“A picture is worth a thousand words.” For the images you capture, that’s a conservative estimate. So do it for a living.
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Recent Graduates
There are 12 recent graduates of this Madison College program.
Job Placement
89% job placement within six months of graduation.
Student Satisfaction
99% of our recent graduates report they are satisfied with their Madison College education.
Program Number: 102031
Your Degree:
Associate Degree
Area of Study:
Arts, Design and Humanities
Delivery Method:
100% In Person
Estimated Time to Complete:
63 Credits | Finish in 2 years (full-time attendance)
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  • Program Overview

    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 MATC'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.

    Program Details

    Students in the Photography program can attend full or part-time.

    Photography classes may be offered at these Madison College campuses:

    • Madison - Truax

    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.


    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
    • Photojournalist
    • Editorial Photographer
    • DSLR Videographer and Editor
  • Curriculum and Experience

    Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2021-2022 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 Semester
    2 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Second Semester
    3 credits
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Third Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    3 credits
    Fourth Semester
    3 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    2 credits
    3 credits
    Recommended Electives
    1 credit
    3 credits
  • Admission

    To Apply

    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.

    Fall 2022 Application Dates

    • Application open
    • Application completion deadline is August 31, 2022

    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
    Graduation from high school, completion of GED/HSED/GED02, or completion of an associate degree or higher is required; submit official transcripts for one of the following:

    • High school or charter school transcript (current high school seniors may submit an in-progress transcript) or GED02 transcript
    • GED/HSED score report
    • College transcript showing an associate degree or higher

    3. Residency Requirements
    Based on historical trends at Madison College a waitlist is not expected to form for this program. Therefore all applicants, regardless of residency status, are eligible for application review.

    Learn more about residency determination and program availability.

    Additional Notes

    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.

    After Acceptance

    Once you are admitted into your program, review the Start of Semester Checklist to prepare for your first day of classes at Madison College. 


    Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or 608.246.6210.

  • Transfer Opportunities

    Wisconsin Schools

    Students 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.
    Student 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.

    Non-Wisconsin Schools

    Students 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.
  • Career Outcomes

    After completing the Photography program at Madison Area Technical College, you will be able to:

    1. Apply the principles of design and storytelling to develop media products and services.
    2. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of media software, tools, and technology.
    3. Implement creative solutions from concept through completion.
    4. Communicate creative rationale in formal and informal settings.
    5. Implement project management skills to meet customer and market demands.
    6. Apply effective and ethical business practices.
    • Graduate Summary

      Graduate Report Summary Overview

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Program Graduates 15 10 12
      Number of Surveys Sent 15 10 12
      Number of Surveys Returned 8 8 7
      Percent of Surveys Returned
      Available for Employment 7 7 7
      Percent Available for Employment 87.5% 87.5% 100.0%
      Not in Labor Market 1 1 0
      Percent Not in Labor Market 12.5% 12.5% 0.0%
      Available for Employment

      2018 2019 2020
      Graduates Employed 7 4 7
      Percent of Graduates Employed 100.0% 57.1% 100.0%
      Employed in Related Occupation 5 1 2
      Percent Employed in Related Occupation 71.4% 25.0% 28.6%
      Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 3 5
      Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 28.6% 75.0% 71.4%
      Employed - No Response 0 0 0
      Percent Employed - No Response 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Seeking Employment 0 3 0
      Percent Seeking Employment 0.0% 42.9% 0.0%
      Reaction To Training at Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.8 3 3.4
      Number of Satisfaction Responses 8 8 7
      Very Satisfied (4) 6 2 3
      Percent Very Satisfied 75.0% 25.0% 42.9%
      Satisfied (3) 2 5 4
      Percent Satisfied 25.0% 62.5% 57.1%
      Unsatisfied (2) 0 0 0
      Percent Unsatisfied 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Very Unsatisfed (1) 0 1 0
      Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.0% 12.5% 0.0%
      Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Primary Reason Responses 8 8 7
      Preparation for Getting a Job 2 4 1
      Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 25.0% 50.0% 14.3%
      Career Change 2 2 1
      Percent Career Change 25.0% 25.0% 14.3%
      Improvement of Existing Skills 2 0 2
      Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 25.0% 0.0% 28.6%
      Preparation for Further Education 0 0 1
      Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.0% 0.0% 14.3%
      Personal Interest 2 2 2
      Percent Personal Interest 25.0% 25.0% 28.6%
      Other 0 0 0
      Percent Other 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      When Employment was Obtained

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 7 4 7
      Before Enrollment 1 1 2
      Percent Before Enrollment 14.3% 25.0% 28.6%
      While Attending the College 1 2 2
      Percent While Attending the College 14.3% 50.0% 28.6%
      After Training at the College 5 1 3
      Percent After Training at the College 71.4% 25.0% 42.9%
      Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

      2018 2019 2020
      Number of Employment Location Responses 7 4 7
      In College District 4 3 6
      Percent In College District 57.1% 75.0% 85.7%
      In Wisconsin, Not in District 3 0 1
      Percent of In Wisconsin 42.9% 0.0% 14.3%
      Outside of Wisconsin 0 1 0
      Percent Outside Wisconsin 0.0% 25.0% 0.0%
      Employer Location Unknown 0 0 0
      Percent Location Unknown 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
      Salary Trend
      Salary Trend 2018 2019 2020
      Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 2 1
      Average Monthly Wage $2,712 $2,322
      Average Hourly Wage $15.77 $13.50
      Average Work Hours per Week 42.5 45.0
      Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 1 1
      Average Hourly Wage $16.00 $19.23
      Average Work Hours per Week 30.0 30.0
    • Graduate Employers

      Graduate Employers for academic year: 2020
      Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
      LifeTouch Photographer Eau Claire
      Wisconsin Commercial Group Director Of Operations Monona

      * - Only cities outside of Madison will display.

      ** - Only states outside of Wisconsin will display.

      *** - If you have a position to post, please contact Career and Employment Services at jobpostings@madisoncollege.edu

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  • Friday: 8 am - 4 pm (Virtual Only)