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Associate Degree in Photography

Delaware County Community College (DCCC)
Associate's degree
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Program description

Associate Degree in Photography

The Photography program develops professional image-makers through student-centered inquiry and practice in visual communication. Studies in Photography encompass the history, critical and aesthetic theory, and varied practices of photography as a medium of visual communication and expression in a diverse cultural society. Students explore a variety of photographic formats, including 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 view cameras and acquire experience in black-and-white, color, alternative, and digital imaging processes using state of the art methods, tools and facilities. The Associate of Fine Arts Degree will prepare students to transfer into a 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts program. Students will be provided with all foundation-level studio courses with a primary concentration in photography. First-year requirements must be satisfied before beginning second-year course work.

Program content

First Semester

  • Two Dimensional Design
  • Drawing I
  • Photography I
  • English Composition I


  • Mathematics Elective

Second Semester

  • Color and Design
  • Three Dimensional Design
  • Photography II for A.F.A. Majors
  • Drawing II
  • Art from the Ancient Worlds through the Middle Ages
  • Art from the Renaissance through Contemporary Times

Third Semester

  • Digital Imaging
  • Digital Photography I
  • Alternative Processes


  • Social Science/Humanities elective
  • Laboratory Science Elective

Fourth Semester

  • Digital Photography II
  • Medium and Large Format Photography
  • Portfolio Presentation
  • History of Photography
  • Public Speaking


  • Mathematics Elective

Scholarships & funding

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Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with camera skills sufficient to produce consistent quality photographic imagery.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in materials and processes used in photography.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the history of photography from the 19th century to present day and its function in visual culture in the context of global art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of two and three dimensional design, color theory, drawing and art historical references.
  • Practice critical thinking skills through the production and evaluation of artwork.
  • Produce a portfolio demonstrating a coherent personal vision and visual literacy.

The degree Associate in Fine Arts is awarded upon successful completion of the photography course sequence with a grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) or better in all ART courses. ART courses with a grade lower than “C” must be repeated.

Continuing studies

Any remediation in Reading, English or Mathematics must be completed before beginning third semester courses.

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Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

Delaware County Community College (DCCC) is a public two-year college in Media, Pennsylvania, with a current enrollment of 12,500 students (including 200 international students from over 50 countries). Offering over 40 degree programs, students can complete a two-year associate degree...

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Delaware County Community College (DCCC)

901 S. Media Line Rd
PA 19063 Media Pennsylvania
United States of America

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