Photography Certificate

This certificate provides both aesthetic and commercial applications of photography. Beginning in the first semester, students will learn how to take pictures on assignment. Beginning, intermediate and advanced photography classes are offered in addition to core courses.

This certificate provides students with a primary technical specialty. Students completing this certificate can, by taking selected general education courses and a secondary technical specialty, have the opportunity to obtain an Associate Degree in Occupational Technology with a major in General Technology. Students should meet with their advisor(s) to select the proper courses to meet their particular educational goals.

Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ARV 110 Computer Graphics I 3.0
ARV 114 Photography I 3.0
ARV 121 Design 3.0
ARV 123 Composition and Color 3.0
ARV 162 Graphic Reproduction I 3.0
ARV 214 Photography II 3.0
ARV 215 Photography III 3.0
ARV 265 Graphics Art Portfolio 1.0
CGC 106 Typography I 3.0
CWE 112 Cooperative Work Experience I 2.0
MKT 240 Advertising 3.0
Subtotal 30.0
Total Credit Hours 30.0

Updated 3/23/2017

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

Students will learn and work with the aesthetic and commercial application of photography in today’s market. Industry standard software will be used to train students in the proper workflow and manipulation of digital files.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1. Recognize and describe the design software tools and procedures.

2. Conceptualize, Design, and Create standalone design elements as assigned.

3. Create a professional portfolio of work that showcases skills in Design, Computer graphics, Illustration techniques, Typography applications, and Photography for seeking employment.

4. Demonstrate the ability to organize, archive, and retrieve data using current computer technologies. 

5. Demonstrate understanding and working knowledge of full manual control of DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex.)


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Advisement Information

Program notes

  • The best time to start this program is fall, however students can start any semester if they have the required prerequisites for the classes they want to take.  Note that even though many ARV classes have no prerequisites, a very good grasp of basic computer use and navigation along with basic verbal, grammar and spelling skills are required for success in this curriculum.

  • Some level of proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite is highly recommended. If a student has had none or limited exposure to this software, CPT 160 or CPT 161 is recommended prior to enrollment in ARV courses.

  • Students may wish to use this certificate to fulfill requirements for the Associate in Occupational Technology degree, with a major in General Technology.

Notes about individual classes

  • The English required for this program is ENG 165. Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165. ENG 101, a class which is more likely to transfer, can be substituted for ENG 165 if the student is considering pursuing a four-year degree in the future.

  • CPT 101 is a prerequisite for ARV 110, and RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.Information about CPT 101: CPT 101 will use Office 2013. CPT 101 students must purchase an access code for MyITLab, a learning management system that is used for CPT 101. The CPT 101 access code is good for six months. RDG 100 or RWR 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101.

  • Developmental or transitional classes, if needed, should be scheduled around program classes.

Notes about other requirements

  • Students will be responsible for obtaining a quality digital camera, photo quality printing paper, ink, and access to a color printer. The instructor will provide details.

  • Several investments must be made for a future in commercial arts, including a computer, a digital camera, portable external hard drives, etc.


  • The Program Director for this certificate is Kendall Adams.

  • You may also contact Tommy Gortney for information about this program.


Advisement Information updated 2/12/16