The Graphic Communications & Photography Department offers a curriculum designed to prepare students for careers in printing, graphic design, social media, and commercial photography. The department’s courses cover a wide cross section of imaging technologies, from traditional printing and print preparation techniques through the latest digital processes, including studio-based digital photography. They combine a strong theoretical foundation with hands-on laboratory experiences in practical application.
An associate degree in Graphic Communications & Photography will provide the education necessary to begin a successful career in the graphic design or photography, as well as many of the diverse emerging technologies such as social media. Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as other institutions offering programs in the various imaging technologies, accepts credits from the STCC Graphic Communications and Photography programs toward their advanced degree programs.
The department offers two Associate in Science degree options, one in Graphic Design, and one in Digital Photography. In addition, two Certificates of Completion are offered in Graphic Design and Digital Photography. Minimum Grade Requirement: The minimum passing grade for any individual course in this department shall be a “C-” (70%). The minimum average for graduation from the program is a “C” (73%).
The Digital Photography Associate in Science program’s areas of study include portrait, fashion, product, location, editorial, advertising and fine art photography. Courses in social media design and advertising campaign development round out the curriculum. Graduates will be ready to go out on their own as professional freelance photographers, and will be well qualified for a variety of entry-level professional photography jobs. This program is best suited for students desiring an A.S. degree that may be transferable to 4-year colleges, and includes a wider range of coursework than what is included in the one-year certificate of completion.
Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Graphic Communication and Photography will be awarded