DigitalPhotography

I want to harness the power of images.

One day, you picked up a camera. And you’ve never put it down. You were captured by the magic of telling stories with pictures. There’s a market for people who constantly find innovative ways to fill the world with their ideas, impressions, and insights. And Digital Photography can help you make a positive impression when you’re ready to match your talents against the competition. From the very start, we’ll guide your development, both creatively and technically. You’ll work with technology similar to what professionals use—it’s a step-by-step process that’s all about preparing you for a future when you can do what you love. You’ll be surrounded and inspired by other talented, creatively driven students. And you’ll be pushed, challenged, and, above all else, supported by experienced faculty* who are focused on your success.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty & instructors.

Degrees Offered

Associate of Science in Digital Photography

Quarter Credit Hours:
92
Timeframe:
6 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Associate of Science in Digital Photography

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4500 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Professional Presentation: Graduates will produce a basic portfolio of original work demonstrating industry standards.
  • Visual Communication: Graduates will use problem-solving processes to produce visually compelling imagery reflective of their personal styles and visions.
  • Business Skills: Graduates will demonstrate the ability to conceptualize, plan and implement marketing strategies and a business model reflective of entry-level standards, while demonstrating personal motivation and ethical practices.

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Bachelor of Science in Digital Photography

Quarter Credit Hours:
180
Timeframe:
12 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Bachelor of Science in Digital Photography

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/4501 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Professional Presentation: Graduates will be able to produce a portfolio of original work for current media and multiple platforms, demonstrating industry standards, personal interest and career specialization.
  • Critical Thinking: Graduates will be able to articulate how they place themselves and their work within a historical and cultural context.
  • Visual Communication: Graduates will be able to use problem-solving processes to produce visually compelling imagery reflective of their personal styles and visions.
  • Business Skills: Graduates will 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.
  • Knowledge: Graduates will demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the theory of applied photography and demonstrate practical technical excellence gained in their various areas of photographic studies.
  • Digital Skills: Graduates demonstrate the ability to use photographic equipment and software correctly, including proper usage of image manipulation and digital illustration.

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Certificate in Digital Workflow

Quarter Credit Hours:
39
Timeframe:
4 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes:

Certificate in Digital Workflow

Outcomes:

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3468 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Meet industry standards for exposing, processing, and outputting a high quality digital image based on client needs.
  • Provide assistance to an established photographer by managing and executing the digital processing needed by the studio.
  • Present a competitive portfolio that meets market standards for entry-level employment in the digital imaging and processing photography sector.

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Certificate in Portrait Photography

Quarter Credit Hours:
42
Timeframe:
4 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Certificate in Portrait Photography

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3469 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Meet industry standards for creating professional portraits using appropriate lighting solutions based on client needs.
  • Assist in managing the complex tasks of a commercial portrait photography studio.
  • Present a competitive portfolio that meets market standards for entry-level employment in the portrait photography sector.

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Certificate in Studio Photography

Quarter Credit Hours:
42
Timeframe:
4 Quarters

Gainful Employment

Outcomes

Certificate in Studio Photography

Outcomes

See ge.artinstitutes.edu/programoffering/3470 for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

  • Meet industry standards for creating studio photographs using appropriate lighting solutions on client demand.
  • Assist in managing the complex tasks of a commercial photography studio.
  • Present a competitive portfolio that meets market standards for entry-level employment.

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Classroom Experience

I get the picture. And I'm up for the challenge.

Glamour, excitement and travel? Maybe. But our program is designed for students who find a certain thrill in putting in long hours, overcoming tough competition, and meeting tight deadlines—all in the pursuit of their passion. To help prepare you for the real world of photography, we’ll start you out with basics like composition, lighting, darkroom techniques, color and design, and the fundamentals of digital photography. We’ll help you apply what you learn both in studios and on location, in natural and artificial light, and in digital formats. You’ll work with tools including digital cameras, slide and transparency scanners, and image manipulation software. See our gainful employment pages for possible careers that match the program that interests you.

What Will I Study?

Show me how to tell stories. One frame at a time.

Photography isn’t a hobby. It’s a craft pursued by hard-working, talented professionals who share not just a curiosity about the world, but a commitment to constantly adapting and improving. The Digital Photography curriculum will sharpen your creative edge and technical skills as you study:

  • Digital Photography
  • Color Management
  • Studio Photography
  • Location Photography
  • Portraiture
  • Digital Darkroom
  • Natural & Artificial Light
  • Digital Image Management
  • Editorial Photography
  • Documentary Photography
  • Business of Photography
  • Studio Techniques


I'm looking for my proving ground.

At The Art Institutes system of schools, creativity is our core, our calling, our culture. Our Digital Photography degree programs are built on that creative foundation. It’s also built on our knowledge that a creative career is not for the faint of heart. It’s a daily struggle to champion your ideas and earn your place among the best in your profession. Because it’s tough out there, it’s tough in here. But we’ll support you along every step of your journey. We provide the mentoring and real-world experience you need to prevail, with faculty* who’ve worked in the field, as well as internship possibilities. You’ll be encouraged and expected to be bold. To take risks. To push yourself and the people around you. It won’t be easy. In fact, it’ll be the hardest thing you’ll ever love.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty & instructors.

 

Photography is an extremely fast-paced career when it comes to new technology. Harlen Capen
Digital Photography, The Art Institute of Virginia Beach, a branch of The Art Institute of Atlanta, 2015