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Photographic Equipment & Technical Services

A.A.S. Degree

Career Description
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.

Program Information
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

Accreditation
Photo Marketing Association International Professional Photographers, Association Digital Imaging Association, Association of Imaging Executives

Certification
Society of Photofinishing Engineers and Certified Photographic Consultant

Transfer Opportunities
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.

Employment Opportunities
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.



photo equipment technology

 

A.A.S. CURRICULUM

First Year - Fall Semester
PHIM 1114 Digital Darkroom (4cr)
PHIM 1160 Basic Photo & Processing (3cr)
PHIM 1164 Survey of Imaging (2cr)
PHIM 1172 Photo Printing Systems (4cr)
General Education (6cr)
Total 19 Credits

Spring Semester
PHIM 1174 Studio Photographics (4cr)
PHIM 1176 Visual Relationships (3cr)
PHIM 1284 Digital Photographics (4cr)
General Education (6cr)
Total 17 Credits

Second Year- Fall Semester
PHIM 2110* Color Management Systems (4cr)
PHIM 2112* Fine Art Printing (4cr)
RAST 1101 Industrial Electronics Lab I (3cr)
RAST 1111 Industrial Electronics Lab I (2cr)
General Education (4cr)
Total 17 Credits

Spring Semester
PHIM 2175* Photographic Certification & Business (4cr)
PHIM 2276* Photo Economics (3cr)
PHIM 2296* Corporate Communication & Presentations (4cr)
RAST 1102* Industrial Electronics II (3cr)
RAST 1212* Industrial Electronics Lab II (2cr)
General Education (3cr)
Total 19 Credits

GRADUATION REQUIREMENT 72 CREDITS
*Denotes Prerequisites

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