Art Photography, Associate in Arts Degree

The Photography program prepares students for the field and/or provides continuing education and personal enrichment opportunities. The program is committed to a broad definition of photography as a lens-based medium open to a variety of expressive means.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Define subject and compose image using frame, vantage point.
  • Control and manipulate light, depth of field, and motion.
  • Create prints from film or digital source and control print contrast, tonal range, and color.
  • Articulate the meaning of photographs and learn how meaning is visually communicated.
  • Create a cohesive body of exhibition quality work that collectively explores an idea or concept and be able to explain the significance of subject, form, presentation, and meaning.
  • Analyze and interpret human thought, achievement, and expression relevant to such branches of knowledge as philosophy, literature, and/or the fine and performing arts, and to communicate the results.

Associate in Arts Degree Major Requirements

Required Core
ARTP 11APhotography I: Black and White3
ARTP 12ADigital Photography I3
ARTP 15Portraiture Photography3
ARTP 55Alternative Processes3
Select six units from the following:6
Introduction to Photography
Photography II
Photography III
Digital Photography II
History of Photography
Additional Requirements42
Complete Competency Requirements, general education pattern (MPC General Education, CSU General Education, or IGETC), and electives, if needed, for a total of 60 degree-applicable units.
Total Units60

Please refer to the graduation requirements section of the Catalog for information about degree and certificate requirements including Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Information Competency, and General Education requirements.  

The model sequence of coursework below is one pathway for students to complete the program. The information below is not an official educational plan. An MPC Counselor can assist you with creating a personalized education plan based on your academic, career, and personal goals. Visit MPC’s Counseling website for more information about Counseling and up-to-date program requirements.

Suggested 2-Year Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
College Composition
or College Composition: Enhanced
LIBR 50 Introduction to Library and Research Skills 1
ARTP 11A Photography I: Black and White 3
ARTP 12A Digital Photography I 3
Electives 5
Digital Photography II
or Introduction to Photography
or Photography II
or Photography III
or History of Photography
MPC GE Area A2 (MATH 10 or MATH 16 Recommended) 4
MPC GE Area E 3
Electives (ENGL 2 Recommended) 3
Electives 3
Year 2
Photography II
or Photography III
or Digital Photography II
or Introduction to Photography
or History of Photography
ARTP 15 Portraiture Photography 3
MPC GE Area B & Lab 4
Electives (SPCH 1 Recommended) 3
Elective 1
ARTP 55 Alternative Processes 3
MPC GE Area D 3
MPC GE Area F 3
Electives 3
Electives 3
 Total Units60