Photography is a major medium of communication. It shapes our perception of the world and impacts our lives in many ways. The program is meant for those with creativity, imagination, an eye for color, attention to detail, and a degree of selective critical judgment. Because graduates of the program will work with diverse subject matter and many types of people, they must be able to work as a member of a creative team, have excellent communication skills, and have good business skills. Additionally, a graduate of this program must negotiate, sell, coordinate work with others, operate equipment, use tools, follow directions, plan, make decisions, and create spatial visualization.
The Digital Photography program is designed to prepare students to seek entry-level positions such as photographer, digital studio photographer, in-house digital photographer, Photoshop color operator, production photographer, online photo image editor, digital catalogue photographer, and photo editor. This program introduces the professional, creative and technical skills employers in the digital photography field require, including critical thinking and concept development, business, marketing, and entrepreneurship.
To receive an Associate of Science Degree in Digital Photography, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 90 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates should be able to:
? Develop an understanding of the principles of digital photography utilizing multiple-format approaches.
? Demonstrate the ability to generate conceptual problem solving and use acquired skills to define a personal photographic style.
? Apply principles of lighting in a location or studio setting with appropriate use of lighting equipment.
? Demonstrate the basics of digital capture utilizing a digital workflow and imaging software to apply color management techniques.
? Acquire the essential communication skills and a sense of business and personal ethics to interact with clients.