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Digital Photography Bachelor of Science

The Art Institute of California—Hollywood, a campus of Argosy University can help you prepare for it.

Program Overview

The Digital Photography program teaches you composition, lighting, and equipment use, utilizing a digital camera and software. Darkroom techniques, color, and design are explored both on location and in a studio. You’ll develop business skills as you fine-tune your eye for detail. Graduates are prepared to seek entry-level employment such as a digital photographer, industrial photographer, photo lab technician, or photojournalist.
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Program Description

The bachelor’s degree Program in Digital Photography reflects the continued impact of technology in the photography industry and the breadth of skills needed by graduates to maintain and increase marketability and success upon completion of their degree. Specifically, this program model contains: • Courses focused on the increased level of skill and expertise required in areas such as digital color management, digital asset management, lighting, composition, and image manipulation to provide a strong technical and creative foundation • Courses that focus on a breadth of related skills in web, and time-based media that supplement and enhance photographic foundations • Courses in business fundamentals, business operations and marketing with competencies in communications skills, ethics and professional behavior needed by photographers, especially those who are self-employed • Courses that develop the ability to communicate a concept through the unique attributes of photography and visual design • An opportunity for an internship related to their chosen profession • Three elective courses on special topics related to students’ areas of interest such as documentary, fashion, food styling, wedding and event photography Program Objectives Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will have the opportunity to: • Produce a portfolio of original work for current media and multiple platforms, demonstrating industry standards, personal interest and career specialization • Articulate how they place themselves and their work within a historical and cultural context • Use problem-solving processes to produce visually compelling imagery reflective of their personal styles and visions • Demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan and implement marketing strategies and a business model reflective of industry standards, while demonstrating personal motivation and ethical practices • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the theory of applied photography and demonstrate practical technical excellence gained in their various areas of photographic studies • Demonstrate the ability to use photographic equipment and software correctly, including proper usage of image manipulation and digital illustration Graduation Requirements To receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Photography, students must: receive a passing grade or credit for all required coursework; earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits; achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher; meet portfolio or other requirements as outlined by the program; and satisfy all financial obligations to The Art Institute.
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Students need to meet all requirements. The Art Grant is not offered at all Art Institute schools and the grant amounts vary by location; check with the school you’re considering attending for exceptions and details.

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