3
Total 16
Fourth Semester
Class Title Credits
PHO 230 Portfolio Projects 3
PHO 231 Portfolio Seminar 4
Elective(s) Natural Sciences 4
Elective(s) Social and Behavioral Science 3
Restricted Courses 3 - Complete additional credits from the PHO electives (100 level and above) and/or the following courses: ANI 150, ANI 155, ANI 160, GDT 100, GDT 104, GDT 106, GDT 107, GDT 108, GDT 112, INP 140, INP 150, VID 105, VID 125 3
Total 17
Total Credits Required
64

Footnotes

*ENG 100 or ENG 111 is recommended
**MTH 151, MTH 157, MTH 160, or MTH 169 is recommended
***PHO 103 fulfills the Arts and Humanities general education requirement
****COM 101 or COM 102 is recommended

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