SLCC General Catalog

Visual Art & Design - Photography Emphasis AAS

CTE Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
63 - 64 credits minimum

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Program Description

Students with an aptitude in creative problem solving, drawing, design, photography and/or computer related visual communication should consider this rapidly expanding and competitive field.  The Visual Art & Design Department allows students to specialize in the following areas: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Multimedia, Photography, Web Design, and Graphic Communications Technologies.

Photography is widely used in visual art and design, including fine art. Students who elect to pursue the AAS Degree in Visual Art & Design’s Photography Emphasis will become acquainted with, and gain competencies in, all aspects of the photographic arts. Competencies will include: film and digital camera operation, studio and existing lighting control, working in both digital and film environments to produce color and black and white imagery. This prepares students to work as freelance photographers or continue their education for an advanced degree. Students will learn various visual art business practices and they will prepare a professional portfolio. The final and exit portfolio is a required component of the Photography Program and is designed to obtain an entry-level job within one of the many photography related career paths.

The photography emphasis student must have access to fully adjustable camera equipment (digital SLR) and additional equipment and supplies as required for this program and its various courses.

Career Opportunities

Photographers provide traditionally and digitally produced images appropriate for use in advertising and design applications including; web, stock, commercial, and editorial photography. Photographers also work as portrait, documentary and fine art photographers. Students who follow this track will earn an AAS Degree in Visual Art & Design/Photography Emphasis. Professional photography positions such as freelance photographer, portrait photographer, fine art photographer, commercial photographer, photographic assistant, digital lab tech / lab aid, photographic representative and sales person will be attainable by the student.

Transfer/Articulation Information

This AAS Degree is currently not transferable to four year institutions; however, some of the General Education components are transferable. The Visual Art & Design Department is committed to general and pre-professional programs and some credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis.  Students desiring to transfer to a four-year institution in Photography should contact Asst. Professor Terry Martin, terry.martin@slcc.edu.

Program Entry Requirements

All students interested in majoring in photography must have their own 35mm, digital SLR camera and/or medium format camera with full manual capabilities. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better to continue in the program.

Total Program/Course Fees

$225-$265 in class/lab fees.

Estimated Cost for Students

$1,000 over the two-year period.  This is an estimate for the specific photographic supplies that students will need to purchase in order to complete the assignments and outlined objectives.  This amount does not include a camera.

Estimated Time to Completion

If students follow Recommended Sequence, completion time is four semesters.


General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ENGL 1010

Intro to Writing

3

A

WRTG 0990 w/C grade or better or appropriate Accuplacer score

OR

 

 

 

Any approved EN course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ART 1210

Math for Vis Arts

3

A

OR

 

 

 

Any faculty approved higher level (above ART 1210) QS or QL course

Communication (CM) 3 Credits

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

COMM 1010

Elem Effective Comm

3

A

OR

 

 

 

Any approved CM course

Human Relations (HR) 2 Credits

Course

 

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ART 1150

Foundation Sem

2

F, Sp

OR

 

 

 

Any approved HR course

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

Complete one 3-credit hour course from the list of General Education Distribution Areas (BS, FA, HU, ID, PS, SS). See SLCC General Catalog for complete list of approved courses. Students may wish to consult with a Faculty Advisor for assistance when selecting a Distribution Course.

Course

Credits

 

 

Biological Science (BS)

3-4

 

Fine Arts (FA)

3-4

 

Humanities (HU)

3

 

Interdisciplinary (ID)

3

 

Physical Science (PS)

3

 

Social Science (SS)

3

 


Photography Emphasis Requirements: (37 Credits)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ART 1110

Foundation I

4

F, Sp

 

OR

 

 

 

 

ART 1020

Intro to Drawing (FA)

3

A

 

ART 1120

Design

3

A

 

ART 1310

Photography I

4

A

 

ART 1320

Photo Vision

3

F, Sp

ART 1310 or ART 1050 or either concurrently

ART 1340

Photo Lighting & Equip 1

4

Sp

ART 1310 can be taken concurrently w/ART 1380

ART 1380

Photography II

4

A

ART 1310 w/C grade or better

ART 2310

Photo Light & Equip 2

4

F

ART 1340 and ART 1380

ART 2330

Photo; Cultural Hist (HU)

3

F, Sp

 

ART 2340

Photoshop for Photo

3

F, Sp

ART 1380

ART 2380

Adv Studies in Photo

4

Sp

ART 2310

ART 2370

Photo Business Practices

3

Sp

ART 2310

ART 2375

Photo Portfolio Develop

1

Sp

ART 2310


Photography Elective Courses: (Select A Minimum Of 7 Credits From The Following)

Course

Title

Credits

Semesters

Prerequisite

ART 1375

Photo Diversity (FA, DV)

3

F, Sp

ART 1050 or ART 1310 w/C grade or better

ART 2300

Alternative Photo

3

Sp

ART 1310

ART 2350

Photo People/Portrait

3

F

ART 2310 (can be taken concurrently)

ART 2360

Nature Photography

3

Sp

ART 1380

ART 2910

Photo Fieldtrip Wksp

3

Sp

Instructor Approval

ART 2970

Spec Topics Photography

1-6

TBA

Instructor approval

ART 2990

Adv Independent Studies

1-3

A

Instructor approval

Non-Photography Art Or Flm Electives:

(Choose A Non-Photography Art Course From The Visual Art & Design Departmental Electives, Or Flm 1045 Beginning Film Production) See additional for Photo Electives, ART/FLM Electives, General Education Core Skills Requirements, and General Education Distribution Area Requirements.


Sample Schedule

1st Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ART 1110/ART 1020

3/4

ART 1120

3

ART 1150 or HR

2-3

ART 1340

4

ART 1310

4

ART 1380

4

ART 1320

3

ART 1210 or QS/QL

3

ENGL 1010

3

COMM

3

Total

15-16

Total

17

2nd Year Schedule

Fall Semester

Credits

Spring Semester

Credits

ART NON PHOTO ELEC

3

ART 2370

3

ART 2310

4

ART 2375

1

ART 2330

3

ART 2380

4

ART 2340

3

PHOTO ELEC

1-3

PHOTO ELEC

3

PHOTO ELEC

3

 

 

Distribution

3

Total

16

Total

15-17

 

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better grade in order to continue in the program. A student may be dropped from a class if the prerequisite has not been completed. If progress is not deemed satisfactory, students will be counseled and/or given probationary status.

Note: Students or professionals wishing to register for a class in which a prerequisite class is required but has not been taken, should contact the instructor about acquiring possible approval to register for the class.

Students should check the semester class schedule on the Internet at www.slcc.edu for availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment. Required departmental classes are not offered every semester. To graduate in two years, students are encouraged to follow the Recommended Sequence.

Not all Visual Art and Design (ART) classes may be audited. This is especially true for any Visual Art & Design class that has a prerequisite (see course catalog for list of prerequisite classes). Auditing a prerequisite course does not guarantee that the student has mastered the required skills needed for the next level class. Some Visual Art & Design classes that have a prerequisite may be audited if the student can demonstrate an appropriate skill level to the instructor before registering for the class. Students wishing to audit any Visual Art & Design (ART) class without officially completing a prerequisite class (with a ‘C’ grade or better) must obtain signed permission from the instructor or email authorization before registering for the class. Visual Art & Design (ART) classes that do not have a prerequisite may be audited as per the Auditing Classes guidelines listed in the SLCC catalog.

For information on clubs or organizations within the Visual Art & Design Department, contact the advisor or instructors in the individual areas of specialization.

Additional Program Notes

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 Program Student Learning Outcomes

Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes

 

  1. Acquire substantive knowledge
  2. Communicate effectively
  3. Develop quantitative literacies
  4. Think critically and creatively
  5. Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
  6. Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
  7. Develop computer and information literacy

Foundations of Art:

Graduates will demonstrate competent application and produce high quality photographic images that exhibit an understanding of visual art and design skills, and visual controls.

1, 2, 3, 4

Film and Digital Image Capture:

Graduates will demonstrate competent applications and produce images that exhibit an understanding of:

  • Advanced level exposure control
  • Comprehension of Gray Scale/Zone System
  • White Balance
  • Focus control
  • Composition

1, 2, 3 4

Computation/Marketing

Business Skills: Graduates will demonstrate competent applications of business and marketing knowledge, professionalism, & communication skills for employment within the photographic industry.

1, 3,4, 5

Printing Film Negatives and Digital Files:

Graduates will demonstrate competent applications of printing both digital files and traditional film to create high quality portfolio level color and/or black and white prints.

1, 3,  2, 4

Natural / Existing Light and Artificial Light: 

Graduates will produce high quality images that exhibit an industry level understanding and control of light theory as it applies to photography.

1, 2, 4

Department Contact Info

Visual Art & Design Division

South City Campus

General Information
801-957-4073

Program Information
801-957-3361

Visual Art & Design Programs

Academic Advisor
Cindy Clark
SC W138
801-957-3361

Academic Advisor
Gordon Stoors
SC W138
801-957-3361

Program Faculty

Professor
Rob Adamson
Sheila Chambers
Rick Graham 
Lana Gruendell

Associate Professor
Brent Budd
Kerry Gonzales
Neal Reiland

Assistant Professor
J. Chad Erekson
Whitney King Hyans
Terry Martin
Ed Rosenberger

Instructor
Jessica Curran
Andrew Wilson

Visual Art & Design Department Concurrent Enrollment Liaison(s):

Concurrent Enrollment Liaison, Instructor
Brandon Kowallis
Trudy Richardson