Professional Photography

The Photography Program at Iowa Central prepares students for a wide range of exciting, distinguished careers as creative, innovative leaders in the photography industry. The program consists of building a strong foundation in commercial photography, fine art, photojournalism, and portraiture by exploring the theory and practice of photography while working with state-of-the-art equipment. Students develop proficiency in digital and analog photography from capture through print and digital presentation. Along their learning pathway, students receive hands-on experience in studio lighting, black and white processing, basic video production and editing, alternative processes, and presentation practices.  Focus will be placed on establishing an authentic personal brand utilizing a wide range of business and marketing strategies.

Our faculty and staff consist of experienced professionals who create an environment that encourages creativity, technical aptitude and critical thinking. The Photography Program is devoted not only to the refinement of visual skills, but to the cultivation of the mind. In addition to teaching technical skills and artistic design, the program stresses positive work habits and helps students develop personal style and career goals. Our objective is to successfully educate and graduate professional image makers with the technical, theoretical, artistic and business skills necessary for their success. Upon completion of our program, graduates can expect to open their own photographic business, freelance, or fill employment positions in the marketplace of today's ever-changing professional imaging industry.

Possible Careers

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  • 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

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PHT-183 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
JOU-210 Media Law and Ethics
3.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
OR
GRA-176 Layout Design I
3.0
CIS-265 Photoshop I (optional)
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
ART-115 Graphic Design
3.0
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
OR
xxx-xxx General Social Science Equivalent
CIS-266 Photoshop II (optional)
3.0
 
Total Hours: 15.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PHT-189 Photography III
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
SMM-170 Social Media Campaigns
3.0
PHT-288 Photography in Journalism
3.0
xxx-xxx Business Elective (optional)
3.0
 
Total Hours: 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
ART-116 Graphic Design II (optional)
3.0
 
Total Hours: 18.0
 
A.A.S. Degree Total Hours: 66.0

Instructors

Joshua Howell (Advisor)
515-574-1250
howell@iowacentral.edu
Rochelle Green (Coordinator)
515-574-1182
green@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Shivers (Associate)
515-574-1250
shivers@iowacentral.edu
Jennifer Condon (Dean)
515-574-1190
condon@iowacentral.edu