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Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

Photography, Associate in Fine Arts

Effective: Fall, 2016

The Photography program develops professional image-makers through student-centered inquiry and practice in visual communication. Studies in Photography encompass the history, critical and aesthetic theory, and varied practices of photography as a medium of visual communication and expression in a diverse cultural society. Students explore a variety of photographic formats, including 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 view cameras and acquire experience in black-and-white, color, alternative, and digital imaging processes using state of the art methods, tools and facilities. The Associate of Fine Arts Degree will prepare students to transfer into a 4 year Bachelor of Fine Arts program.  Students will be provided with all foundation-level studio courses with a primary concentration in photography. First-year requirements must be satisfied before beginning second-year course work.

Any remediation in Reading, English or Mathematics must be completed before beginning third semester courses.  

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with camera skills sufficient to produce consistent quality photographic imagery.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in materials and processes used in photography.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the history of photography from the 19th century to present day and its function in visual culture in the context of global art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of two and three dimensional design, color theory, drawing and art historical references.
  • Practice critical thinking skills through the production and evaluation of artwork.
  • Produce a portfolio demonstrating a coherent personal vision and visual literacy.

The degree Associate in Fine Arts is awarded upon successful completion of the photography course sequence with a grade of “C” (2.0 GPA) or better in all ART courses. ART courses with a grade lower than “C” must be repeated. 

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First Semester (15-16 credits)

ART 122 - Two Dimensional Design3
ART 130 - Drawing I3
ART 133 - Photography I3
ENG 100 - English Composition I3
Mathematics Elective (3-4 credits) see list below

Third Semester (16 credits)

ART 211 - Digital Imaging3
ART 236 - Digital Photography I3
ART 237 - Alternative Processes3
Social Science/Humanities elective (3 credits) see list below
Laboratory Science Elective (4 credits) see list below

Total Credits: 61-63

Mathematics Elective: Choose 1 from:
MAT 120 - Modern College Mathematics
MAT 121 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MAT 151 - College Algebra
MAT 152 - Precalculus
MAT 160 - Calculus I
MAT 210 - Statistics

Social Science/Humanities Elective: Choose 1 from:
HIS 110 - American History I
HIS 120 - American History II
HIS 150 - World Civilizations I
HIS 160 - World Civilizations II
HUM 160 - Introduction to World Religions
SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology
SOC 120 - Social Problems
SOC 180 - Sociology of Marriage and The Family

Laboratory Science Elective: Choose 1 from:
BIO 100 - Biological Sciences
BIO 102 - Humans and the Environment
BIO 110 - General Biology I
BIO 150 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
CHE 101 - Introduction to General Chemistry
CHE 110 - General Chemistry I
ESS 100 - Earth Science
ESS 110 - Physical Geology
PHY 110 - College Physics I
PHY 131 - University Physics I