Photographic Technology (Associate Degree)

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Employer demand for photography comes from a mix of fields. Corporations require commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements, and wedding and portrait photographers are needed as well. Some may find themselves working in a studio; others outdoors or on location. Photographers need both technical skills and creativity to produce effective photographs. Earning a photographic technology associate's degree from Kaplan College could give you the career training and education you need.

The Photography Curriculum

Kaplan College offers instruction in various specialty areas leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Photographic Technology. The photography curriculum is designed to provide you with varied levels of hands-on training required for success in today's competitive job market. You have the flexibility to study one specific field of photography, or to diversify by choosing general applied photography.

To learn more about each area of specialization listed here, click on the specific field.

As the field of photography changes, so do the required coursework and skills mastered at Kaplan College. Equipment and software utilized in the photography programs are continually reviewed to assure graduates have the skills needed to be successful.

Commercial Photography

Learn about the exciting world of commercial photography at Kaplan College. If you choose this area of specialization, you will receive training in camera and lighting techniques for use in studio and on-location photography. Commercial photographers typically photograph products, facilities, people, or other subjects for editorial, advertising, or promotional purposes.

Program Objective

This area of specialization will train you in the use of small-, medium-, and large-format cameras using digital and film as required. Other courses will train you in Adobe Photoshop® and computer basics, plus advanced camera techniques and best business practices. You will also have an opportunity to develop your portfolio, which can aid you in seeking entry-level employment as a commercial photographer.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this specialty, you will receive an Associate of Applied Science in Photographic Technology from Kaplan College and can search for entry-level positions in the field of commercial photography. Two to five years of work experience is recommended prior to opening your own studio. You may seek a position as a commercial photographer in the following businesses:

  • Advertising agencies
  • Commercial photography studios
  • Magazines such as fashion, interior design, travel, and food
  • Newspapers
  • Public relations agencies

General Applied Photography

As you pursue your associate's degree in photographic technology at Kaplan College, you will choose an area of specialization. The general applied photography area of specialization offers you training in the basic fundamentals of photography, including camera skills, lighting, photo design, and computer programs such as Adobe Photoshop®. This specialty also provides general training in both portrait photography and commercial photography.

Program Objective

The general applied photography area of specialization at Kaplan College can provide you with the training and skills that are necessary for entry-level positions in the field of photography. You also will develop a portfolio of your work, including both portrait and commercial photography, which could be useful in securing employment.

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Kaplan College, you could have the skills and knowledge required to seek entry-level employment in full-service studios or photography labs. With a specialty in general applied photography, you could also have the flexibility to seek employment in commercial studios and portrait studios.

Portrait Photography

Photography services are requested to photograph coming-of-age events, school pictures, graduations, weddings, and more. At Kaplan College, you could learn more about the rewarding world of portrait photography and gain the technical understanding of photography that could help you find success.

Program Objectives

In this specialty, portrait techniques in camera operation, processing, and finishing are emphasized, as well as merchandising and business practices. Coursework concentrates on current professional trends in studio, on-location, and candid wedding applications. There is also an opportunity to develop your portfolio as you approach graduation. Showing the work that you have done during your studies at Kaplan College could help you find entry-level employment as a portrait photographer.

Career Opportunities

When you graduate with your associate's degree in photographic technology with a specialty in portrait photography, you may apply for an entry-level position in a portrait studio. Many photographers are self-employed, but two to five years of work experience is recommended prior to opening your own studio.

Campus Locations

Photography programs are available at the following Kaplan College locations:


Campus Catalogs

Please review the Academic Programs section of the course catalog for your campus to find details about specific program outcomes and offerings. 

Tuition and Fees

You can find current tuition information in the course catalog for your campus under Financial Information > Tuition and Fees.