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Program Information

  • Location: Downtown Milwaukee Campus
  • Pathway: Creative Arts, Design & Media
  • Program Code: 10-203-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Photography Degree


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.

Photographers work in advertising, photojournalism, and industrial and portrait photography. Employment opportunities also include equipment sales.

You can earn the Digital Imaging technical diploma on the way to completing this 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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Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1) ENG-195 Written Communication
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) PHOTO-100 Introduction to Digital Photography ^ 1
(1) PHOTO-101 Digital Fundamental Photography ^ 3
(1) PHOTO-107 Photographic Trends ^ 1
(1) PHOTO-141 Photoshop for Photographers 1 ^ 3
(1) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
(2) MATH-123 Math With Business Applications ‡ ^
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
(2) PHOTO-108 Photographic Lighting ‡ ^ 3
(2) PHOTO-130 Photographic Composition ^ 3
(2) PHOTO-139 Measurement Techniques ‡ ^ 3
(2) PHOTO-142 Photoshop for Photographers 2 ‡ ^ 3
(3) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(3) PHOTO-103 Digital Photography ‡ 3
(3) PHOTO-106 View Camera Techniques ‡ 3
(3) PHOTO-121 Commercial Photography ‡ 3
(3) PHOTO-124 Portraiture ‡ 3
(3) SOCSCI-103 Think Critically and Creatively
(or) Any 200-level SOCSCI or HIST course
(4) ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
(4) PHOTO-114 Photographic Portfolio ‡ 3
(4) PHOTO-166 Photographic Management ‡ 1
(4) PHOTO-173 Photojournalism ‡ 3
(4) PHOTO-180 DSLR Video ‡ 3
(4) PHOTO-190 Photography Internship ‡ 1



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Digital Imaging technical diploma.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

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

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Apply the principles of design and storytelling to develop media products and services
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of media software, tools and technology
  • Implement creative solutions from concept through completion
  • Communicate creative rationale in formal and informal settings
  • Implement project management skills to meet customer and market demands
  • Apply effective and ethical business practices

Career Outlook

Photographers are employed in the fields of commercial/advertising, industrial, and portrait photography. Photojournalism is an option, as are employment opportunities in photographic sales and as technical representatives. Graduates also may be hired for positions as studio/location personnel specializing in digital imaging applications.

Possible Careers

Digital Media Technician
Digital Output Specialist
Wedding/Portrait Photographer

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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Creative Arts, Design & Media Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, C Building, Room C210
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/31/2020