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.
In the field of photography, degree holders are often considered for jobs as commercial photographers, photojournalists, digital photo editors, videographers, and even educators.
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- Advertising Photography
- Art Director
- Fine Art Photography
- Advertising or Lifestyle Photography
- Commercial Photography
- Photo editor (also called Digital Imaging Editor)
- Investigative Photography
- Media and Communication Specialist
- Photo Illustration
- Photo Documentation
- Photographic Lab Technician
- Multimedia Specialist
- Scientific Photographer
- Freelance Photographer
- Real Estate Photographer
- Fashion Photographer
- Studio Portrait Photography
- Wedding Photography
- Sports Photography
- Architectural Photography
- Nature, Wildlife and Travel Photographer
Diversity is important to me. For people to learn and grow, there must be diversity in the workplace, schools, and sports. That is another reason I wanted to go to Iowa Central; there are so many people here from across the world, all with different backgrounds and life experiences. I saw Iowa Central as an opportunity not only to grow in both academics and in athletics, but also to become a stronger person.