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Photography - Technical Diploma

Program Code: 312031

As a Photography program graduate, you will be prepared for a variety of photography careers. You will be skilled in the latest digital technologies and have the business skills necessary to succeed. Career choices include portrait and wedding photographer, nature photographer, sport and event photographer, product photographer, digital artist and fine art photographer.

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this technical diploma:
• Digital Photography, 902031
• Digital Photography-Advanced, 902032

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Employment Potential

A graduate of this program will have the potential for employment in the following areas:

Portrait Photographer

Wedding Photographer

Photojournalist

Nature Photographer

Sports Photographer

Event Photographer

Commercial Photographer

Digital Imaging Specialist

Digital Artist

Freelance Photographer: initiates entrepreneurial work with self-established client base. Construct and direct a professional photo shoot driven by client requirements including image capturing. Specializes in one or two areas listed above.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application.
• High school transcript or equivalent. (For a list of equivalents, go to www.nwtc.edu/gettingstarted.)
• Computer familiarity and ability to use a keyboard and mouse.
• Strong computer skills.
• Students should have mastered basic math skills (whole numbers, fractions, decimals, percents, measurements).
• As a requirement for program entry, an Academic Skills Assessment (Accuplacer) with appropriate benchmark scores is necessary. Program Benchmarks are Arithmetic: 65; Reading Comprehension: 55; Sentence Skills: 75. Students not meeting these benchmarks or the equivalent will be required to establish an individualized academic plan. Students may have the opportunity to enroll in selected program core courses while completing their individualized plan. Upon completion of the plan, students will be eligible for all program courses. However, higher test scores will lead to greater success in core program courses. To learn more about these assessments and program benchmark scores, please contact a counselor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESpring 2017Summer 2017Fall 2017
Green Bay
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Digital Photography technical diploma in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-111-101
Photoshop Fundamentals
3
10-111-101 PHOTOSHOP FUNDAMENTALS ...perform raster Image Editing. Course content covers functions of Adobe Photoshop. Create image selections, extractions and composite files using Adobe software, and apply common photo adjustments using fundamental design solutions, creating composite images. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-145-185
Organizing Your Small Business
3
10-145-185 ORGANIZING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS ...the components of small business ownership; examining a variety of small business startup and operation scenarios. Assesses your own readiness to begin the entrepreneurial adventure. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-203-104
Photography-Digital
3
10-203-104 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL ...capturing digital images, exposure, shutter speed, aperture, composition, camera operations, lenses, lighting, camera accessories, types of photography, photo challenges, importing, editing and storing images. Access to a digital camera required. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-804-123
Math w Business Apps
3
10-804-123 MATH W BUSINESS APPS...real numbers; basic operations; proportions/one variable; percents, simple/compound interest; annuity; apply math concepts to purchasing/buying process, selling process; and basic statistics with business/consumer applications. (Prerequisites: Accuplacer Arithmetic=65 or ACT-Math =15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Accuplacer Reading=55 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 or Intro to College Writing with "B" or better OR equivalent)
10-890-101
College 101
1
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...develops tools and strategies that support success in college. Focuses on study skills, college resources, goal setting, time management, and learning styles. Introduces concepts for self assessing learning and completing an Exit Assessment that provides evidence that learning took place. Students should take this course prior to or during the first semester of their programs. 1 cr. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/J-Session/Spring
31-801-386
Communicating Effectively
1
31-801-386 COMMUNICATING EFFECTIVELY...interpersonal communication, including the function of interpersonal communication, listening techniques, perception, non-verbal communication, language, self-concept, conflict resolution and customer service. (Prerequisite: Accuplacer Sentence Skills=60 AND Accuplacer Reading=55 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR equivalent)
SEMESTER TOTAL
14
SECOND SEMESTER
10-104-119
Social Media Marketing
3
10-104-119 SOCIAL MEDIA MARKETING ...understand the social media revolution. This course will provide students with the practical knowledge and insights needed to successfully plan, implement, manage and measure social media marketing efforts. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-203-120
Photography-Landscape/Nature
1
10-203-120 PHOTOGRAPHY-LANDSCAPE AND NATURE ...photograph landscapes, wildlife, plant, waterways, close-ups of natural scenes and textures emphasizing aesthetic value. Techniques involved depth-of-field, shutter speed, lenses, lighting, HDR, editing. Topics include equipment, focal length, and ethics. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography Digital) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-203-122
Photography-Sports/Events
1
10-203-122 PHOTOGRAPHY-SPORTS AND EVENTS ...photograph a variety of sports and events for editorial and advertising purposes. Techniques involved aperture, shutter speed, lighting, focal lengths, bursting. Topics include equipment, location, storytelling, photojournalism, vernacular photography, etiquette. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography Digital) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-203-125
Photography-Night/Low Light
1
10-203-125 PHOTOGRAPHY-NIGHT AND LOW LIGHT ...photograph outdoor and indoor low-light situations and at night, including start trails, painting with light, street scenes, fireworks, parties, lightning. Techniques involved filters, exposure, color temperature, editing, and special effects. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography Digital) Course Typically Offered: Spring
10-203-178
Photography-Digital Advanced
3
10-203-178 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL ADVANCED ...advanced camera operations. Identify and control qualities of light. Setup and use multiple light setups with speedlights, strobes, and constants. Work with natural light and light modifiers. Basic posing techniques. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography-Digital) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-203-180
Photography-Digital Workflow
3
10-203-180 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL WORKFLOW ...(Adobe Lightroom) photo editing, image retouching, proofing, publishing, archiving. Techniques for sorting, ranking, organizing images, display images for client review, apply metadata, keep up-to-date online portfolio, color manage your workflow. (Prerequisite: 10-203-104, Photography-Digital) Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-203-187
Photography-Digital Editing
3
10-203-187 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL EDITING ...(Adobe Photoshop) digital editing through advanced tool usage and masking. Non-destructive editing through RAW and smart objects. Color adjustments, advanced retouching, automation, photorealism, creating reusable presets/compositions. (Prerequisite: 10-111-101, Photoshop Fundamentals) Course Typically Offered: Spring
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-145-189
Writing a Business Plan-Sm Bus
3
10-145-189 WRITING A BUSINESS PLAN-SMALL BUSINESS ...as a necessary component to beginning a small business, from addressing facets of the business plan, observing various types of plans, to realizing readiness to begin. Plan preparation/presentation are required. Course Typically Offered: Summer/Fall/Spring
10-203-100
Photography-Portfolio & Promo
1
10-203-100 PHOTOGRAPHY-PORTFOLIO AND PROMOTION ...present a business plan, pricing structure and portfolio, design business documents and marketing materials, setup computer business files and digital image file structures, explore job opportunities and create application materials. (Prerequisites: 10-203-178, Photography-Digital Advanced; 10-203-187, Photography-Digital Editing; Corequisites: 10-145-189, Writing a Business Plan-Small Business) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-203-121
Photography-Portrait
1
10-203-121 PHOTOGRAPHY-PORTRAIT ...photograph individuals, couples, and groups of all ages. Techniques and topics include lighting, flattering posing, directing subjects, portraiture styles. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-178, Photography-Digital Advanced) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-203-123
Photography-Commercial
1
10-203-123 PHOTOGRAPHY-COMMERCIAL ...photograph consumer products to meet layout specifications for promotions and publications. Techniques include set design, lighting three-dimensional objects. Topics include tabletop photography, food, and digital enhancement. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-178, Photography-Digital Advanced) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-203-124
Photography-Wedding
1
10-203-124 PHOTOGRAPHY-WEDDING ...photograph weddings in a digital world. Techniques include lighting, posing, photographic elements, traditional versus photojournalistic. Topics include equipment, indoor and outdoor locations, wedding day workflow, etiquette, and post-even workflow. You must have access to an SLR digital camera. (Prerequisite: 10-203-178, Photography-Digital Advanced) Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-203-126
Photography-DSLR Video
1
10-203-126 PHOTOGRAPHY-DSLR VIDEO ...video resolution and frame rates, DSLR video camera functions, achieving correct exposure and white balance, achieving good audio, composition and story development, video editing, creating a movie, movie delivery formats. Course Typically Offered: Fall
10-203-127
Photography-Print & Color Mgmt
1
10-203-127 PHOTOGRAPHY-PRINT & COLOR MGMT ...visual and digital color, gamut and color spaces, calibration and profiling techniques, color management workflow for photographers, choosing a printer, paper, printing labs, preparing and printing images. Course Typically Offered: Fall/Spring
10-203-189
Photography-Digital Editing Ad
3
10-203-189 PHOTOGRAPHY-DIGITAL EDITING ADVANCED ...this course will cover advanced functions of Adobe Photoshop image editing. (Prerequisite: 10-203-187, Photography-Digital Editing) Course Typically Offered: Fall
SEMESTER TOTAL
12
TOTAL CREDITS
41
Curriculum Note
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C or better.

Program Outcomes

• Capture professional digital images in diverse specialty areas.
• Critique and effectively communicate with images.
• Construct and direct a professional photo shoot.
• Produce mixed media slideshows.
• Edit images effectively and efficiently.
• Edit images at a professional level with commercial quality.
• Plan and present a business plan.
• Manage finances for a small business.
• Rate, organize, and archive images.

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