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2015-2016 Course Catalog 
2015-2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photography Diploma

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The Photography diploma program is designed to prepare students for employment as commercial photographers. Students gain basic knowledge in digital photography, commercial photography, portrait photography, and photojournalism along with advanced editing processes. Current industry-standard software and techniques are utilized. Students also learn to communicate with customers and consider social and environmental issues in the context of their work.

For more information about the Photography program, please visit our website at www.dmacc.edu/programs/photography.

Locations: Ankeny

Students start any semester.

Program Entry Requirements

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Satisfy the assessment requirement.
  3. Attend any required information/registration session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Photography diploma, a student must complete all required coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average.

Fall Start

Total Credits Required to Complete this Diploma - 43

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit

The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.

Varied Costs

  Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
Books (approximate)   120   40 100
Supplies   150 150 150
Equipment   350 100 100
Camera (Digital) 1,200    
Portfolio     300

Approximate total for program: $8,909*

* Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate cost.

What Kind of Work Will You Do?

• Produce creative images under pressure.
• Produce images using traditional techniques.
• Produce images using electronic techniques.
• Produce images for magazines, advertising, weddings and posters.

What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?

• Use current Photoshop software to produce finished images.
• Be able to take a project from start to finish.
• Work with a diverse group of people.
• Make necessary changes to bring work up to industry standards.

What Else Should I Consider about this Program or Career Choice?

• Be able to work on more than one project at a time.
• Require hours at work and home to complete projects.
• Produce accurate work with original ideas.
• Will need to update tools as technology changes.
• Average starting salary $28,490 (Bureau of Labor http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/photographers.htm).

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in or allow discrimination covered by law. This includes harassment based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy and marital status), sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability and genetic information. Veteran status in educational programs, activities, employment practices, or admission procedures is also included to the extent covered by law. Individuals who believe they have been discriminated against may file a complaint through the College Discrimination Complaint Procedure. Complaint forms may be obtained from the Campus Provost’s office, the Academic Deans’ office, the Judicial Officer, or the EEO/AA Officer, Human Resources. For information about the ADA, the Section 504/ADA Coordinator can be contacted at 515-964-6857. For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850.

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