Associate Degree in Applied Arts

Program number: 102031


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

All courses for this program are offered only in person.



  • 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.

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.


Contact the Enrollment Center at or (608) 246-6210.


The courses listed below outline the requirements for completion for students officially admitted in the 2017-2018 academic year. Requirements for completion may vary depending on the semester in which a student is admitted or may be completed by other equivalent courses. Current/continuing students should consult their Academic Requirements report available through their student account for specific requirements and equivalent courses.

First Semester

3 credits

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester



2 credits


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

  • Demonstrate self-management skills.
  • Model professional and ethical behavior.
  • Create a self-promotion/self-marketing plan.
  • Create and maintain relationships.
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills.
  • Demonstrate computer skills that directly support photography.
  • Demonstrate basic principles of photography.
  • Demonstrate technical problem-solving skills to determine the best solutions to difficult situations.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency and application of basic digital imaging skills.

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