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Associate Degree

Program Number: 102031

Credits: 63

Area of Study: Arts, Design and Humanities

Delivery Method:
100% In Person*

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,026.70
Materials/Supplemental Costs
Other Costs
Total Estimated Program Costs*:

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.



  • 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.

To Apply

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 Enrollment Services at or 608.246.6210.


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.


Madison College has the following Transfer Partnerships for this program. Review the list and identify the right college or university to earn your bachelor’s degree. 

After you identify your best transfer options, review the steps to transfer, attend transfer events, and meet with your program advisor every semester to keep your transfer plans on track.

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.

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.

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

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  • Graduate Summary
    Graduate Report Summary Overview

    Number of Program Graduates151012
    Number of Surveys Sent151012
    Number of Surveys Returned887
    Percent of Surveys Returned53.3%80.0%58.3%
    Available for Employment777
    Percent Available for Employment87.5%87.5%100.0%
    Not in Labor Market110
    Percent Not in Labor Market12.5%12.5%0.0%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed747
    Percent of Graduates Employed100.0%57.1%100.0%
    Employed in Related Occupation512
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation71.4%25.0%28.6%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation235
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation28.6%75.0%71.4%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Seeking Employment030
    Percent Seeking Employment0.0%42.9%0.0%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.833.4
    Number of Satisfaction Responses887
    Very Satisfied (4)623
    Percent Very Satisfied75.0%25.0%42.9%
    Satisfied (3)254
    Percent Satisfied25.0%62.5%57.1%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)010
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.0%12.5%0.0%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses887
    Preparation for Getting a Job241
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job25.0%50.0%14.3%
    Career Change221
    Percent Career Change25.0%25.0%14.3%
    Improvement of Existing Skills202
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills25.0%0.0%28.6%
    Preparation for Further Education001
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.0%0.0%14.3%
    Personal Interest222
    Percent Personal Interest25.0%25.0%28.6%
    Percent Other0.0%0.0%0.0%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses747
    Before Enrollment112
    Percent Before Enrollment14.3%25.0%28.6%
    While Attending the College122
    Percent While Attending the College14.3%50.0%28.6%
    After Training at the College513
    Percent After Training at the College71.4%25.0%42.9%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses747
    In College District436
    Percent In College District57.1%75.0%85.7%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District301
    Percent of In Wisconsin42.9%0.0%14.3%
    Outside of Wisconsin010
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.0%25.0%0.0%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.0%0.0%0.0%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201820192020
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count21
    Average Monthly Wage$2,712$2,322
    Average Hourly Wage$15.77$13.50
    Average Work Hours per Week42.545.0
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count11
    Average Hourly Wage$16.00$19.23
    Average Work Hours per Week30.030.0
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Self-employed Photographer

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