Professional Photography

Professional Photography



The Professional Portrait & Wedding Photography Associate in Applied Science Degree is an in-depth Photography Program. The curriculum for the Professional Portrait & Wedding Photography degree is designed to develop the aspiring photographer`s shooting skills, with emphasis on building technical abilities as well as the liberal education studies. Persistence and motivation are keys to securing employment and advancement.

Program Title:
Professional Photography

Award Type:
Associate in Applied Science Degree

Credits: Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60
Award Outcomes:
  • Exhibit professional and ethical behavior.
  • Produce a photographic portfolio.
  • Communicate effectively with clients.
  • Think critically in solving problems.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency in the use of professional photographic equipment.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of photographic software programs.
  • Utilize photographic light modifying devices.
  • Demonstrate photographic workflow proficiency.
  • Create highest quality photographic images.
  • Develop a personal photographic style.
  • Understand role and function as part of a creative team.

Career Opportunities:
The courses of study in the Professional Portrait & Wedding Photography degree are designed to train the graduate for an entry-level position as a well-rounded professional photographer with the ability to think through and solve the many technical and esthetic problems associated with this very conceptual and inventive career field. As a photographer`s assistant or photographer, job opportunities exist in privately owned studios or as a self-employed small business owner.

Choose Total Associate in Applied Science Degree Credits 60 credits from the following areas:
Technical Studies Required: 42 Credits
PRPO1012 Introduction to Professional Photography 3
PRPO1051 Ambient Lighting Controls 3
PRPO1071 Photographic Design 2
PRPO1170 Photographer`s Assistant 3
PRPO1242 Portraiture I 3
PRPO1290 Location Flash Photography 3
PRPO1400 Digital Darkroom I 3
PRPO1800 Digital Darkroom II 3
PRPO2100 Digital Darkroom III 3
PRPO2402 Portraiture II 3
PRPO2410 Business of Photography 2
PRPO2460 Wedding Photography 3
PRPO2530 Portraiture III 3
PRPO2580 Professional Photography Internship I 2
PRPO2822 Professional Photography Portfolio 3
Technical Studies Electives: 3 Credits
Any PRPO course that is not required for this award may be used as an elective.
General Education Required: 9 Credits
COMM2050 Interpersonal Communication 3
ENGL2125 Technical Writing 3
PHIL2100 Critical Thinking 3
General Education Electives: 6 Credits
Hennepin Technical College’s 2000-level general education courses meet the guidelines of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).