Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Photography - A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount
Program Datasheet: Download Photography Datasheet  

Major Description

Today's world depends on visual images more than ever. Students in the A.S. Photography Program learn to master the ability to make, not take, the images that communicate ideas, celebrate the important moments in our lives, sell our products, and document significant events around us. The Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Photography gives students the opportunity to develop technical expertise and unique individual expression through the medium of Photography.

With the help of experienced instructors, students receive hands-on instruction in learning the skills they need to enter the world of professional arts, media and design. In this program, students become experienced in both studio and location shooting. Graduates may work as freelance photographers or follow other alumni who have chosen employment at places like the Mayo Clinic, the VA Medical Center and Space Crafting.

Many graduates have chosen to continue their education after graduating from DCTC. Successful Alumni have gone on to four-year programs in the Minnesota State College system. Some have continued in programs at the University of Minnesota and nationally acclaimed schools like Brooks Institute and Hallmark School of Photography.


Effective fall semester 2015 all students enrolling in a photography program will be required to own a DSLR (digital single lens reflex) at the start of their first semester.


Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm lens
Students entering the program who already own a DSLR camera must obtain instructor consent that their camera is a reasonable equivalent within the first week of class.

Skills Developed

  • Mastery of Studio Equipment and Professional DSLR and Medium Format Digital Cameras
  • Studio and Location Portraits, Studio Product, Editorial Styles, and Pro Techniques
  • Fundamentals of Design and Historical Perspectives in Art and Communication
  • Post-Production, File Management, and Digital Imaging Skills
  • Development of a Professional Portfolio Needed For Work


This program offers Credit for Prior Learning (CPL). Seek credit for life experience to accelerate your progress toward a degree, diploma, or certificate. Visit the Credit for Prior Learning page to learn more.

Photography Advisor & Instructors
Amy Eppen
Amy Eppen
Enrollment Advisor and Financial Aid Specialist
Darrell Tangen
Darrell Tangen
Peter Latner
Peter Latner
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Program Costs*

A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr.
Fees $21.45/cr.
Tools/Equipment $1,700
Textbooks $700
Supplies $650
Personal Property Fee $500
Grand Total $14,974

Put Your Tuition on Ice!

That's right. Tuition will remain the same for the next two years, making your degree even more affordable. Learn more about the tuition freeze.

Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, Dakota County Technical College and the DCTC Foundation make more than $200,000 in scholarships available to our students. Students are encouraged to create an account and apply for scholarships online.

Work-Study & Student Worker Positions

Students looking for ways to help finance their college education can find part-time jobs on campus with various DCTC departments and programs. Deliver your completed Work-Study Application to the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid and search for openings at College Central Network Services. For more information, you can review Work Study Procedure.

Financial Aid

Step 1: Apply now for financial aid. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
DCTC's Federal School Code: 010402

Step 2: After receiving an official award letter from DCTC, you may apply online for a Federal Stafford Student Loan. Visit the Loans page for more information.

Financial Aid Inforgraphic
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Work Environment

Professional photographers, self-employed or employed by small, medium, and large organizations, succeed in a multitude of niches. Harnessing creativity to their strong technical skills, photographers typically gravitate towards an area of scientific, commercial, market-based, or artistic specialization.

Job Outlook

Employment in the general areas of Arts, Design, and Media Occupations is expected to grow at a rate of seven percent from 2012-22, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Over the next decade, demand for freelance photographers may grow at a higher rate than the rate for full-time jobs, as discretionary income increases and as demand for contract photography jobs via internet marketing, magazines, social media, and commercial advertising increase (Source,, 2015). 

Gainful Employment Reports

Gainful Employment Reports are not available for this program.

Career Information

Career Information is not currently available from CareerWise for this program.
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Transfer Options


Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements are formal agreements between two or more colleges and universities to accept credits in transfer toward a specific academic program. DCTC has articulation agreements in place for this program with the following schools:

Transfer To Degree Major Offered  
Sorry, there are no Articulation Agreements in place for this program.
Don't worry though, courses in this program may still transfer to other colleges or universities. Visit Transferology for fast and accurate course and transfer equivalency information.

Transfer Resources

TransferologyDo you want to see how your courses transfer to programs at participating colleges and universities? Add the coursework you've taken and use Transferology to find out how it might transfer to any of the participating schools in the Transferology network. Get an account and create a plan now!


Minnesota Transfer.orgMN Your official guide to a seamless transfer experience in Minnesota Higher Education.

Transferring to DCTC?

Whether you're a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces or an international student or transferring from high school or a four-year university, DCTC will help you through the process. Visit our Transfer Students page for more information.

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News & Events


The Photography program at DCTC is active throughout the year and makes headlines in college publications. Read about student success in design competitions and student field trips, the accomplishments of our photography instructors, and the careers of program alumni.

Photography on Social Media

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Clubs & Organizations


As a student in DCTC's Photography program, you have many opportunities to make connections in the photography industry through your involvement in professional clubs and organizations.

Getting Connected on Campus

DCTC features active, industry-relevant clubs for Photography students right on campus. Getting involved in these clubs allows you to make the most of your college experience and gives you an edge when seeking employment in the photography field. The following club is a must if you're at all interested in boosting your competitive moxie as a professional photographer:

SkillsUSA is a national nonprofit organization for students at community and technical colleges across the U.S. The organization focuses on students in academic programs that lead to careers in the trade, industrial, technical and health care fields. Nearly 100 SkillsUSA competitions at the state and national levels relate to leadership skills or programs of study at DCTC.

In 2012, DCTC fielded four national champions at the SkillsUSA National Championships at the National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City, Mo. For more information about the competition, read "Students Dominate SkillsUSA Championships" in DCTC News, a DCTC publication.

In 2013, DCTC fielded 17 students at the nationals who ranked in the top 15 in the nation. For more information about the competition, read "DCTC Students Rock at SkillsUSA Nationals" on DCTC News.

DCTC Photons
The DCTC Photons is a student run organization that is open to all students and faculty who are interested in photography and the visual communications field. The club offers hands on opportunities to learn more about the visual communications field, through networking, workshops, volunteering and photo walks. You must be a current or registered student at Dakota County Technical College to be a member. All DCTC students and faculty are encouraged to become DCTC Photons.

For a complete list of extra curricular opportunities at DCTC, visit our Campus Life page.