• Program: Professional Photography
  • Degree: Associate in Applied Science Degree
  • Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
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The Professional Portrait & Wedding Photography Associate in Applied Science Degree is an in-depth Photography Program. The curriculum for the Professional Portrait & Wedding Photography degree is designed to develop the aspiring photographer`s shooting skills, with emphasis on building technical abilities as well as the liberal education studies. Persistence and motivation are keys to securing employment and advancement.

Career Opportunities

The courses of study in the Professional Portrait & Wedding Photography degree are designed to train the graduate for an entry-level position as a well-rounded professional photographer with the ability to think through and solve the many technical and esthetic problems associated with this very conceptual and inventive career field. As a photographer`s assistant or photographer, job opportunities exist in privately owned studios or as a self-employed small business owner.

Award Outcomes:

  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior.
  • Produce a photographic portfolio.
  • Communicate effectively with clients.
  • Think critically in solving problems.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of professional photographic equipment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of photographic software programs.
  • Utilize photographic light modifying devices.
  • Demonstrate photographic workflow proficiency.
  • Create highest quality photographic images.
  • Develop a personal photographic style.
  • Understand role and function as part of a creative team.

Required Credits

Technical Studies Requirements 42 Credits
General Education Requirements 9 Credits

Elective Credits

Technical Studies Electives 3 Credits
  • Any PRPO course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective.
General Education Electives 6 Credits
  • Hennepin Technical College‚Äôs 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

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