This program prepares students for careers in photography. Areas of study include portrait, fashion, product, location, editorial, and fine art photography. Students develop proficiency in image capture, digital image compositions, photo retouching, and restoration, digital workflow, and color management. Students are taught a variety of advanced commercial and fine art photography and lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and other professional software applications.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Science in Graphic Communication and Photography
All the professors are really nice. You can go to them with anything. I liked that a lot of the classes are project-based and you do hands-on work.Elizabeth Lolos, Class of 2018, Tiger Press, East Longmeadow
The Graphic Arts Technology Department offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in printing, publishing, advertising, and commercial photography. The program courses cover a wide cross section of imaging technologies, from traditional printing and print preparation techniques through the latest digital processes, including studio based digital photography. They combine a strong theoretical foundation with hands-on laboratory experiences in practical application.
An associate degree in Graphic Communication and Photography will provide the education necessary to begin a successful career in the graphic arts industry, as well as many of the diverse emerging imaging technologies such as the Internet. Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as other institutions offering programs in the various imaging technologies, accepts credits from the STCC Graphic Arts Technology program toward their advanced degree programs.
The program offers three options, one in Graphic Design, one in Digital Photography, and one in Web and Advertising Design as well as two Certificates of Completion in Digital Publishing and Graphic Arts Technology. Minimum Grade Requirement: The minimum passing grade for any individual course in this program shall be a "C-" (70%). The minimum average for graduation from the program is a "C" (73%).
The Digital Photography Option prepares students for fast-paced careers in commercial studio photography, including portrait photography, product photography, digital image modification, photo-restoration, photo-retouching, digital workflow, and image preparation for final output. The student will also develop proficiencies in various lighting and image capture techniques, as well as skills with professional imaging software programs. Courses in typography, layout, graphic design, and website design - including HTML and interactive media techniques - are also included in the program.
Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Graphic Communication and Photography will be awarded