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Professional Photography


Core Courses

  • Photo Design I
  • Camera I and II
  • Print I and II
  • Basic Portraiture
  • Basic Commercial Photography
  • Introduction to Image Editing
  • Intermediate Electronic Imaging
  • Portrait Image Editing
  • Commercial Image Editing
  • Intermediate Portraiture
  • Intermediate Commercial
  • Portrait Business
  • Commercial Business
  • Portrait Production and Portfolio
  • Commercial Production and Portfolio
  • Electives — Choose from additional photography electives to meet your career and transfer needs and interests.

Program Details

Award: Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)
Required number of credits: 66
Program Start: Fall

View Suggested Sequence of Study & Course Cost



Graduates find jobs in professional photography studios and color labs, corporate photography departments, and advertising agencies. Many graduates also go on to start their own photography business or do freelance work.

Example Careers and Average Wages

Entry Average Experienced
Photographers $19,000 $31,000 $37,000

Source: 2018 Iowa Wage Report, Iowa Workforce Development

Independent contractors and business owner salaries may be higher based on graduate and advisory member surveys.


The following is a partial list of employers who have hired graduates from this program:

Business Location
DC Shoes, Inc. Huntington Beach, CA
John Deere Moline, IL
Meredith Corporation Des Moines, IA
Read Photography Cedar Rapids, IA
Stalzer Photography Marshalltown, IA

Contact Us

Admissions Email us 319-296-4000 Hawkeye Center 114
Academic/College Success Advisor Cody Chesmore Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1223 Black Hawk Hall 147B
Program Advisor Doug Benton Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1438 Black Hawk Hall 181A
Program Advisor Adam Hunter Email me 319-296-2329 ext.1293 Black Hawk Hall 183A
Administrative Assistant Kate Childers Email me 319-296-4007 Black Hawk Hall 258
Dean Catharine Freeman Email me 319-296-4041 Black Hawk Hall 258
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