Photographic Imaging

Visually-enhanced Technology

Capture the world through a camera. You will learn how to use sophisticated cameras, editing technology and processing equipment; work with professional software, including Adobe Photoshop; create photographs in digital and traditional formats; photograph social and corporate events; and develop a portfolio. As a student in the College’s Photographic Imaging program, you will receive training on the same equipment and software used by industry professionals, have access to internship opportunities at professional photo studios and laboratories, get an introduction to developing a photography business, and gain experience working on a video crew.

Career Options


Find your path.

Photographer – est. salary $40,340*

**EMSI Data, 2019; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

Videos & Multimedia

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Photographic Imaging degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PHOT 101 - Introduction to 35mm Film Camera and Darkroom Techniques or
PHOT 105 - Introduction to Digital Photography
4 credits Prerequisites for PHOT 103 Oral Communication/Creative Expression
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production 3 credits Prerequisite for PHOT 217 and PHOT 211 Major Course
PHOT 111 - History of Photography or
PHOT 113 - Digital Technology, Art, and Culture 
3 credit   Cultural Analysis & Interpretation
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credit Prerequisite for ENGL 102 (with a grade of "C" or better) Writing, Research, Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts 3 credit   Technological Competency

A minimum GPA requirement of 2.0 (“C” average) is required to continue in program.

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PHOT 103 - Architectural and Landscape Photography 4 credits Prerequisites: PHOT 101;or PHOT 105;with a “C” or better or permission of the department head
Prerequisite for PHOT 201.
Students will search for business relationships, opportunities and internships.
Major Course
PHOT 151 - Digital Imaging 3 credits Prerequisite for;PHOT 217 Major Course
PHOT 152 - Introduction to Color Photography and Digital Printing 3 credits Prerequisite: PHOT 151, which may be taken concurrently
Prerequisite for PHOT 217;and;PHOT 201
Major Course
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits ENGL 101;with a grade of "C" or better Writing, Research, Info Lit 2
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design 3 credits FNMT 118;or higher placement Quantitative Reasoning

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PHOT 201 - Commercial Photography Basic Studio 4 credits Prerequisite: PHOT 103 
Prerequisite for PHOT 205
Major Course
PHOT 202 - Commercial Photography Portraiture 4 credits Prerequisite: PHOT 152, which may be taken concurrently
Prerequisite for PHOT 299
Major Course
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation or
STS 101 - Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
3 credits FNMT 118 or higher placement is a prerequisite for STS 101
Students may select an alternate course with Dept. Head approval
Scientific Reasoning
PHOT 217 - Digital Photojournalism 4 credits Prerequisites: PHOT 104, PHOT 151PHOT 152, which may be taken concurrently Major Course

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
PHOT 205 - Commercial Photography Advanced Studio or
PHOT 250: Fashion Entertainment Photography
 4 credits PHOT 205prerequisites: PHOT 152 and PHOT 201

PHOT 250 prerequisites: PHOT 101 or PHOT 105 and PHOT 201

PHOT 205 or PHOT 250 are both prerequisites for PHOT 299
Major Course
PHOT 211 - Corporate and Event Videography 3 credits Prerequisites: PHOT 104 Major Course
PHOT 299 -Professional Practices in Photographic Imaging and Digital Video Production 3 credits For Digital Video Production program students: DVP 120, DVP 130, DVP 140, DVP 150 must be taken prior to PHOT 299, and DVP 210 and DVP 220 may be taken concurrently with PHOT 299.

For Photographic Imaging program students: PHOT 202 must be taken prior to PHOT 299, and PHOT 205 or PHOT 250 may be taken concurrently with PHOT 299.
Major Course
HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography
3 credits    

Students should be preparing websites, portfolios and show-reels for final evaluation.

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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