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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

Field of Interest
Visual and Performing Arts
Degree Type
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Plan
Photography (DEG)
Academic Plan Code
3195
Total credits required
61-67
Catalog Year
2024-2025
Effective Term
Fall 2024
Notes

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

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 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 (e.g., communication, time management, pricing, and legal and ethical considerations).
  11. Use visual, verbal, and written communication skills to interact with diverse audiences.
  12. Apply historical, cultural, and social contextual perspectives to evaluate a body of work.
  13. Apply relevant knowledge, skills, and habits of mind to seek career opportunities in the field.

Successful completion of this degree may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based wages* for this degree. 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. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary

$66,570

Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators

$45,590

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

$41,890

* Career and wage information provided by Pipeline AZ using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources.

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 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 FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Consult with your faculty mentor or academic advisor to determine educational requirements, including possible university transfer options, for your chosen career field.

Pathway Map Options

There are multiple options available for this pathway map. These options vary depending on the locations, partners, and available tracks of the award.

These pathway map options may share some common coursework. To explore what additional coursework may be required, select your desired option from the list below. Once selected, the list of courses and any associated details will be automatically updated in the course sequence below. The differences between individual pathway map options may only be a few courses.

Pathway Map Option Details

No pathway map option has been selected. Please select from the pathway map options listed above.

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
Critical course Gateway course HU 3
Critical course 1
Critical course 3
or
or 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Select for Fine Arts
Select for Commercial
3
or
or 3
HU 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3
or
or
or
or
or or or or OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA or MA or MA or MA or MA 3鈥6

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or Select for Fine Arts
Select for Commercial
3
or
or 1鈥3
or
or H, HU or H, HU 3
or
or
or
or or or SB or SB or L or SB 3
Specialization Option Subplan Option 3鈥6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
SB 3
or
or SQ or SG 4
Specialization Option Subplan Option 5鈥15

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
Critical course Gateway course HU 3
Critical course 1
or
or FYC or FYC 3
or
or 1鈥3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Critical course 3
or
or FYC or FYC 3
OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment L 0鈥3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or 3
or
or
or
or
or or or or OR Any approved general education course in the Mathematical Applications [MA] area MA or MA or MA or MA or MA 3鈥6

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or 3
or
or Select for Fine Arts
Select for Commercial
3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
HU 3
or
or Select for Fine Arts
Select for Commercial
3

Term 6

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 6
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or H, HU or H, HU 3
Specialization Option Subplan Option 3

Term 7

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 7
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or
or
or or or SB or SB or L or SB 3
Specialization Option Subplan Option 3

Term 8

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 8
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or SQ or SG 4
Specialization Option Subplan Option 2鈥3

Term 9

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 9
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
or
or 1鈥3
SB 3
Specialization Option Subplan Option 0鈥3

Term 10

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 10
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
Specialization Option Subplan Option 0鈥9
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鈥檚 for additional details regarding the requirements of this award .

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.