Photo imaging students develop foundational imaging and workplace skills sought by employers. The curriculum includes general and studio photography, digital file manipulation and management, lighting, photo print production, print finishing, software, video and editing, color science, principles of sales, marketing, and customer service. The program serves a broad range of industries that include the photo and graphics industry, now called imaging. Demand for trained technical personnel is high.
The Photo Equipment and Technical Services Program consists of an ambitious, technical core in imaging and components of general education. Students in this program take courses in troubleshooting, maintenance, and electronics, in addition to an imaging core. Central Lakes College also offers related options in this field, including an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) or Diploma in Photographic Imaging Technology or a Certificate in Matting and Framing. Students choose a program option to meet their specific career goals.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates will be able to:
1. Demonstrate professional responsibility toward workplace safety
2. Select and use photographic software, equipment and technologies appropriate to the task
3. Apply concepts and aesthetics to create and evaluate photographic images
4. Effectively develop proposals and organize photo shoots
5. Analyze and apply specific knowledge and technology in electrical systems and networking
6. Work as a team member demonstrating dependability, flexibility, communication and management skills
7. Model professional and ethical behavior
Special Program Requirements
Windows XP Pro Laptop and a Digital SLR camera
Photo Marketing Association International Professional Photographers, Association Digital Imaging Association, Association of Imaging Executives
Society of Photofinishing Engineers and Certified Photographic Consultant
Students have the opportunity to transfer into programs like marketing, management, mass communication, business and education at Bemidji State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead, Minnesota State University Mankato, North Dakota State University, and University of Wisconsin Stout.
Graduates accept employment nationwide as computer imaging and editing specialists, quality control personnel, studio and event photographers, lab equipment operators, lab maintenance, custom framers, lab management, and more. Imaging is a fast-paced, ever changing industry. Excitement is ever present in one of the most innovative industries in the world.