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2016-2017 Catalog 
2016-2017 Catalog [PAST CATALOG]

Arts and Sciences Transfer, Arts and Humanities, Fine Arts, Photography Option, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A. (code AA.ART.PHOTO)

Total Credit Hours: A minimum of 60 credit hours.

Purpose: For students interested in pursuing professional training, transferring to a four-year institution or gaining personal enrichment by concentrating in photography.

Transfer credit for some courses may depend on portfolio evaluation. The final authority for accepting credit lies with the four-year institution. Students are encouraged to research potential transfer schools and work with an adviser early to facilitate a successful transfer. Information on transfer is available in Counseling, Advising and Retention Services.

Notice to Students: Students enrolled in the Photograph Option degree program will need to supply the following equipment and supplies:

  • 35mm Single Lens Reflex Camera
  • Digital Single Lens Reflex Camera
  • External hard drive - digital storage device
  • Black and white film and paper

Range of Occupations

Occupations can be explored further through the virtual Careers Center.

Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses

AACC faculty developed the following sequence of courses to encourage greater success in each student’s program of study.  This sequence incorporates all of the student’s admissions requirements for this degree and provides the student with essential notes to guide their success.  It is recommended that students view and save this as they plan courses for this degree.


Click Here to View, Save, or Print a PDF Copy of the Planning Tool: Two-Year Sequence of Courses for this degree  



General Education Requirements: 31-37 credits

An approved list of general education courses can be found in the General Education Requirements  section of the catalog. Choose general education courses from the following topics:

English: 3-6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7-8 credits

At least one lab science required. See General Education Biological and Physical Sciences Requirements   for a list of approved courses.

Interdisciplinary Studies, Computer Technology or Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Requirements for a list of approved courses.

Health/Fitness/Wellness: 3 credits

See General Education Health/Fitness/Wellness Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Mathematics: 3-4 credits

See General Education Mathematics Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Social and Behavioral Sciences: 6 credits

Must select two different disciplines. See General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences Requirements  for a list of approved courses.

Choose one of the following: (3 credits)

Electives (with approval of department chair): 1-7 credits

Recommend ART courses listed below as electives:

Additional Requirements

Computer Competency Requirement

ART 106  meets this requirement .

Diversity Requirement

Students may satisfy the diversity requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, biological and physical sciences general education requirements, health/fitness/wellness or elective requirement. See Diversity Requirement   for a list of approved courses.

Related Educational Opportunities

Continuing Education and Workforce Development Offerings

Additional courses, credentials and/or certifications may be available through the AACC School of Continuing Education and Workforce Development.

Transfer Agreements

Agreements may exist for this program of study. To access agreements, go to Transfer Services

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of visual arts history, processes and terminology.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles of visual design.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and the ability to apply principles of photographic image capture, manipulation, print and production.
  • Develop a personal statement, style and portfolio to present at interviews for both transfer and job-related activities.

This program aligns with all the college’s core competencies. For a full list of Core Competencies, click here.