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Photography

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Photography program is designed for the student who wishes to pursue a career in photography, either commercial or fine arts. Students will study digital and traditional film-based (darkroom) media, content and image selection, and the theory and practice of visual communication.

Details

Details iconImportant information you’ll need when applying for admission:
Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Type
Associate Degree
Photography (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-64
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:
AAS/3080 Digital Photography
AAS/3784 Media Arts: Digital Imaging
AAS/3081 Digital Arts

What You'll Learn
  • Demonstrate knowledge of principles of design, aesthetics, and visual communication. (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART177, ARH101, ARH102, ARH115, ART100, ART111, ART112, ART113, ART116, ART131, ART132, ART133, ART134, ART137, ART142, ART143, ART178, ART181, ART234, ART250, ART255, ART255AB, ART270, ART274, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, FMP108, (COM), (CRE), [MA])
  • Create original still and time based images. (ART100, ART131, ART132, ART142, ART143, ADA/ART169, ADA/ART177, ART133, ART134, ART137, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART178, ART237, ART270, ART274, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, FMP108)
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge and application of camera techniques. (ART131, ART132, ART142, ART143, ART133, ART134, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART234, ART237, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, FMP108, (COM), (CRE), [MA], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate a thorough and adaptable knowledge of software used in digital imaging and contemporary media. (ART100, ART131, ART142, ART143, ADA/ART169, ADA/ART177, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART178, ART181, ART234, ART237, ART270, ART274, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, FMP108, (COM), (CRE))
  • Create digital imaging workflow. (ART100, ART131, ART142, ART143, ADA/ART169, ADA/ART177, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART178, ART181, ART234, ART237, ART270, ART274, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, FMP108)
  • Utilize effective lighting techniques in natural, artificial and mixed lighting in photography (e.g., product, still life and portraiture). (ART132, ART142, ART143, ART133, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART234, ART237, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, [SG], [SQ])
  • Analyze trends and influences in contemporary and historical photography. (ARH101, ARH102, ARH115, ART131, ART132, ART133, ART134, ART137, ART138, ART142, ART143, ART234, ART250, (CRE), [FYC], [SB])
  • Critically evaluate photographic works. (ARH101, ARH102, ARH115, ART131, ART132, ART142, ART143, ART255, ART133, ART134, ART137, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB])
  • Develop a professional body of work and appropriate support material to showcase personal vision and technical skills. (ART132, ART143, ADA/ART169, ADA/ART177, ART133, ART134, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART178, ART181, ART234, ART237, ART250, ART255, ART255AB, ART270, ART274, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, FMP108, (COM), [FYC], [MA], [SB])
  • Identify professional practices in diverse settings (e.g., communication, time management, pricing, and legal and ethical considerations). (ADA/ART169, ADA/ART177, ART132, ART133, ART134, ART138, ART139, ART140, ART143, ART178, ART181, ART237, ART255, ART255AB, ART270, ART274, ART297AA, ART297AB, MKT110, MKT263, MKT271, SBS200, SBS204, (COM), [FYC], [MA])
  • Use visual, verbal, and written communication skills to interact with diverse audiences. (ARH101, ARH102, ARH115, ART131, ART132, ART142, ART143, ART133, ART134, ART137, ART138, ART139, ART234, ART255, ART290AC, ART290EC, ART290MC, ART295DA, ART295DB, ART295DC, ART297AA, ART297AB, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB])
  • Apply historical, cultural, and social contextual perspectives to evaluate a body of work. (ARH101, ARH102, ARH115, ART131, ART132, ART133, ART134, ART137, ART138, ART139, ART142, ART143, ART234, ART250, (COM), (CRE), [FYC], [SB])
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:26-28
ARH101Prehistoric Through Gothic Art (3) OR
ARH102Renaissance Through Contemporary Art (3)3
 
ARH115History of Photography3
ART100Introduction to Digital Arts1
ART112Two-Dimensional Design3
ART113Color3
ART131Photography I3
ART132Photography II3
ART142Introduction to Digital Photography3
ART143Intermediate Digital Photography3
 
ART255Art Marketing (3) OR
ART255ABThe Portfolio (1)1-3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:8-20
Complete all courses in the specialization below that best aligns with your academic and professional goals.
 
Specialization I: Commercial Photography
ART138Commercial Photography I3
ART139Commercial Photography II3
 
ART140Portrait Photography (3) OR
ART237Fashion Photography (3)3
 
SBS200Small Business Operations2
 
MKT110Marketing and Social Networking (3) OR
MKT263Advertising Principles (3) OR
MKT271Principles of Marketing (3) OR
SBS204Small Business Marketing and Advertising (2)2-3
 
In consultation with advisor or program coordinator, choose up to six (6) credits of coursework from the following list to best fulfill goals and complete a minimum of 60 credits required for the AAS.
ADA/ART1692D Media Design3
ADA/ART177Digital Photographic Imaging I3
ART111Drawing I3
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART137Alternative Photographic Processes3
ART178Digital Arts Studies3
ART181Graphic Design I3
ART234Color Photography I3
ART270Digital Photographic Imaging II3
ART290ACStudio Art3
ART290ECStudio Art: Photography3
ART290MCStudio Art: Digital Photography3
ART295DAArt Workshop/Seminar: Photography1
ART295DBArt Workshop/Seminar: Photography2
ART295DCArt Workshop/Seminar: Photography3
ART297AACommercial Art Internship (1) OR
ART297ABCommercial Art Internship (2)1-2
FMP108Video Production3
 
Specialization II: Fine Art Photography
ART133Photography III3
ART137Alternative Photographic Processes3
 
Select 2-9 credits from the following:
ADA/ART1692D Media Design3
ADA/ART177Digital Photographic Imaging I3
ART111Drawing I3
ART116Life Drawing I3
ART134Photography IV3
ART178Digital Arts Studies3
ART234Color Photography I3
ART250Introduction to Printmaking3
ART270Digital Photographic Imaging II3
ART274Digital Photographic Imaging III3
ART290ACStudio Art3
ART290ECStudio Art: Photography3
ART290MCStudio Art: Digital Photography3
ART295DAArt Workshop/Seminar: Photography1
ART295DBArt Workshop/Seminar: Photography2
ART295DCArt Workshop/Seminar: Photography3
ART297AACommercial Art Internship1
SBS200Small Business Operations2
SBS204Small Business Marketing and Advertising2
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-7
Select courses 100-level or higher to complete a minimum of 60 semester credits but no more than a total of 64 semester credits. Consult with the Program Director or an Academic Advisor.
 
Recommend that students interested in transferring to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor's degree take courses that fulfill any unmet Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) requirements.
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 19-25
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment.0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
MAT140College Mathematics (5) OR
MAT141College Mathematics (4) OR
MAT142College Mathematics (3) OR
MAT145College Mathematics with Review (5) OR
MAT146College Mathematics with Review (6) OR
Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area (3-6)3-6
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by ARH101 OR ARH102 OR ARH115 OR ART131 in Required Courses.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education courses in the Social-Behavioral Sciences [SB] area.3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences (Quantitative) [SQ] area or the Natural Sciences (General) [SG] area.4

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