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Commercial and Freelance Photography

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Commercial and Freelance Photography includes the study of both the digital and film aspects of photography. The program is structured to help students develop an understanding of exposure principles, camera operations and functions, digital photographic materials, film-based strategies, studio lighting, and the basics of running a freelance photography business. This certificate is designed to provide knowledge and experience important to those hoping to work as freelance photographers, wedding photographers, commercial photographers, photography editors, photography assistants, or photo lab technicians. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Photography is also available.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Certificate
Commercial and Freelance Photography (CER)
Total Credits Required
35-36
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.
There will be costs for supplies and equipment in this program.

This program replaces:
CCL/5198 Digital Photography
CCL/5879 Media Arts: Digital Imaging

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of design, aesthetics, and visual communication. (ARH115, ART100, ART112, ART116, ART131, ART132, ART137, ART142, ART143, ART181, ART234, ART255, FMP108)
  • Create original still and time based images. (ART100, ART131, ART132, ART137, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART142, ART143, ART237, FMP108)
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and application of camera techniques. (ART131, ART132, ART137, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART142, ART143, ART234, ART237, FMP108)
  • Demonstrate a thorough and adaptable knowledge of software used in digital imaging and contemporary media. (ART100, ART131, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART142, ART143, ART181, ART234, ART237, FMP108)
  • Create digital imaging workflow. (ART100, ART131, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART142, ART143, ART181, ART234, ART237, FMP108)
  • Utilize effective lighting techniques in natural, artificial and mixed lighting in photography (e.g., product, still life and portraiture). (ART132, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART142, ART143, ART234, ART237)
  • Analyze trends and influences in contemporary and historical photography. (ARH115, ART131, ART138, ART132, ART137, ART142, ART143, ART234, ENG101, ENG107)
  • Critically evaluate photographic works. (ARH115, ART131, ART132, ART137, ART142, ART143, ART255, ENG101, ENG107)
  • Develop a professional body of work and appropriate support material to showcase personal vision and technical skills. (ART132, ART137, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART143, ART234, ART237, ART255, ENG101, ENG107, FMP108)
  • Identify professional practices in diverse settings for operating and marketing a photography business (e.g., communication, time management, pricing, and legal and ethical considerations). (ART132, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART143, ART237, ART255, ENG101, ENG107, SBS200, SBS204)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:27
ART100Introduction to Digital Arts1
ART112Two-Dimensional Design3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART138Commercial Photography I3
 
ART140Portrait Photography (3) OR
ART237Fashion Photography (3)3
 
ART142Introduction to Digital Photography3
ART143Intermediate Digital Photography3
 
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3)3
 
SBS200Small Business Operations2
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:8-9
Students must complete one of the two following specializations:
 
Specialization I: Freelance Photography
SBS204Small Business Marketing and Advertising2
 
In consultation with an advisor or program coordinator, choose two (2) courses from the following list to best fulfill goals:
ARH115History of Photography3
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART137Alternative Photographic Processes3
ART139Commercial Photography II3
ART181Graphic Design I3
ART234Color Photography I3
ART255Art Marketing3
FMP108Video Production3
 
Specialization II: Commercial Photography
ART139Commercial Photography II3
ART234Color Photography I3
 
In consultation with an advisor or program coordinator, choose one (1) course from the following list to best fulfill goals:
ARH115History of Photography3
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART137Alternative Photographic Processes3
ART181Graphic Design I3
ART255Art Marketing3
FMP108Video Production3
SBS204Small Business Marketing and Advertising2

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.