Photographic Imaging


The Photographic Imaging curriculum provides special emphasis in several professional areas. Classroom lecture and laboratory assignments lead to the development of technical and aesthetic skills and knowledge preparing students to qualify for jobs in photographic imaging and related occupations. Students completing the Photographic Imaging program will be prepared to work as photographers, studio assistants and imaging lab technicians. Extensive darkroom, studio and imaging lab work is required, using both silver-based and digital technologies in both black and white and color.

Location or studio assignments are required in all courses. Professional practices and production are emphasized, and students are encouraged to develop artistic appreciation and imagination in their work. Upper-level courses emphasize working with advanced techniques and portfolio preparation.

Policy Regarding Student Work:

The Department reserves the right to retain all student work submitted for grading for educational use or exhibition, or to select an example or samples for its permanent collection.


Students are required to supply all film, paper, digital storage media, textbooks, presentation material and other supplies. Film cameras, digital cameras, and video production equipment may be provided by the department when available. Students in 200-level courses will be advised regarding the purchase of professional equipment. Approximate supply costs appear after each course description.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Create photographs, videos and/or digital slide shows to satisfy commercial clients’ specifications.
  • Demonstrate proficiency with camera operation, lighting, digital image processing, portfolio presentation, audio and video production.
  • Evaluate their photographs in the context of historical and contemporary trends.
  • Employ current business practices as applied to photographic imaging.

Program Entry Requirements:

This program is open to interested students, assuming space is available. However, new students are normally required to take the College’s placement tests at their time of entry. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Applies Science (A.A.S.) degree in Photographic Imaging, a student must complete at least 63 credit hours and attain a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PHOT 101 - Introduction to 35mm Film Camera and Darkroom Techniques or
PHOT 105 - Introduction to Digital Photography
  4 credits Oral Communication/Creative Expression
PHOT 104 - Introduction to Video Production   3 credits  
PHOT 111 - History of Photography or
PHOT 113 - Digital Technology, Art, and Culture 
  3 credits  

Cultural Analysis & Interpretation

ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts   3 credits Technological Competency

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PHOT 103 - Architectural and Landscape Photography PHOT 101  or PHOT 105 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of the department head  4 credits  
PHOT 151 - Digital Imaging   3 credits  
PHOT 152 - Introduction to Color Photography and Digital Printing PHOT 151, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 2
MATH 137 - Geometry for Design FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PHOT 201 - Commercial Photography - Studio PHOT 103 4 credits  
PHOT 202 - Commercial Photography - Portraiture PHOT 152, which may be taken concurrently 4 credits  
PHOT 217 - Photojournalism

PHOT 104PHOT 151PHOT 152, which may be taken concurrently

4 credits  
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation or
STS 101 - Introduction to Science, Technology and Society
  3 or 4 credits Scientific Reasoning

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PHOT 205 - Commercial Photography - Advanced Studio or
PHOT 250: Fashion and Entertainment Photography
For PHOT 205: PHOT 152 and PHOT 201
For PHOT 250: PHOT 101 or PHOT 105 and PHOT 201
4 credits  
PHOT 211 - Event and Corporate Videography PHOT 104 3 credits  
PHOT 299 - Professional Practices in Photographic Imaging and Digital Video Production DVP 120, DVP 130, DVP 140, DVP 150 must be taken prior to this course, DVP 210 and DVP 240 may be taken concurrently with this course or PHOT 202 must be taken prior to this course and PHOT 205 or PHOT 250 may be taken concurrently. 3 credits  

HIST 103 - United States History: The 20th Century or
GEOG 103 - Introduction to Human Geography

  3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.