Visual Communications — Professional Photography Option

Award: Associate of Applied Science
Degree Code: PPAZ
Number of Credits: 68-69

Program Description

This program option prepares students for initial employment, career advancement, and transfer to four-year colleges. Employment responsibilities in these areas include: photographing in a studio and/or location, digital processing and imaging, marketing, exhibiting, and video production.

The computer literacy requirement will be met throughout the course work in the degree program.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective [H] 3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
GEN ED General Education Elective 3
MAT Math Elective [M] 3-4
SCI Lab Science Elective1 [SL] 4
SOC SCI Social Science Elective [SS] 3
Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
VCP 101 Photography I 4
VCP 111 Studio Photography I 4
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I 2
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II 2
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III 4
VCP 119 Digital Imaging IV 4
VCP 210 Video Production I 4
VCP 279 or
VCP 289
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
4
VCP Visual Communications Elective 4
Program Electives - Select 12 Credits
Number Title Credits
VCP 110 Portrait Photography 4
VCP 211 Studio Photography II 4
VCP 212 Video Production II 4
VCP 222 Photojournalism 4
VCP 233 Fictional Photography 4

1 CHM 109 or PHY 120 recommended

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (18 credits)
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
SOC SCI Social Science Elective
VCP 101 Photography I
VCP 116 Digital Imaging I
VCP 117 Digital Imaging II
VCP Visual Communications Elective
Spring I (16-17 credits)
VCP 111 Studio Photography I
VCP 118 Digital Imaging III
VCP Visual Communications Elective
ACT Activity Elective(s)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
Fall II (16-18 credits)
VCP 119
VCP 210 Video Production I
VCP Visual Communications Elective
ACT Activity Elective(s)
MAT Math Elective
Spring II (18 credits)
VCP 279 or
VCP 289
Professional Portfolio Production
Internship I
VCP Visual Communications Elective
ART/HUM Arts/Humanities Elective
GEN ED General Education Elective
SCI Lab Science Elective

Program Outcomes

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

  • Use the basic tools and techniques of a visual communicator
  • Communicate in an effective and professional manner both verbally and in writing with the ability to incorporate critique recommendations in revising their work
  • Demonstrate the ability to meet deadlines
  • Use computer and related technology in the execution of visual communications projects
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of design
  • Produce a body of work demonstrating the ability to solve visual communications problems
  • Market themselves using their portfolio and visual communications skills
  • Demonstrate an understanding of industry standard equipment, techniques, and technologies specific to the practice of photography
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the historical, political and social context in which photographic images are created and viewed
  • Interpret contemporary theory and forms and the contextualization of photography within the larger world of the arts
  • Critically analyze and evaluate examples of photographic art
  • Execute efficient lighting techniques for both natural and constructed scenes on location or in a studio setting
  • Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of industry standard equipment, techniques, and workflows specific to the practice of photography
  • Achieve an understanding of the historical, political, and social context in which photographic images are created and viewed
  • Communicate with a visual vocabulary to interpret photographic works, theory, and design principles appropriate to the practice of image-based media in both the fine art and commercial fields
  • Develop a branding identity package and a professional photography portfolio that showcases technical skills and individual vision

Career Opportunities

Commercial photographer, portrait photographer, wedding photographer, photojournalist, industrial photographer, videographer, digital imager, and photography lab manager.​