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2023-2024 Course Catalog 
2023-2024 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Photographic Careers Diploma

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Total Credits: 48

Major Number: 5946
CIP Code: 50.0406

Program Description

The Photographic Careers diploma prepares students for a successful career in professional photography. Course assignments ready students for event, location, and studio shooting. The program covers what professional photographers need to jump start their careers. Topics include professional equipment, editing, workflow, business and marketing practices for photographers, lighting, and portfolio development. Emphasis is on providing skills necessary for those wishing to start a career in photography.

This program is part of the Visual Communications Careers area and is designed to provide you with the skills you need to enter a career upon completion. Although the Diploma is not designed for transfer to a four-year school, your general education course typically will transfer. Some of your career-oriented courses may also transfer to specific majors at certain schools through the petition process.

Program Prerequisites


Special Instructions


Program Requirements

Total Credits: 41

Total Credits: 4

MnTC/General Education Requirements

  • Select from MnTC courses Credits: 3

MnTC Elective Requirements


Additional Elective Requirements


Additional Requirements


Program Information

General Requirements for Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates

See Century College Policy

Program Note


Transfer, Articulation Agreements, and Partnerships

See the Century College website for information regarding transfer.
This program is intended primarily for employment preparation rather than transfer to a four-year institution. Some courses may not transfer to a number of four-year colleges. If you are considering the possibility of transfer, you may wish to talk with your advisor, counselor, or program instructor before registering to discuss your goals, look at programs designed for transfer, and develop a plan. Articulation agreements exist with Bemidji State University, Metropolitan State University, and Minnesota State University - Moorhead.

Program Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate photography lighting and editing skills that meet entry-level industry standards.
  • Demonstrate marketing and business practices necessary for the operations of a photography business.
  • Generate and communicate solutions for business and industry needs.
  • Prepare and demonstrate a portfolio at the annual VCC Program Portfolio Show.

Program Contact Information

Tom Hanly 651.747.4026 Room 1364 East

Sample Plan

Please note that this is a sample course sequence. Individual schedules will vary depending upon student needs, goals, and availability. Students are recommended to meet with their advisor, counselor, or faculty program instructors to create an individualized plan that includes prerequisites and application requirements. For detailed program information see the Century College website. This information is subject to change.


This information is subject to change. Changes and updates are posted on century.edu

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