The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.
The Art: Photography Certificate of Achievement involves the study and practice of the principles of visual communication: line, shape, form, value, pattern, color, texture, space and composition. Students will study the various problems and potentials of photography, including visual sequencing. They will engage in visual thinking and personal expression through exercises and assignments in the required courses. Students also will be introduced to the work of numerous artists throughout the history of art and photography. Techniques such as photographic composition, toning, black & white and color printing, fiber paper printing, and final photographic presentation will be covered in this program of study.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
The Art: Photography Certificates of Achievement is designed to provide a broad-based education. Students earning the Certificate of Achievement in Art: Photography can set up their own studios and sell their work in art galleries or may work as freelance photographers. The certificate program gives a basis for possible internships and paid apprenticeships as a photo assistant, or for work in a museum, gallery or design firm setting. It also prepares students for entry-level positions working as an art supply salesperson, framing technician or art gallery assistant. Those pursuing careers in teaching at the secondary school level will enhance their abilities to teach art by completing this certificate.
Students earning certificates could be prepared for employment in a variety of entry-level positions, as mentioned above. Generally speaking, the average rates of pay are relatively low at the entry level, although rates of pay and availability of such jobs vary. Individuals wishing to pursue freelance careers need to be able to combine the regular practice of creative skills with self-promotion and good business practices. A bachelor's or master's degree in art or art history is required for most career positions in museums and galleries.
For students interested in an Associate degree, an Art major is available.
- Demonstrate appropriate use of essential photographic equipment, materials and processes;
- synthesize and apply visual principles in works of art;
- demonstrate skills in visual analysis by identifying specific formal elements in works of art;
- achieve greater awareness of global traditions; and
- create a portfolio of archival exhibition prints.