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Visual Arts Transfer - Photography (A.A.)

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

Award: Associate of Arts degree, A.A.


Total Credit Hours: 60

About the Photography Program

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.

Honors Program Courses

If you qualify for the Honors Program, you may take honors versions  of some courses (such as ENG 101H , ENG 102H , etc.).

Graduation Requirements

Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements  for college-wide graduation requirements.

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Visual Arts Transfer Program Core Courses

The program core for this degree consists of ART 100  (satisfied through the Arts and Humanities general education requirement as listed below); ART 106  (satisfied through the Technology Requirement as listed below); and ART 125  (satisfied through the area of concentration requirement as listed below). 

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

General Education Requirements: 31 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 Composition: 6 credits

Arts and Humanities: 6 credits

Biological and Physical Sciences: 7 credits

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

Mathematics: 3 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.

Additional General Education Requirement: 3 credits

Area of Concentration: 29 credits

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

Additional Art Requirements: 6 credits

Technology Requirement: 3 credits

Electives: 4 credits

Students are recommended to check on transfer institution’s requirements before selecting electives. No more than 3 credit hours of physical activity courses may be used as electives.

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. 

Technology Requirement

Satisfied by ART 106 .

Wellness Requirement

Unless they are in a degree that is exempt, all students in associate degree programs must satisfy the Wellness 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:

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

This program aligns with the college’s core competencies.

Transferring Credits to a Maryland Public Four-Year School

Maryland public four-year colleges and universities accept a minimum of 60 and as many as 70 credits earned toward an associate degree from a Maryland public community college. Students planning to transfer should consult with an AACC academic and transfer advisor; and are advised to obtain permission from the four-year college or university when planning to transfer credits beyond the minimum degree requirements at AACC. More than 70 credits earned at AACC may be transferred if outlined within an established transfer agreement. Current transfer agreements can be found on the AACC Transfer Partners webpage.

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