Subject: A woman photographer in action with her camera and lighting equipment, a small business photography studio.

Associate of Arts in Visual Arts Emphasis in Commercial Photography

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The Associate of Arts in Visual Arts Degree with emphasis in Commercial Photography enables students to pursue a career or interest in Photography. The degree provides knowledge of the photographic process from creation to the output of the image. The degree provides practical experience in product, portrait, and location photography. There is additional emphasis on a broad academic base needed to inform the artistic process and lay the groundwork for further study. The degree prepares the student to transfer to a four year college, university, art school or to begin work in the field of commercial photography.

 

 

Art Studio Requirements (12 credit hours)

ART 107 Two Dimensional Design  3 credits
ART 160 Basic Photography  3 credits
ART 170 Image Manipulation: Photoshop  3 credits
ART 260 Advanced Photography*  3 credits

 

Art Studio Electives (Choose 9 credit hours)

ART 104 Object Drawing 3 credits
ART 105 Drawing and Creativity  3 credits
ART 108 Three Dimensional Design  3 credits
ART 115 Introduction to Graphic Design  3 credits
ART 116 Color for Graphic Design  3 credits
ART 172 Digital Illustration*  3 credits
ART 210 Life Drawing*  3 credits
ART 231 Sculpture*  3 credits
ART 240 Painting  3 credits
ART 241 Printmaking: Intaglio and Relief  3 credits
ART 242 Watercolor I  3 credits
ART 243 Watercolor II*  3 credits
ART 244 Oil Painting I  3 credits
ART 245 Oil Painting II*  3 credits
ART 246 Printmaking: Silk Screen  3 credits
ART 252 Pastel I  3 credits
ART 253 Pastel II*  3 credits
ART 274 Typography*  3 credits
ART 276 Advertising Design  3 credits

 

Capstone Course (2 required credit hours)

 ART 290 Portfolio*  2 credits

 

History of Art (8 required credit hours)

ART 220 History of Art I* 4 credits
ART 221 History of Art II* 4 credits

 

Communications (6 credit hours)

COM 140 Speech 3 credits
OR
COM 150 Public Speaking 3 credits
ENG 121 English Composition I* 3 credits
ENG 122 English Composition II* 3 credits

 

Computer Literacy (4 credits hours required)

CIS 101 Introduction to Computers & Software 4 credits

 

Humanities (choose 4 credit hours)

ENG 201, 233 or 234 Literature Classes* 4 credits
HIST 101 Western Civilization I: Ancient World to 1715* 4 credits
HIST 102 Western Civilization II: Europe c. 1700 to Present* 4 credits
HUM 101 Modern Culture and the Arts* 4 credits
HUM 234 World Mythologies 4 credits
LNG 161, 162, 163 or 261 4 credits
MUS 150 Music Appreciation* 4 credits
PHIL 210 Ethics* 4 credits
PHIL 230 Introduction to Philosophy* 3 credits
REL 231, 232 or 233 4 credits

 

Mathematics (choose 4 credit hours)

MATH 104 Intermediate Algebra* 4 credits
MATH 105 Fundamentals of Modern Math* 4 credits
MATH 117 Finite Mathematics* 4 credits
MATH 151 College Algebra* 4 credits
MATH 161 Calculus I and Analytic Geometry* 4 credits
MATH 162 Calculus II and Analytic Geometry* 4 credits
MATH 201 Introduction to Statistics* 3 credits

 

Social Science (choose 8 credit hours from 2 different prefixes)

ANTH 201 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology* 4 credits
ECON 203 Principles of Economics (Micro)* 4 credits
ECON 204 Principles of Economics (Macro)* 4 credits
HIST 101 Western Civilization I: Ancient World to 1715* 4 credits
HIST 102 Western Civilization II: Europe c. 1700 to Present* 4 credits
HIST 201 U.S. History I: European Colonization to 1877* 4 credits
HIST 202 U.S. History II: Reconstruction to the Present* 4 credits
HIST 204 History of Michigan* 4 credits
PSI 110 American Government & Political Science* 4 credits
PSI 111 State and Local Government* 3 credits
PSY 101 Psychology* 4 credits
PSY 201 Psychology & Personality* 3 credits
PSY 210 Human Growth & Development* 4 credits
PSY 220 Abnormal Psychology* 4 credits
PSY 250 Human Sexuality* 4 credits
PSY 260 Social Psychology* 4 credits
SOC 120 Principles of Sociology* 4 credits
SOC 121 Modern Social Problems* 4 credits
SOC 220 Marriage & Family* 4 credits

 

Natural Science (choose 4 credit hours with labs)

BIO 120 Biology* 4 credits
BIO 121 General Biology I* 4 credits
BIO 122 General Biology II* 4 credits
BIO 125 Environment and Society* 3 credits
BIO 201 Ecology* 4 credits
BIO 210 Anatomy & Physiology I* 4 credits
BIO 211 Anatomy & Physiology II* 4 credits
BIO 212 Pathophysiology* 4 credits
BIO 230 Microbiology* 4 credits
CHEM 130 Chemistry* 4 credits
CHEM 133 General Chemistry I* 4 credits
CHEM 134 General Chemistry II* 4 credits
GEOG 142 Physical Geography* 4 credits
GEOL 145 Physical Geology* 4 credits
PHYS 144 Astronomy* 4 credits
PHYS 251 Physics I* AND 4 credits
PHYS 252 Physics I Lab* 1 credit
PHYS 253 Physics II* AND 4 credits
PHYS 254 Physics II Lab* 1 credit
Total: 64 credits
*Course has a prerequisite

Effective: Fall 2013
Current/Updated as: 3/17/16

 

 

Employment Information

Is this for me?
Photographers have an interest
and eye for design. They must
be effective communicators in
order to be able to work with
and understand the intent of
many different clients. They
work in different environments
and are masters of the technical
tools and techniques available
to them to meet the deadlines
and demands of the clients.

 

You don’t take a
photograph, you make it.Ansel Adams

Commercial photographers combine today’s technological tools with creativity to produce compelling images that promote a business or sell a product or service. Commercial photographers may be employed in large corporations, newspapers or smaller businesses such as advertising agencies or public relations firms.

Trained in digital imaging and editing, commercial photographers enhance and alter images through an array of software programs. They combine photos with text and other design elements to create the final image. They may work in a studio or at client locations.

In 2010, over 60 percent of photographers were self-employed. Those who own their own business need to have entrepreneurial skills to manage the business and sharp marketing skills to be able to promote their work and business.

There exists a broader range of demand for promotional photographs today than ever before. Advertisements may be produced for newspaper, magazines, television or billboards, as as well as for websites and online usage.

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 57,000 photographers were employed in the U.S. The average mean salary was $36,370 for the year.


Commercial Photography at Glen Oaks
The Associate of Arts in Visual Arts Degree with emphasis in Commercial Photography enables students to pursue a career or interest in photography. The degree provides knowledge of the photographic process from creation to the output of the image. The degree provides practical experience in product, portrait, and location photography. There is additional emphasis on a broad academic base needed to inform the artistic process and lay the groundwork for further study. The degree prepares the student to transfer to a four-year college, university, art school or to begin work in the field of commercial photography.
 

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