Photographic Technology (APPHOT)

Associate in Applied Science

This associate's degree 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.

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 4-year colleges.

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2017-18 | 2018-19 | 2019-20

2019-2020 Academic Requirements

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).

Brooks Institute of Photography, 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: Articulation Agreements.
Division
Business/Computer Technologies
Department
Digital Media Arts Dept
Advisors
Terry Abrams (advises students with last name beginning A-G)
Jennifer Baker (advises students with last name beginning H-O)
Donald Werthmann (advises students with last name beginning P-Z)
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First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
PHO 111   Photography I 4
PHO 122   Film and Darkroom Photography 3
PHO 127   Digital Photo Imaging I 4
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition * 3
Total 14
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
PHO 117   Introduction to the Studio 4
PHO 129   Black and White Digital Imaging 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, VID 105, VID 125, WEB 110 3
Elective(s)   Math ** 3
Total 14
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
PHO 103   History of Photography *** 3
PHO 211 or Large Format Photography I  
PHO 220   Advanced Studio Techniques **** 3
PHO 228   Digital Photo Imaging II 4
    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 112, VID 105, VID 125, WEB 110 4
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 17
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
PHO 230   Portfolio Projects 3
PHO 231   Portfolio Seminar 4
    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 112, VID 105, VID 125, WEB 110 4
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
Elective(s)   Writing/Composition or Communication ***** 3
Total 17
Total Credits Required
62

Footnotes:

 *ENG 100 or ENG 111 is recommended
**MTH 125 is recommended
***PHO 103 fulfills the Arts and Humanities general education requirement
****PHO 220 requires that the prerequisite course, PHO 116, be taken prior to or concurrently with PHO 222
*****COM 101 or COM 102 is recommended