Photography Certificate of Achievement

PHOTOGRAPHY

Certificate of Achievement

(STATE CODE 36947)

 

PROGRAM INFORMATION

The photography program teaches visual communication including producing images that tell stories, illustrate ideas, record events, express moods, make a statement, shape contemporary culture and sell products. Traditionally photography was done with film and wet darkroom processes. We now have a state-of-the-art digital photo lab where students can use Apple Macintosh computers for image processing and printing, as is currently done in the industry. Students will learn photographic skills including lighting, image processing and printing. Skills learned will be further enhanced being part of the Pierce College Media Arts Department publications, the Roundup and the Bull.

Upon completion of this program, degree holders should be able to apply the skill sets in a variety of photography careers, such as commercial and advertising photography, photojournalism and other photography businesses. These skills are also applicable in journalism fields as well as film, television and electronic media. Specific careers related to this degree would include: Photographer; Portrait Photographer; Sports Photographer; Photo Studio Owner; Advertising Photographer; Commercial Photographer; Press Photographer; Photo Editor; Television Camera Operator; Magazine Features Editor; Graphic Designer; Medical Illustrator. Jobs where this could be useful include: Advertising Art Director; Film/Video Editor; Stylist; Visual Merchandiser; Web Content Manager; Web Designer; Digital Marketer.

GAINFUL EMPLOYMENT To find information about the careers for which this certificate prepares you, the costs associated with the program, median debt accumulated by students completing the program, and time to completion, please visit the Gainful Employment Disclosure website at: http://www.piercecollege.edu/departments/cate.asp PROGRAM

LEARNING OUTCOMES Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Using various photographic tools students will be able to produce photographs using various digital camera types and apply a variety of lighting techniques to the production of photographs. Students will also be able to produce photographs using various photographic papers and digital output.
  • Students will develop a personal visual style which will help them to create a portfolio and related materials for job preparation.
  • Students will be able to define business goals and self-promotion strategies to help them in job preparation. Additionally they will be able to describe successful working relationships with clients and subjects, to further this preparation.
  • Students will have sufficient mastery of one or more media to complete the technical and formal challenges pertinent to a body of original work and will be able to clearly communicate the content and context of their work visually, orally and in writing.

 

CERTIFICATE – REQUIRED COURSES

SUBJECT & NO.                       COURSE                                                           UNITS

PHOTO 009 Introduction to Cameras and Composition. . . . . . . . . ….. . . . . . 3

OR

PHOTO 101 Beginning Digital Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . … . . . . . 3

PHOTO 016* Fundamental Commercial Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 3

PHOTO 020 Beginning Photojournalism. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

PHOTO 027A History & Aesthetics of Photography A. . . . . . . . . … . .. . . . . . 3

OR

PHOTO 027B History & Aesthetics of Photography B. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

PHOTO 049A Photographic Digital Imaging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . … . . . . . . . . . 3

PHOTO 102* Advanced Digital Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 4

 

CERTIFICATE – ELECTIVE COURSES

SUBJECT & NO.                       COURSE                                                           UNITS

Choose one course from the following: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4

PHOTO 021* News Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

PHOTO 027A History & Aesthetics of Photography A. . . . . . . . . . . . . . … . . . . 3

PHOTO 027B History & Aesthetics of Photography B. . . . .. . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . 3

PHOTO 035 Travel Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 3

PHOTO 036* Documentary Photography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

PHOTO 037* Visual Journalism: Photography, Video and Multimedia. . …. …. 4

PHOTO 049B Advanced Photographic Digital Imaging. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 3

 

CERTIFICATE – TOTAL UNITS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . 23-24

*See Catalog course description for prerequisites and/or corequisites.