The Professional Photography program prepares graduates with the skills required for entry into a variety of professional photographic careers. Today’s professional photographer must have a thorough knowledge of photographic capture techniques, a strong sense of visual design and proficiency in the digital darkroom, color management, computers, multi-media, and image asset management. First year curriculum consists of foundational training in the use of digital SLRs, digital capture, capture processing and workflow, lenses, natural and available lighting, aesthetics, and principles of design. In addition to advancing their creative vision, students in the second year learn color theory and management, studio lighting, portraiture, viewcamera techniques, and product illustration in our digitally-equipped studio. Elective courses allow students to explore a variety of topics including traditional film photography, alternative processes, photojournalism, field workshops, and web design.
Photography is a field that requires a balance between technical expertise and visual aesthetics. The Professional Photography program recognizes this fact and has a curriculum designed to achieve this balance. All classes will challenge students to develop technical skills while creating compelling images that impact targeted audiences.
Graduates of the Professional Photography program have begun careers in portraiture, commercial product illustration, photojournalism, architectural photography, studio management, digital imaging service bureaus, and as full time and independent photography assistants. A number of our graduates have extended their education in photography with transfers to four-year institutions offering bachelor degrees in photography.
Students must demonstrate college-level proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics to be accepted into this program. You must demonstrate these required skill proficiencies through either Accuplacer placement tests or acceptable ACT or SAT scores. A student’s proficiency may affect the sequence of courses in which he/ she can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete this program. For details see the Academic Placement and Testing section and a Colorado Mountain College advisor. PHO courses have a specific sequence. Please consult with your advisor for a recommended sequence of courses. Photography courses are described in more detail in the course description section.
A minimum grade of “C” is required in all PHO courses for graduation from the Professional Photography program.
The Jonathan Wright and Photography scholarships are available to assist second-year Professional Photography students. See the scholarship section for more information.
Graduates will receive an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Professional Photography. The Professional Photography program is offered at the Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley.