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Visual Arts, Photography Specialization AAA

Associate of Applied Arts (AAA)

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For students who intend to pursue careers in photography. Program coursework provides a foundation for the fine and applied arts and allows students to learn techniques specific to photography. Students are required to prepare portfolios of their work.

Program Requirements and Special Conditions

Students must meet JTCC admission requirements. Students may need to complete placement tests in English and mathematics. Visit for all course placement options. If students have deficiencies in English and/or mathematics, JTCC offers developmental and prerequisite courses to prepare students for the curriculum. New students should visit the Advising Center and returning students their faculty advisor for more information.

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Required Courses CR. Pre-requisite Courses Approved Course Substitutions
SDV 101 Orientation to Visual and Performing Arts Programs 1   SDV 100
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 See Placement Requirements  
ART 101 History and Appreciation of Art I 3    
ART 180 Introduction to Computer Graphics 3    
ART 121 Drawing I 3    
ART 131 Fundamentals of Design I 3    
ENG 112 College Composition II 3 ENG 111  
ART 102 History and Appreciation of Art II 3    
ART 132 Fundamentals of Design II 3    
ART 130 Introduction to Multimedia 4    
MILESTONE: Complete ART 122 as a General Elective and ART 287 to earn Fine Arts Certificate
Mathematics or Science Elective 3 See Placement Requirements See Note 2
PHT 110 History of Photography 3    
PHT 135 Electronic Darkroom 3    
PHT 164 Introduction to Digital Photography 3    
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3   See Note 3
ART Elective 3   See Note 4
Communications Studies and Theatre Elective 3    
Photography or Film Elective 3   See Note 5
PHT 221 Studio Lighting I 3    
PHT 264 Digital Photography II Offered Spring only 3 PHT 164  
ART 287 Portfolio and Resume Preparation 1 Majors only – Taken during last semester See Note 6
Total Minimum Credits to Complete 60  


Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities – This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their faculty advisors and their intended transfer institution for specific direction in program and course selection. Required courses for any major at four-year institutions may vary.

  1. Students are strongly encouraged to complete their SDV, ENG, and MTH requirements first.
  2. The mathematics/science elective requirement can be satisfied by courses with the following prefixes: BIO, CHM, ENV, GOL, MTH, NAS and PHY. Students should consult with their faculty advisors to determine the best option.
  3. The social/behavioral science elective can be satisfied with the following prefixes: ECO, GEO, PLS, HIS, PSY, and SOC.
  4. Approved Photography courses may be used to fulfill the Art elective requirement. Students should consult with their faculty advisors.
  5. Approved ART or CST courses may be used to satisfy the photography or film elective. Students should consult with their faculty advisors.
  6. Student must develop a portfolio during their last semester of study.
  7. Related Awards – Fine Arts Certificate (C), Photography Career Studies Certificate (CSC)
  8. Students should regularly meet with their academic advisor and check their advisement report in MyTyler – SIS.

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Division of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Chester: 804-706-5086
Midlothian: 804-594-1509


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