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AA in Digital Photography

Individuals looking for an online program that prepares them for a career in commercial photography may want to consider the Associate of Arts in Digital Photography program offered by Southern New Hampshire University. Find out more about the curriculum of this online associate degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Associate of Arts in Digital Photography

School Offering Program:

Southern New Hampshire University

Program Prerequisites:

The Associate of Arts in Digital Photography program is designed for current commercial photographers who are seeking a degree as well as those looking to enter this field. All applicants to Southern New Hampshire University programs must have earned a high school diploma or equivalent.

Program Description:

Students who enroll in Southern New Hampshire University's Associate of Arts in Digital Photography program will have the chance to build their skills in operating digital cameras and creating commercial-quality images. Courses teach students various digital camera techniques as well as provide tips on selecting a subject and creating displays. Other courses cover topics in basic design and color theories, the aesthetics of light, and photography business practices. In addition, students also examine the process for editing and enhancing digital images for print, broadcast and Web use. Online students need to meet the technical requirements of the course, which include having a DSLR camera, tripod, and lighting kit.

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Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify, plus a 30 percent tuition discount for active-duty service members and their spouses. Contact the SNHU Financial Aid office to learn more about your financial aid options.

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Required Courses for an Associate of Arts in Digital Photography:

Major Courses

  • GRA 101: Basic Design and Color Theory
  • FAS 226: Digital Photography
  • GRA 220: Introduction to Digital Imaging
  • COM 128: Language and Practice of Media Arts
  • FAS 235: Photographic Practice in the Digital Age
  • FAS 240: The Business of Photography
  • FAS 255: Lighting for Photography
  • FAS 375: Photographic Aesthetic Concepts

General Education Courses

  • SNHU 107: Success Strategies for Online Learning
    • Transfer students may either complete SNHU 107 or use a free elective to fulfill this requirement
  • ENG 122: English Composition I
  • ENG 123: English Composition II
  • MAT 125: Quantitative Reasoning & Problem Solving
  • COM 212: Public Speaking
  • FAS 201: Introduction to Humanities I
  • FAS 202: Introduction to Humanities II

Free Electives

  • 15 credits of free elective courses

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

After completing this program, graduates of the Associate of Arts in Digital Photography program could decide to continue their training through SNHU's Bachelor of Arts in Digital Photography program. The bachelor's degree program includes additional topics on professional development as well as helps students develop professional portfolios.

Career Paths:

Graduates of SNHU's Associate of Arts in Digital Photography program could have the technical skills and photography abilities to seek employment as commercial photographers. They might apply to positions in portrait photography, commercial and industrial photography, aerial photography, scientific photography, news photography, or fine arts photography. Additional career opportunities could be found in photo editing or taking digital video.

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