Professional Photography

The Professional Photography program at Iowa Central Community College will provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the photo industry and all the requisite skills to go into the business of photography. Students will be prepared to gain entry-level jobs in the areas of commercial photography, event photography, photojournalism, and portraiture. Students will receive a strong education in Professional Photography by participating in hands-on learning and classroom discussions in Iowa Central's state-of-the-art studios, classrooms, and computer labs. Instruction will focus on digital applications of photography, but students will also have an opportunity to learn analog darkroom techniques for a fully-rounded photographic education.  

Possible Careers

  • Advertising Photography
  • Art Director
  • Commercial Product Photography
  • Desktop Publisher
  • Investigative Photography
  • Media and Communication Worker
  • Photo Illustration
  • Photo Documentation
  • Photo Journal & Visual Communications
  • Photographic Process Worker
  • Photo Web Design
  • Reports & Correspondent
  • Studio Portrait Photography
  • Wedding Photography

Course Schedule

The following schedule is a guide to obtain an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Iowa Central Community College in Professional Photography. Additional courses may be required before you can take a college-level English or Mathematics course.

*Pending approval from the Department of Education

A.A.S. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ART-184 Photography
3.0
SPC-122 Interpersonal Communication
3.0
OR
xxx-xxx General Education Equivalent
ART-151 Design I
3.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
OR
xxx-xxx General Education Equivalent
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PHT-185 Photography II
3.0
BUS-102 Intro to Business
3.0
BUS-112 Business Math
3.0
OR
xxx-xxx General Education Equivalent
PHT-288 Photography in Journalism
3.0
ART-115 Graphic Design
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PHT-189 Photography III
3.0
BUS-161 Human Relations
3.0
PHT-195 Basic Set and Prop Design I
3.0
PHT-250 Marketing in Photography
2.0
PHT-233 Commercial Photography
3.0
ART-116 Graphic Design II (optional)
3.0
 
Total Hours: 14.0-17.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PHT-192 Photography IV
3.0
PHT-196 Basic Set and Prop Design II
3.0
PHT-299 Photography Portfolio Development
1.0
PHT-258 Business of Photography
2.0
PHT-230 Advanced Portraiture
3.0
ACC-111 Intro to Accounting
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0
 
A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 62.0-65.0

Staff

Howard Haase Coordinator/Instructor 515-574-1182 haase@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Condon Dean, Liberal Arts 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu
Tracy Crippin-Haake Associate, Liberal Arts 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu