Why Photography at DCTC?

The Photography program at DCTC is designed to bring out your best technical and artistic talents as a photographer. You will study in state-of-the-art facilities under the direction of award-winning instructors with decades of industry experience. Photography at DCTC is the ideal mix of business sense, creativity and technological competence with your future success as a professional photographer held front and center as the keystone priority.

One of the best features of the program is the sense of community shared by graduates, students and instructors. Photographers in the program benefit from a natural camaraderie. They learn from each other and grow as artists as they hone their technical skills and broaden their creative capacity. The possibilities for academic and professional development in photography as a field of study really are limitless.

Quick Facts

  • Employment for photographers in Minnesota is expected to grow by 16.8 percent from 2010 to 2020, which is faster than the statewide median (ISEEK Careers).

  • The Associate of Science, or A.S. degree, offered by the program is perfect if you are looking to go on and earn a more advanced degree at a four-year institution.

  • Instructor Darrell Tangen has a master's degree in education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in industrial education from the University of Minnesota; check out his bio.

  • Instructor Bill Eilers graduated summa cum laude from the University of Minnesota with a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with an emphasis on visual journalism and editorial photography, check out his bio.

  • Instructor Peter Latner has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; his industry experience includes work as a staff photographer with the Walker Art Center and as a museum photographer with the Minnesota Historical Society; check out his bio.

  • Sixty-three percent of photographers in Minnesota are self-employed.

  • At last count, the photography profession boasted at least 30 different kinds of photographers, from wildlife to fashion to stock to photojournalist to science to travel; for the complete list visit: "30 Types of Photographers Exposed – Which One Are You?"