Photography and Digital Imaging

The program below is undergoing modification and the modification will be placed into an addendum upon Chancellor’s Office approval - see your counselor for further information and visit the college website under www.swccd.edu/catalog link for the latest addenda updates.

Associate in Arts
Career/Technical (Major Code: 02350)

Educates students with a sound background in technical skills and theory while increasing their conceptual abilities. Two groups within this program of studies, photographic arts and photography for industry, provide the student with basic aesthetic principles and technical skills needed for entry into the field of professional photography. Students are encouraged to develop critical and aesthetic judgment while achieving technical experience.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Student will research significant photographers and photography movements, analyze the concepts within the artwork created by those photographers and photography movements, and apply new information to their own thinking and artwork.
  • Student will analyze and evaluate personal work and the work of others during critique that will allow one to process criticism, absorb ideas, and apply new found insights to future work.
  • Student will analyze photographic theory through specific artists and genres, and then integrate concepts from those artists and genres into his or her own personal artwork.
  • Student will show proficiency in camera handling, camera controls, digital capture, Camera RAW workflow, digital imaging workflow, and digital printing.
  • Student will identify historical and contemporary issues, and then bring awareness to those issues by creating documentary and/or social commentary photographs.
Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
ART 101 DESIGN I 3
ART 156 HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY 3
ART 192 INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL IMAGING 3
ART 205 BEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY 3
 Units12
Second Semester
ART 206 INTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY 3
ART 207 STUDIO AND LIGHTING TECHNIQUES 3
 Units6
Third Semester
Select 5-7 units of Photography Electives 5-7
 Units5-7
Fourth Semester
ART 216 ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY 3
Select 2-4 units of Photography Electives 2-4
 Units5-7
 Total Units28-32
Photography Electives
ART 137WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTISTS AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS4
ART 138ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, AND GRAPHICS3
ART 197PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES AND PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT FOR VISUAL ARTISTS3
ART 208AFILM AND DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY I3
ART 209PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS PRACTICES2
ART 210PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY3
ART 211EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY3
ART 212APHOTOGRAPHIC ALTERNATIVES I3
ART 213SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY3
ART 290COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN APPLIED Visual Arts I2
Recommended Electives
ART 116PRINTMAKING I3
ART 117PRINTMAKING II3
ART 130HISTORY OF FILM AS ART3
ART/TELE 131INTRODUCTION TO MOTION PICTURE3
ART 151ART HISTORY-RENAISSANCE TO CONTEMPORARY3
ART 157NINETEENTH THROUGH TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY ART3
ART 159GRAPHIC DESIGN---LAYOUT3
ART 161GRAPHIC DESIGN3
ART 205LBEGINNING DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
ART 206LINTERMEDIATE PHOTOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
ART 207LSTUDIO AND LIGHTING TECHNIQUES LABORATORY1
ART 210LPORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
ART 211LEDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
ART 213LSPECIAL TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY Laboratory1
ART 214APHOTOGRAPHY LABORATORY PRACTICE I1
ART 215ADarkroom Photography Laboratory Practice I1
ART 216LADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY LABORATORY1
BUS 149ENTREPRENEURSHIP OPERATING AND MANAGING A SMALL BUSINESS3

Note: It is recommended to wait until the fourth semester before taking ART 197 in order to have enough photographic works to include in competitive portfolio. It is recommended to wait until the fourth semester before taking ART 290 in order to have the skills and experience necessary for most applied arts internships.

Suggested courses prepare students for fine-art photography:
ART 138ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, AND GRAPHICS3
ART 197PROFESSIONAL PRACTICES AND PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT FOR VISUAL ARTISTS3
ART 208AFILM AND DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY I3
ART 210PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY3
ART 212APHOTOGRAPHIC ALTERNATIVES I3
Suggested courses prepare students for commercial, editorial, and advertising photography:
ART 137WEB SITE DEVELOPMENT FOR ARTISTS AND GRAPHIC DESIGNERS4
ART 138ADVANCED DIGITAL IMAGING FOR PHOTOGRAPHY, ART, AND GRAPHICS3
ART 209PHOTOGRAPHY BUSINESS PRACTICES2
ART 210PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY3
ART 211EDITORIAL AND ADVERTISING PHOTOGRAPHY3
ART 213SPECIAL TOPICS IN PHOTOGRAPHY3
ART 290COOPERATIVE WORK EXPERIENCE IN APPLIED Visual Arts I2

To earn an associate degree, additional general education and graduation requirements must be completed.

Some courses within this program may require additional coursework that must be completed prior to enrollment in these courses. Please consult the individual course listings for prerequisites and any other limitations on enrollment.