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Photography/Fine Arts

Option offered through Liberal Arts

The Fine Arts Option in Photography is a Liberal Arts transfer-oriented curriculum that provides students, through a core of visual arts/photography-related courses, a theoretical and practical understanding of the artistic and commercial areas of photography. Utilizing skills and techniques learned through a combined lecture/studio/darkroom experience, students are taught the basics of black and white, color photography, and the history of photography which are applicable to the commercial and artistic environments.
A large component of this program focuses on developing studio photography skills, including darkroom techniques, standard and large format camera usage, studio lighting, theoretical and historical applications, and comprehensive portfolio development.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:
  • Apply general picture-taking skills including f/stop, shutter speed, and depth of field control.
  • Process black and white negatives and color and black and white prints.
  • Utilize darkroom and studio equipment including strobes, large format cameras, and light meters.
  • Analyze issues of photographic practice.
  • Communicate effectively about art both orally and in writing.
  • Create a portfolio that demonstrates competency in photography.
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First Year

First Semester

ENG101 - English Comp I
HIS101 - Intro to Western Civilization I
Modern Language
MAT119 - Algebra
FIA108 - Art Appreciation

Second Semester

ENG102- English Comp II
HIS102 - Intro to Western Civilization II
Modern Language
Laboratory Science
FIA221 - Introduction to Photography

Second Year

First Semester

ENG - 200 Level Literature course
PSY101 - General Psychology
MAT127 - Elementary Statistics OR
Laboratory Science
FIA222 - Fundamentals of Black & White Photography
FIA - Diversity Course*

Second Semester

ENG 128 - Dynamics of Communication OR
ENG 129 - Public Speaking
PSY 102 - Psychology of Personality
FIA 223 - Introduction to Color Photography
FIA 225 - Fundamentals of Digital Imaging **
BUS 203 - Principles of Advertising
GOV 202 - American National Govt OR
PHI 205 - Intro to Philosophy

* Students can take the FIA 105, FIA 111, FIA 112 or FIA 117 to fulfill the Fine Arts Diversity course requirement.
** Students who take FIA 225 Fundamentals of Digital Imaging must take FIA 224 Intro to Digital Imaging or receive permission of the instructor.

Career Options

Graduates can transfer to a four-year college or university and are eligible to take advantage of the many transfer/articulation agreements UNION County College has with some of the top four-year colleges and universities in the country. See a transfer counselor for details.

Program Information

Type of Program: Associate in Arts Degree

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