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Photography - Visual Arts Transfer (A.A.)

Title of Major: Visual Arts Transfer - Photography, A.A.

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60


Purpose: In a world saturated by images, photography has become a language of our modern culture. With that in mind, students in the photography program at Anne Arundel Community College will learn to create more expressive and engaging photographs. A wide variety of beginning and advanced courses in both digital and analog photography allow students to explore the many creative possibilities the medium has to offer while also gaining a strong technical foundation in the craft.

Upon completing the photography concentration students are able to transfer to a four-year institution or go straight into the field. Possible professions include a wide variety of applied and creative professions, including but not limited to editorial photographer, studio photographer and fine art photographer.

Students must have a DSLR camera with manually adjustable f-stop and shutter speed controls.

Graduation Requirements

See Academic Regulations for college-wide Graduation Requirements .

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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

  • 3 credit hours
  • This course simultaneously satisfies the Arts and Humanities General Education requirement and one of the Program Requirements for this degree.

  • One arts and humanities general education  course other than ART 3 credit hours                                                                                                                                                       

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.

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

See General Education Requirements and degree program required courses  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.

Program Requirements: 9 credits

Students must complete all of these courses with a grade of C or better. 

Area of Concentration: 17-23 credits

Students must complete all of these courses with a grade of C or better. 

Choose one course from the following: 3 credits

Electives: 1-7 credits

Recommend students check on transfer institution’s requirements. No more than 3 credit hours of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

Computer Competency Requirement

ART 106  meets this requirement .

Diversity Requirement

All students in associate degree programs must satisfy the diversity requirement.  In many cases, students may satisfy this requirement simultaneously as they satisfy a general education course requirement or with an elective.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Photography Concentration, students will be able to:

  • Explain visual arts history, processes and terminology.
  • Apply elements and principles of visual design in creation of original imagery.
  • Apply principles of photographic image capture, manipulation, print and production.
  • Develop a personal portfolio to present at interviews for both transfer and job-related activities.

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

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