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2016-2017 Course Catalog 
2016-2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photography, AAS

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The Photography AAS program is designed to prepare students for employment as commercial photographers. Students gain basic and advanced knowledge in digital photography, commercial photography, portrait photography, and photojournalism along with advanced editing processes. Students gain a broad understanding of traditional techniques while developing your own personal style. 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 by taking Reading and English sections of the COMPASS test and taking the ALEKS math placement test.
    • Obtain a minimum COMPASS Reading score of 61 or a minimum ACT Reading score of 14.
    • Obtain a minimum ALEKS placement score of 30% or a minimum ACT Math score of 14.
    • Obtain a minimum COMPASS English score of 42 or a minimum ACT Writing score of 14.
  3. Attend a required photography program information session.

Graduation Requirements

To earn a Photography AAS degree, a student must complete all coursework as prescribed and maintain a 2.0 grade point average. Students are required to produce a portfolio of photography work that demonstrates their ability to conceptualize and produce a variety of creative and effective photography.

Semester 3

Option 1 - Select 1 Course

Semester 5

Total Credits Required to Complete this Degree - 64

Fixed Costs

Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$147.00 per credit

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

Varied Costs

Costs Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3 Semester 4 Semester 5
Books (approx) 200 250 250 250 250
Supplies 150 200 200 200 200
Equipment 400 200 150 150 150
Camera, lenses 550-1500        
Portfolio       300 300

Approximate total for the program: $13,758-$14,708*

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

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 Degree?

  • 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 $30,490-$42,000 per year (Bureau of Labor http://www.bls.gov/ooh/media-and-communication/photographers.htm).

Nondiscrimination Policy

Des Moines Area Community College shall not engage in nor allow discrimination covered by law against any person, group or organization. This includes in employment, hiring practices or the provision of services, and harassment or discrimination 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 may be contacted at 515-964-6857.  For Title IX questions and concerns contact 515-964-6850. (2016)

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