Photography at Daytona State College
For more than 50 years, Daytona State College Southeast Center for Photographic Studies graduates have taken their place among the leading photographers of 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.
The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies offers the technical instruction and theoretical knowledge in photography to assist graduates in successfully entering the commercial, editorial, advertising, fine arts and photo technology fields. Coursework covers digital photography as well as the medium’s history and aesthetics to prepare photographers as visual communicators.
Our program can be completed in less than two years and some program specific courses you will take include: Photography and Image Making; Videography; Digital Image Processing and Applications; Commercial/ Illustration Photography; History and Aesthetics of Photography; Editorial Photography; Professional Photographic Business Practices; and Professional Studio Portraiture. Workshops, lectures and guest artists enhance the intense and progressive curriculum, giving students opportunities to explore the world of photography.
Successful completion of the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree can lead to a seamless transfer to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 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 State Campus with cross-level instruction by faculty from both institutions. Some program specific courses students take are; Advanced Digital Photography; Photo Visualization; Videography; Narrative Editorial Photography; Image, Culture and Society; Museum and Gallery Practices; and Photography Thesis.
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 state-of-the-art facilities and close relationship with the college’s Southeast Museum of Photography located on our campus, 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. The museum brings international and regional photographers to the area as well as offering a critical and engaging Lecture Film Series.
Photography flourishes on the “World’s Most Famous Beach.” Daytona State meets the challenges of a rapidly changing creative environment with a program that stresses the fundamental aspects of photography from which to grow into a myriad of photographic expertise. The program offers the highest level of technical proficiency and professional judgment for providing a broad understanding of the techniques, ideas and skills needed in the profession today.
Programs of Study
For more information contact:
Dan Biferie, Chairperson
School of Photography