2023-2024 College Catalog

Photography AAS

Photography AAS (Major Code: PH23)

Program Description

If you've ever dreamed of a career that utilizes and values your creative abilities, Atlanta Technical College's Photography degree program will change the way you think about work. The program focuses on honing students' raw creative energy into marketable skill sets. We use a hands on approach to learning the tools of the trade and students will be able to jump right into classes in their field from the very first semester. Throughout the course of study, students will develop portfolio pieces that they will use to seek employment upon graduation. Graduates may potentially work at in-house corporate or government marketing departments, at advertising firms, or as freelancers with their own business.

In addition to exhaustive training in camera operation, students will also focus on lighting, shooting in studio and directing models. The sequence of classes is designed to give students a taste of each major form of photography, including documentary, portraiture and shooting in controlled environments. Graduates will be capable of producing stunning photographs in a variety of scenarios.

Career Information





Career Projections

The number of jobs in this field is expected to increase by 14% nationally and 37% in the State of Georgia over the next several years. Estimated salaries in this field start at $45,000 a year.

Labor market data was compiled using Economic Modeling Specialists, international and is updated annually.


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Admission Requirements

General College Admissions Requirements

Program Contact Information

Karen Shacham

Director, Design and Media Production

Academic Building C1110V




Trent Lumpkin
Instructor, Design and Media Production
Academic Building C1110H

Program Length and Cost

Minimum Program Length in Semester Terms: 5 Terms

Credit Hours: 64

Estimated Program Cost: $9,000

Required Courses

General Education Courses (15 Credits)

Area I – Language Arts/Communication- (3 Credits)

ENGL 1101Composition and Rhetoric


Area II - Social/Behavioral Sciences - (3 Credits)

Select an Area II Social/Behavioral Sciences course:

General Education Courses - Associate Degree

XXXX xxxxSocial-Behavioral Science Elective


Area III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics - (3 Credits)

Select one of the following Math Courses

MATH 1111College Algebra



MATH 1100Quantitative Skills and Reasoning



MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling


Area IV - Humanities/Fine Arts - (3 Credits)

Select an Area IV Humanities/Fine Arts course:

General Education Courses - Associate Degree

XXXX xxxxHumanities-Fine Arts Elective


General Education Core Elective- (3 Credits)

Select a General Education Course that has not already been used to meet a requirement (3 credits)

General Education Courses - Associate Degree

XXXX xxxxGeneral Education Elective


Occupational Courses (46 Credits)

Core Courses - (14 Credits)

Take the following courses:

FYES 1001First Year Experience Seminar


DMPT 1055Introduction to Media Technology


PHOT 1103Camera Techniques I


DMPT 1010Raster Imaging


Photography Classes - (16 Credits)

PHOT 1103 is a pre-req for all PHOT classes.

Take the following courses:

PHOT 1123Camera Techniques II


PHOT 1126Portraiture I


PHOT 2103Commercial I


DMPT 2125Advanced Raster Imaging


PHOT 2101Portfolio I


PHOT 2106Photojournalism


PHOT Program Electives - (Minimum of 7 Credits)

Select two of the following program electives:

DMPT 1600Introduction to Video Production


DMPT 2905Practicum/Internship II


PHOT 2123Commercial II


DMPT 2800Intermediate Video Production


PHOT 2126Portraiture II


Capstone Class - (4 Credits)

Take the following class:

DMPT 2930Exit Review


Total Credit Hours: 64


Program Outcomes

1 Demonstrate an appreciation of and model professional and ethical behavior in the photographic profession
2 Demonstrate basic computer skills
3 Demonstrate computer skills that directly support photography
4 Demonstrate basic principles of photography
5 Demonstrate an understanding of supporting skills to construct appropriate photographic settings
6 Demonstrate technical proficiency and application of film based photographic skills
7 Demonstrate technical proficiency and application of basic digital imaging skills
8 Acquire skills to build and support successful business management