Photography, A.S.

The MSJC Photography program offers adult learners digital production and workflow skills. Photography students are immersed in project-based, active, and real-world production challenges as well as creative skill set development. Career-oriented photographers embark on a path of inquiry that explores visual communication by creating images with professional visual impact, industry-standard quality, and mastery of digital asset management.


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MSJC General Education Option A 

Plan of Study Grid
Fall Semester 1Units
PHOT-125 Digital Photography Production I 3
ENGL-101 College Composition (formerly Freshman Composition) 4
DIG-110 Introduction to Digital Media 3
CSCR-116 Integrative Career/Life Planning (formerly GUID-116) 3
COMM-100 Public Speaking 3
Spring Semester 1
ART-120 2D Design 3
HIST/THA-136 Cultural History of American Motion Pictures 3
PHOT-524 Digital Photography Production II (formerly PHOT-224) 3
PS-101 Introduction to American Government and Politics 3
MATH-115 Ideas of Mathematics 3
Fall Semester 2
PHOT-530 History of Still Photography (formerly PHOT-130) 3
PHOT-525 Digital Photography Production III (formerly PHOT-225) 3
ANTH-101 Physical Anthropology 3
ART-104 World Art 3
PHOT-790 Digital Imaging Studio Laboratory (formerly PHOT-090) 1
DIG-190 Video Production I (formerly Digital Video Design I) 3
Spring Semester 2
PHOT-791 Professional Production Studio Laboratory (formerly PHOT-091) 1
BADM-104 Business Communications 3
DIG-180 Digital Media Design (formerly MUL-112 Interactive Media Design I) 3
DIG-592 Digital Video Design II (formerly DIG-191) 3
DIG-181 Social Media Marketing (formerly DIG-581) 3
 Total Units60

An Associate Degree in this program requires students to follow MSJC's General Education, Option A and complete all general education areas, all major requirements, and complete an overall total of 60 degree applicable units with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Course Title Credits
MSJC General Education Option A24
Required Photography Courses15
Photography Electives3
Electives (as needed to reach 60 units)
Course Title Credits
Required Courses
ART-1202D Design3
DIG-110Introduction to Digital Media3
PHOT-125Digital Photography Production I3
PHOT-524Digital Photography Production II (formerly PHOT-224)3
PHOT-525Digital Photography Production III (formerly PHOT-225)3
PHOT-790Digital Imaging Studio Laboratory (formerly PHOT-090)1
Select three units of the following:3
Video Production I
Business Communications
Honors Business Communications
Digital Media Design (formerly MUL-112 Interactive Media Design I)
Cooperative Work Experience: Digital Media (formerly DIG-149)
3D Animation (formerly DIG-170)
Digital Media Capstone
Cultural History of American Motion Pictures
Special Projects: Photography
History of Still Photography (formerly PHOT-130)
Professional Production Studio Laboratory (formerly PHOT-091)
Total Units19

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