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The Photography Option within the AFA degree prepares students to transfer into a four-year Fine Arts/Photography Degree Program and/or develop as professionals within the field of Fine Arts Photography. The option combines fine art foundational skills and aesthetics with a contemporary approach to the photographic medium.Students in this program enjoy a unique photography experience that combines traditional chemistry, darkroom, and printing techniques with cutting edge digital technology. Classes are conducted in SCCC’s new photography facilities, in the Graphic Arts computer labs and in the Fine Art Studios.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate abstract relationships and elements and their expressive potential.
  • Demonstrate the uses of black and white film photography and/or digital technology as a form and medium of fine art.
  • Demonstrate an ability to make connections between theory and practice.
  • Demonstrate qualitative decision-making based on current photographic trends and art historical concepts.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking using artistic principles drawn from contemporary social, political, or personal issues.
  • Develop a portfolio of artwork.

Career Options

The Studio Arts AFA Photography Option is designed for students who wish to pursue careers in the fields of fine art photography or transfer into B.F.A. degree programs.

Transfer Options

The Studio Arts AFA is designed for students who wish to transfer into B.F.A. degree programs. Note, the statewide transfer agreement does not apply to the A.F.A. degrees. Be sure to consult with a counselor to review your goals.


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