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Department Introduction

School of Photography

For over 50 years, Daytona State College graduates have taken their place among the leading photographers in the nation. In the early years, few programs in the country were able to offer the range and depth of instruction that provided the foundation for these stellar careers. The department grew into the largest, most comprehensive photography program in the Southeast.

Daytona State College offers the technical instruction and theoretical knowledge in photography to assist graduates in successfully entering the commercial, fine arts and editorial fields. Coursework covers traditional and digital photography, in and out of the studio, as well as the medium’s history and aesthetics, to prepare photographers as artists and visual communicators.

The Daytona State College Photographic Technology program offers a solid foundation in traditional and digital photographic skills. You can pursue an associate of science degree and earn a bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida. The program provides students with comprehensive technical and theoretical training to faciliatate the development of skills for the editorial, advertising, fine arts and photo technology fields.

This program can be completed in two years and some program specific courses include: Fine Arts Digital Imaging; Editorial Photography; History and Aesthetics of Photography; Commercial/Illustration Photography; Business Practices in Photography, Studio Lighting and Location Photography.

Workshops, lectures and guest artists enhance the intense and progressive curriculum, giving students opportunities to explore the world of photography.

Successful completion of the AS degree can lead to a seamless transfer to a BS degree in photography through a partnership with the University of Central Florida. All classes needed to complete the bachelor’s degree program may be taken in shared facilities on the Daytona Beach Campus with cross-level instruction by faculty from both institutions.

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Daytona State College offers a bachelor of applied science degree program to those who have earned an associate of arts (AA) degree or an associate of science (AS) degree. Those with AA degrees will be required to complete a total of 18 credits in an occupational/technical area (e.g., photographic technology, computer science, business, etc.) with a grade of “C” or better in each course. These courses are in lieu of the additional core general educational requirements needed by the AA/AS graduate.

Given our new state-of-the-art facilities and close relationship with the college’s Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona State College is an exciting place to explore and develop personal visions. The Southeast Museum of Photography provides unique learning opportunities to examine exhibitions by master photographers and participate in special events with many lectures and classroom visits by guest artists.

Daytona State College meets the challenges of a rapidly changing creative environment with a program that stresses the fundamental aspects of photography, the highest level of technical proficiency and creative judgment, providing a broad understanding of the ideas and skills needed in the profession today.

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Daytona State College is an equal opportunity institution.

Last updated: 2014-04-17T11:16:00Z