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School of Business and Applied Arts


Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

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Photography

Associate Degree in Applied Arts

Program number: 102031

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 is a combination of 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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

All courses for this program are offered only in person.

Photography


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‚Äôs annual portfolio show.
Admission

To Apply

View the admission requirements for application deadlines, materials and requirements.

  • Review the admission checklist to learn how to apply to a program or certificate at Madison College.
  • Attend an Academic Information Session to get started in the admission process.
  • Visit MATC to learn more about the Madison College experience including campus tours and program open houses.

After Acceptance

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

Questions?

Contact the Enrollment Center at EnrollmentServices@madisoncollege.edu or (608) 246-6210.

Curriculum

Prospective program students, the information below reflects the basic requirements for students admitted for the 2018-2019 academic year. To learn more about Madison College, visit us.

Current program students (including newly admitted), go directly to your Degree Progress Report (also referred to as an Advising Report or Academic Requirements) to view:

  • Progress toward your specific requirements
  • Alternative (in lieu of) courses to meet specific requirements

If you have questions after reviewing your report, please see Advising Services.

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.
Careers

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
  • Estimated Program Cost
    # of Credits for Completion
    65
    Tuition
    $8864.90
    Materials/Supplemental Costs
    $1007.18
    Other Costs
    $0.00
    Total Program Costs:
    $9872.08
  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Program Graduates 15 22 11
    Number of Surveys Sent 14 21 10
    Number of Surveys Returned 10 20 9
    Percent of Surveys Returned 71.40% 95.20% 90.00%
    Available for Employment 10 20 7
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 100.00% 77.80%
    Not in Labor Market 0 0 2
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 0.00% 22.20%
    Available for Employment

    2015 2016 2017
    Graduates Employed 9 16 5
    Percent of Graduates Employed 90.00% 80.00% 71.40%
    Employed in Related Occupation 6 10 2
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 66.70% 62.50% 40.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 2 6 3
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 22.20% 37.50% 60.00%
    Employed - No Response 1 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 11.10% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 1 4 2
    Percent Seeking Employment 10.00% 20.00% 28.60%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.6 3.4 3.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 10 20 9
    Very Satisfied 6 8 4
    Percent Very Satisfied 60.00% 40.00% 44.40%
    Satisfied 4 12 5
    Percent Satisfied 40.00% 60.00% 55.60%
    Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Very Unsatisfied 0 0 0
    Percent Very Unsatisfied 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 10 20 9
    Preparation for Getting a Job 3 8 3
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 30.00% 40.00% 33.30%
    Career Change 4 6 4
    Percent Career Change 40.00% 30.00% 44.40%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 2 1 1
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 20.00% 5.00% 11.10%
    Preparation for Further Education 0 2 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 0.00% 10.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 1 3 1
    Percent Personal Interest 10.00% 15.00% 11.10%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 8 16 5
    Before Enrollment 1 5 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 12.50% 31.30% 20.00%
    While Attending the College 4 4 3
    Percent While Attending the College 50.00% 25.00% 60.00%
    After Training at the College 3 7 1
    Percent After Training at the College 37.50% 43.80% 20.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2015 2016 2017
    Number of Employment Location Responses 9 16 5
    In College District 5 12 3
    Percent In College District 55.60% 75.00% 60.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 2 2
    Percent of In Wisconsin 22.20% 12.50% 40.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 1 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 11.10% 6.30% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 1 0
    Percent Location Unknown 11.10% 6.30% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2015 2016 2017
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 3 5 No Data Available
    Average Monthly Wage $2,176 $5,275
    Average Hourly Wage $12.65 $30.67
    Average Work Hours per Week 41.7 42
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 2 4
    Average Hourly Wage $8.60 $44.58
    Average Work Hours per Week 21.7 23.8
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2017
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 8 10
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 31 22
    Total Jobs 39 32
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2017
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    August Photographer
    Hankr Photography Service Photographer Milwaukee
    Jeffrey Hamm Natural Light Photography Photographer Janesville

    * - Wisconsin TechConnectTM jobs are posted through a statewide consortium operated and funded by all 16 of the technical colleges in Wisconsin.

    ** - 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 techconnect@madisoncollege.edu