Program Overview

Awards/Outcomes Credits Location
 Photography - A.S. Degree 60 cr. Rosemount

Major Description

Integrating the art, science and business of photography in a dynamic curriculum, this program allows students to achieve one or more of the following goals:

  1. Starting a photography business
  2. Entering a specific sector of the visual communications workplace
  3. Acceptance to a four-year college

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.

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Related Programs

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Photography Advisor & Instructors
Amy Eppen
Peter Latner
William Eilers
Darrell Tangen
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Program Costs*

A.S. Degree – 60 credits
Tuition $168.95/cr.
Fees $20.81/cr.
Tools/Equipment $1,700
Textbooks $700
Supplies $650
Personal Property Fee $500
Grand Total $26,321.20

*Estimated amounts based on 2014–15 tuition and fees.

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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The world of photography is replete with specialized niches. The best photographers find their niche and excel at providing superb examples of their art, but they are also versatile with a broad, working knowledge of many photographic subjects. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional photographers perform six typical duties during their workday (the list is by no means complete):

  • Market and advertise services to attract clients
  • Analyze and decide how to compose a subject
  • Use various photographic techniques and equipment
  • Capture subjects in commercial-quality photographs
  • Enhance the subject’s appearance with natural or artificial light
  • Maintain a digital portfolio, often a website, to demonstrate work

ISEEK, Minnesota's career, education and job resource, reports that the outlook for photographers varies by employer. ISEEK: "The number of jobs in the newspaper and magazine industry will drop. In contrast, the demand for portrait photographers is increasing as the population grows. Additional job growth will be with news and wire services. Photographers will be needed to use digital equipment to transmit digital images. Rapid growth of Internet versions of magazines, journals, and newspapers will require commercial photographers to provide digital images. Use of the Internet will also allow freelance photographers the ability to market directly to customers. This will increase the opportunities for self-employment."

Salary Data

Potential Job Titles

  • Advertising Photographer
  • Forensic Photographer
  • Medical Photographer
  • Photojournalist
  • Portrait Photographer
  • Sports Photographer
  • Visual Information Media Generalist
  • Wedding Photographer

Gainful Employment Reports

Gainful Employment Reports are not available 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 in the News

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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 Real Magazine, 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.