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Commercial Photography

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Commercial Photography program 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
Academic Plan
Commercial Photography (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5784
Total Credits Required
35
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of principles of design, aesthetics, and visual communication.
  2. Create original still and time based images.
  3. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and application of camera techniques.
  4. Demonstrate a thorough and adaptable knowledge of software used in digital imaging and contemporary media.
  5. Create digital imaging workflow.
  6. Utilize effective lighting techniques in natural, artificial and mixed lighting in photography (e.g., product, still life, and portrait/portraiture).
  7. Analyze trends and influences in contemporary and historical photography.
  8. Critically evaluate photographic works.
  9. Develop a professional body of work and appropriate support material to showcase personal vision and technical skills.
  10. Identify professional practices in diverse settings for operating and marketing a photography business (e.g., communication, time management, pricing, and legal and ethical considerations).
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

$34,940

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART131 Photography I Critical course Gateway course HU 3
ART112 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART100 Introduction to Digital Arts Critical course 1
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography 3
ART132 Photography II Critical course 3
SBS200 Small Business Operations 2
RE Restricted Electives 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART138 Commercial Photography I 3
ART140 or
ART237
Portrait Photography or Fashion Photography 3
ART143 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
SBS204 Small Business Marketing And Advertising 2

Restricted Electives:

In consultation with Departmental Advisor, choose two courses from the following list to best fulfill goals: 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARH115 History of Photography HU 3
ART116 Life Drawing I 3
ART137 Alternative Photographic Processes 3
ART139 Commercial Photography II 3
ART181 Graphic Design I 3
ART234 Color Photography I 3
ART255 Art Marketing 3
FMP108 Video Production 0

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART131 Photography I Critical course Gateway course HU 3
ART112 Two-Dimensional Design 3
ART100 Introduction to Digital Arts Critical course 1

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ART142 Introduction to Digital Photography Critical course 3
ART132 Photography II Critical course 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ENG101 or
ENG107
First-Year Composition or First-Year Composition for ESL FYC 3
ART143 Intermediate Digital Photography 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SBS200 Small Business Operations 2
RE Restricted Electives 3
ART138 Commercial Photography I 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
RE Restricted Electives 3
ART140 or
ART237
Portrait Photography or Fashion Photography 3
SBS204 Small Business Marketing And Advertising 2

Restricted Electives:

In consultation with Departmental Advisor, choose two courses from the following list to best fulfill goals: 

A list of program electives for this pathway map
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
ARH115 History of Photography HU 3
ART116 Life Drawing I 3
ART137 Alternative Photographic Processes 3
ART139 Commercial Photography II 3
ART181 Graphic Design I 3
ART234 Color Photography I 3
ART255 Art Marketing 3
FMP108 Video Production 0
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Commercial Photography (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=146316).


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.