Digital Photography

Curriculum VIC.DPH.AAS (C249C)

Digital Photography offers students an opportunity to acquire specific skills in the creation of photographic images for fine art and commercial use. The associate's degree program provides background in art and design theories, photographic composition, studio portrait and product photography, photographic production and marketing of images for Web and multimedia. Computer skills are developed through photographic projects using Adobe software, including Photoshop, Bridge, Lightroom, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Final Cut and others. Qualified individuals may find employment as freelance photographers and in photographic studios.

Upon successful completion of the Digital Photography Associate Degree, the student will be able to:

  • adhere and apply to all licensing, model and legal rights to photographic images;
  • demonstrate critique techniques to assess student work verbally and in writing;
  • demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills;
  • demonstrate the ability to edit, print and store images in a computer and photographic specific software;
  • demonstrate the ability to operate professional photography camera and studio equipment;
  • apply photography design, production and client specifications to photographic images;
  • identify significant historical events in photography and the social and artistic impact of the events;
  • identify significant photographers from history and their contribution to photography as an art or method of mass communication;
  • demonstrate and apply photographic concepts to video productions;
  • demonstrate the ability to measure and adjust for various location lighting conditions;
  • demonstrate proficiency in studio lighting set-up and application;
  • create a printed portfolio of photographic images to meet the individual goals of the student;
  • create a Web gallery and digital portfolio of photographic images;
  • apply time management skills by beginning and finishing practical projects on time. This will be measured by practical exams given throughout the program; and
  • present a final digital and printed portfolio for assessment of creativity and skills.

Last Update Effective: 8/24/14

Associate in Applied Science Degree

Semester One

Credit Hours


ART 119

Two-Dimensional Design or



VIC 100

Graphic Design



RHT 101

Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I



VIC 104

Computer Art I



VIC 161

Introduction to Photoshop



VIC 162

Digital Photography






Semester Two


SPE 101

Principles of Effective Speaking



VIC 160

History of Photography1 or




General education/Humanities



VIC 163

Digital Studio Photography



VIC 172

Web Page Design



VIC 265

Photography Production






Semester Three


HTH 104

Science of Personal Health or



HTH 281

First Aid & CPR



VIC 261

Advanced Photoshop



VIC 263

Advanced Digital Studio Photography



VIC 264

Advanced Digital Photography



VIC 285

Digital Video






Semester Four


VIC 282

Portfolio Design and Production



HIS 151

History of the U.S. to 1877 or



HIS 152

History of the U.S. Since 1877 or



PSC 150

American National Politics or



SSC 190

Contemporary Society




General education/Mathematics and/or Science




Program electives








Total credits required for graduation


See VIC course descriptions.

Program electives (6-9): Any ART or VIC course

1Course cannot be used to fulfill Humanities general education requirement.

Coordinator: Lorette Dodt, Ext. 3519