Photography

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Brenda Newhouse

Residential Faculty - Computer Graphics

This program is part of the Art Department.

Field of Interest

Field of Interest: Visual and Performing Arts
Photography

When you look around, do you see the world through the eyes of an artist and envision dramatic scenes and fantastic images that you must capture? If so, photography may be your true calling.

Our Photography program covers the artistic, technical, and business side of the art form. You’ll learn from established photographers who’ll teach you techniques, as well as composition and design, to effectively communicate ideas and information to a variety of audiences for both artistic and commercial purposes.

You’ll learn about specialized camera and equipment operation and maintenance, along with applications for commercial and industrial needs. The program offers a wide range of digital and traditional photography classes. You’ll develop an understanding of exposure principles, camera operations and functions, digital photographic materials, film-based strategies, studio lighting, and the basics of running a freelance photography business.

Whether you seek to become a skilled artist, hope to work as a freelance, wedding, or commercial photographer, or plan to be a photography editor, assistant, or photo lab technician, take the first step in your journey today.

The Right Pathway for You

MCC offers Certificates of Completion and Associate Degrees for this program. Your interests and goals will guide you in selecting the pathway that is ideal for you. You may find a combination of certificates or degrees is the fastest way to realize your dreams.

Certificate

The knowledge and skills acquired while earning a Certificate of Completion (CCL) can help launch you into a new career or energize your current job. Generally requiring fewer credit hours than degrees or transfer programs, a CCL may be your best first step into higher education.

A list of available certificates offered in the Photography program
Name Type Title Courses
Certificate of Completion CCL Digital Arts: Digital Photography

Degree

MCC’s associate degrees enhance your resume and prepare you to enter the workforce with an advantage. Whether you are interested in simply completing basic, required college courses or specializing in a specific area, there’s a degree for you.

A list of available associate degrees offered in the Photography program
Name Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Photography

Career Opportunities

Successful completion of a degree or certificate within the Photography program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages*. Some occupations may require additional education or training. You can click on any occupation to view more detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

Painters, Sculptors, Illustrators, and Other Fine Artists

$18,562

Photographic Process Workers and Processing Machine Operators

$40,137

Postsecondary Art, Drama, and Music Teachers

$63,446

* Career and wage information provided by Emsi using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Emsi’s proprietary analytical processes. Emsi’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Financial Aid

You can get a high-quality, affordable education. MCC’s low tuition rates and various financial aid opportunities make it possible. Explore federal and state grants, Federal Work-Study, scholarships, student loans, and other options today.

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