Sep 30, 2022  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Visual Art & Design - Photography Emphasis: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 67 credits minimum

Visual Art & Design Division
South City Campus
General Information
Program Information 801-957-3361
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising

Program Faculty
See program website

Visual Art & Design Department Concurrent Enrollment Liaison(s)
Trudy Richardson - Concurrent Enrollment Liaison, Instructor, BFA Drawing & Painting

Program Description
Students with an aptitude in creative problem solving, drawing, design, photography and/or computer related visual communication should consider this rapidly expanding and competitive field. The Visual Art & Design Department allows students to specialize in the following areas: Animation, Graphic Design, Illustration, Multimedia, Photography, Web Design, and Graphic Communications Technologies.

Photography is widely used in visual art and design, including fine art. Students who elect to pursue the AAS Degree in Visual Art & Design’s Photography Emphasis will become acquainted with, and gain competencies in, all aspects of the photographic arts. Competencies will include: film and digital camera operation, studio and existing lighting control, working in both digital and film environments to produce color and black and white imagery. This prepares students to work as freelance photographers or continue their education for an advanced degree. Students will learn various visual art business practices and they will prepare a professional portfolio. The final and exit portfolio is a required component of the Photography Program and is designed to obtain an entry-level job within one of the many photography related career paths.

The photography emphasis student must have access to fully adjustable camera equipment (digital SLR) and additional equipment and supplies as required for this program and its various courses.

Career Opportunities
Photographers provide traditionally and digitally produced images appropriate for use in advertising and design applications including; web, stock, commercial, and editorial photography. Photographers also work as portrait, documentary and fine art photographers. Students who follow this track will earn an AAS Degree in Visual Art & Design/Photography Emphasis. Professional photography positions such as freelance photographer, portrait photographer, fine art photographer, commercial photographer, photographic assistant, digital lab tech/lab aid, photographic representative and sales person will be attainable by the student.

Transfer/Articulation Information
This AAS Degree is currently not transferable to four year institutions; however, some of the General Education components are transferable. The Visual Art & Design Department is committed to general and pre- professional programs and some credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis. Students desiring to transfer to a four-year institution in Photography should contact Associate Professor Whitney King Hyans,

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees:
Books, Supplies, etc: $2,000
Course Fees: $650

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow Recommended Sequence, completion time is four semesters.

Program Entry Requirements
Required: High School Diploma or equivalent.
Recommended: Artistic and technical aptitude, familiarity with computers.

All students interested in majoring in photography must have their own 35mm, digital SLR camera and/or medium format camera with full manual capabilities.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Acquire substantive knowledge
2 - Communicate effectively
3 - Develop quantitative literacies
4 - Think critically and creatively
5 - Develop knowledge and skills to be civically engaged
6 - Develop the knowledge and skills to work with others in a professional and constructive manner
7 - Develop computer and information literacy

Foundations of Art: Graduates will demonstrate competent application of visual art and design skills by producing high quality photographic images relating to commercial and/or fine art photography.

1, 2, 4, 6, 7

Image Capture: Graduates will demonstrate in photographic imagery, an acquired knowledge of and ability to apply:  

  • Advanced exposure control
  • Gray Scale / Zone System
  • White Balance
  • Focus
  • Photographic Composition

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Computation/Marketing/Business Skills: Graduates will demonstrate competent applications of business and marketing knowledge, professionalism, & communication skills for employment within the photographic industry.

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

Printing Negatives and Digital Files: Graduates will demonstrate competent printing skills with negatives and digital files to produce a high quality professional portfolio.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Natural / Existing Light and Artificial Light: Graduates will produce high quality images that exhibit an industry level understanding and control of light as it applies to photography.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas

       RECOMMENDED Distribution course for Photography students


Elective Courses (3 credits)

Advising Notes

Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a C or better grade in order to continue in the program. A student may be dropped from a class if the prerequisite has not been completed. If progress is not deemed satisfactory, students will be counseled and/or given probationary status.

NOTE: Students or professionals wishing to register for a class in which a prerequisite class is required but has not been taken, should contact the instructor about acquiring possible approval to register for the class.

Students should check the semester class schedule on the Internet at for availability and modifications caused by varying enrollment. Required departmental classes are not offered every semester. To graduate in two years, students are encouraged to follow the recommended sequence.

Not all Visual Art & Design (ART) classes may be audited. This is especially true for any Visual Art & Design class that has a prerequisite (see course catalog for list of prerequisite classes). Auditing a prerequisite course does not guarantee that the student has mastered the required skills needed for the next level class. Some Visual Art & Design classes that have a prerequisite may be audited if the student can demonstrate an appropriate skill level to the instructor before registering for the class.

Students wishing to audit any Visual Art & Design (ART) class without officially completing a prerequisite class (with a ‘C’ grade or better) must obtain signed permission from the instructor or email authorization before registering for the class. Visual Art & Design (ART) classes that do not have a prerequisite may be audited as per the Auditing Classes guidelines listed in the SLCC catalog.

All students enrolled in the Visual Art & Design program automatically become members of SkillsUSA, sponsor of the Professional Development Program (PDP). This program is designed to promote leadership, communication, problem solving and skills necessary for employment. Students are encouraged to participate in competitions in their area of specialization.

Students wishing to transfer in program related credit(s) are required to have a portfolio review completed; in addition, to submitting prior transcripts. For more information on submitting transcripts, please visit:

For information on clubs or organizations within the Visual Art & Design Department, contact the advisor or instructors in the individual areas of specialization.