Digital Imaging

Digital Imaging photo

Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 30-203-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: Technical Diploma
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Digital Imaging Diploma


Focus on photography techniques and industry trends for composition, lighting and image manipulation as you prepare to enter the digital imaging field with the skills attained in this program.

As the industry continues to evolve, new job opportunities exist in professional-level still and video photography.

Your credits can be applied toward completing the Photography associate degree.

Additional program details: Owning a DSLR camera that meets coursework requirements is required. You should have normal color and depth perception, visualization ability, and a well-developed imagination with a talent for visual problem-solving. Clean work habits and studio maintenance skills, and good communication skills are important.

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Use professional equipment and methods to master the skills necessary for this highly visual, creative and exacting profession. MATC’s laboratory/studio areas have state-of-the-art traditional and digital cameras, lighting, processing and finishing equipment. Program requirements include an internship for real-world experience.

Detailed Program Information

2021-22 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
PHOTO-100 Introduction to Digital Photography 1
PHOTO-101 Digital Fundamental Photography 3
PHOTO-107 Photographic Trends 1
PHOTO-141 Photoshop for Photographers 1 3
MATH-123 Math With Business Applications ‡
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
PHOTO-108 Photographic Lighting ‡ 3
PHOTO-130 Photographic Composition 3
PHOTO-139 Measurement Techniques ‡ 3
PHOTO-142 Photoshop for Photographers 2 ‡ 3



‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Program Outcomes

  • Apply pre-planning skill in proper conceptual development, photo equipment choices, and lighting design before executing the plan
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of industry software tools and techniques including graphic software, digital video and color management software
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating a variety of web creation sites and developing appropriate content for it
  • Evaluate and critique photographic projects in a professional and articulate manner using oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate proficiency with industry cameras, lighting equipment and fundamental photographic techniques
  • Demonstrate ability to meet deadlines, work independently and with a team while practicing professional ethics and adhering to legal guidelines and copyright law
  • Produce a portfolio suitable for seeking employment opportunities in various photographic markets or a related field
  • Demonstrate organizational skills, visual/graphical communication skills, and written communication skills to develop a professional photographic planning proposal that meets a client's needs for their intended target audience
  • Demonstrate the Career Essentials (critical thinking, communication, work habits, using technology)

Career Outlook

As the photo industry continues to evolve, new and exciting job opportunities exist in professional-level still and video photography. This program will assist in preparing you for an entry-level position.

Entry-Level Digital Lab Technician

Photojournalism Stringer
Digital Photographic Print Finishing
Community Newspaper Photographer
Retail Photographic Equipment Sales

Admission Requirements

  • Demonstration of basic computer skills in the Mac OS
  • Sight ability without impairment
  • Must have the ability to lift, bend, and move equipment
  • Must own a DSLR camera


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Last updated: 08/25/2021