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The Photography Associate Degree program at Madison College is designed to equip you with a solid foundation in commercial photography. Our courses will help you develop an individual style, give you hands-on experience with the latest digital technologies, and provide you with the business skills necessary to succeed in the field of photography. Madison College's Photography program combines classroom lectures and demonstrations, practical hands-on assignment work in studios and labs, and real-world experience through internships and assignments that emulate contract work for clients.
Graduates of Madison College's Photography program will participate in our annual employer-attended portfolio show and enter the job market with a professional portfolio showing prospective employers the skills and capabilities acquired at Madison Area Technical College.
Photography Program Details
Students in the Photography program can attend full- or part-time.
Photography classes are offered at the Madison College Truax campus.
Your Advantages at Madison College
- Take on-campus classes with professional photographers who teach vital skills and share real-world experiences.
- Test the latest digital photography technologies in our fully equipped photography studio at the Truax campus.
- Join the Madison College Creative Arts Collective to learn and network outside of your classes.
- Show your photography work to potential employers in Madison College’s annual portfolio show.
Careers in Photography
Earning your associate degree in Photography at Madison Area Technical College prepares you for a range of professional positions in the field of photography, including:
- Professional Photographer
- Portrait and Wedding Photographer
- Commercial Photographer
- Architectural Photographer
- Industrial Photographer
- Corporate Staff Photographer
- Government Staff Photographer
- Commercial Studio Assistant
- Portrait Studio Assistant
- Editorial Photographer
- DSLR Videographer and Editor
Curriculum and Experience
Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2023-2024 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.
Current and newly admitted program students, go directly to your Degree Progress Report to view:
- Progress toward your specific requirements
- Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements
If you have questions after reviewing your degree progress report (advisement report), please see Advising Services.First SemesterSecond SemesterThird SemesterFourth SemesterRecommended Electives
Earning a degree is a great way to advance your career development opportunities, so apply today!
International students who wish to apply for, maintain, or transfer their F-1 student visa status to Madison College are required to complete the International Admission Process.
- Application open
- Application completion deadline is August 31, 2024
All materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
1. Admission Application
The online application allows you to save your work as you complete it and ensures fast, secure delivery to our office.
2. Education Completion
Official transcripts must be sent from the institutions you attended and indicate one of the following:
- High school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript)
- GED/HSED transcript
- College transcript(s) showing:
- Completion of an associate degree or higher, or
- At least 30 credits completed with a minimum GPA of 2.0 on a 4-point scale
- The credits must be completed at a single college and cannot be combined with other transcripts
- Any transfer credit listed on a transcript does not count toward the 30-credit minimum
All high school and/or college transcripts are recommended to be submitted for Credit for Prior Learning evaluation.
- Class capacity is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
- Course prerequisites differ from admission requirements; admission into a program does not guarantee eligibility to enroll in courses or success in the program. Refer to program curriculum for details.
Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College.
UW System SchoolsThe terms of the Leadership & Org Studies agreement are limited to students who complete an associates of applied science degree and are admitted to the Organizational Studies emphasis of the Leadership and Organizational Studies at UW O. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
Wisconsin Private SchoolsStudent who earn an Associate Degree from Madison College can transfer a minimum of 60 credits and a maximum of 72 credits to Lakeland College to be applied to the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Sciences degree.Students who complete the photography program can transfer up to 64 credits toward the Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Leadership offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.
Out-of-State SchoolsStudents who complete any associate degree at Madison Area Technical College will have no additional general education core curriculum requirements to meet but must satisfy the Kirkpatrick Signature Series requirement. This applies to students who are pursuing a bachelors of arts, bachelors of science or bachelors of fine arts at Bellevue University.Students graduating with an associate degree from MATC with a 2.0 GPA or higher are guaranteed admissions into CSU-Global and can transfer up to 64 semester credits from MATC to be applied toward earning a Bachelor’s Degree at CSU-Global.
After completing the Photography program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:
- Apply the principles of design and storytelling to develop media products and services.
- Demonstrate proficiency in the use of media software, tools, and technology.
- Implement creative solutions from concept through completion.
- Communicate creative rationale in formal and informal settings.
- Implement project management skills to meet customer and market demands.
- Apply effective and ethical business practices.
Graduate Report Summary Overview
2020 2021 2022 Number of Program Graduates 12 13 13 Number of Surveys Sent 12 13 13 Number of Surveys Returned 7 9 9 Percent of Surveys Returned Available for Employment 7 9 8 Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 88.90% Not in Labor Market Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 11.10% Available for Employment
2020 2021 2022 Graduates Employed 7 7 5 Percent of Graduates Employed 100.00% 77.80% 62.50% Employed in Related Occupation 2 3 3 Percent Employed in Related Occupation 28.60% 42.90% 60.00% Employed in Unrelated Occupation 5 4 2 Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 71.40% 57.10% 40.00% Employed - No Response 0 0 0 Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Seeking Employment 0 2 3 Percent Seeking Employment 0.00% 22.20% 37.50% Reaction To Training at Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.1 3.4 Number of Satisfaction Responses 7 9 9 Very Satisfied (4) 3 5 4 Percent Very Satisfied 42.90% 55.60% 44.40% Satisfied (3) 4 1 5 Percent Satisfied 57.10% 11.10% 55.60% Unsatisfied (2) 0 2 0 Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 22.20% 0.00% Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0 Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 11.10% 0.00% Primary Reason for Attending Madison College
2020 2021 2022 Number of Primary Reason Responses 7 9 9 Preparation for Getting a Job 1 4 3 Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 14.30% 44.40% 33.30% Career Change 1 3 4 Percent Career Change 14.30% 33.30% 44.40% Improvement of Existing Skills 2 2 1 Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 28.60% 22.20% 11.10% Preparation for Further Education 1 0 0 Percent Preparation for Further Education 14.30% 0.00% 0.00% Personal Interest 2 0 1 Percent Personal Interest 28.60% 0.00% 11.10% Other 0 0 0 Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% When Employment was Obtained
2020 2021 2022 Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 7 7 5 Before Enrollment 2 3 1 Percent Before Enrollment 28.60% 42.90% 20.00% While Attending the College 2 0 2 Percent While Attending the College 28.60% 0.00% 40.00% After Training at the College 3 4 2 Percent After Training at the College 42.90% 57.10% 40.00% Location of Employment (related and unrelated)
2020 2021 2022 Number of Employment Location Responses 6 7 5 In College District 6 6 5 Percent In College District 100.00% 85.70% 100.00% In Wisconsin, Not in District 0 0 0 Percent of In Wisconsin 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0 Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.00% 14.30% 0.00% Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0 Percent Location Unknown 0.00% 0.00% 0.00% Salary Trend Salary Trend 2020 2021 2022 Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 1 1 2 Average Monthly Wage $2,322 $3,440 $4,035 Average Hourly Wage $13.50 $20.00 $23.46 Average Work Hours per Week 45 40 55 Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 2 0 Average Hourly Wage $19.23 $28.50 Average Work Hours per Week 30 19 30
Graduate Employers for academic year: 2022 Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions Self-Employed Photographer Fitchburg The Rock Agency In-House Photographer
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