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Photography - Visual Arts Transfer (A.A.)

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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

Students may satisfy the Computer and Information Technology Requirement simultaneously as they satisfy the general education requirement for Computer Technology. See Computing and Information Technology Competency Requirement  for a list of approved courses.

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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