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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 - $8,897.55
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 MATC.


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 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.


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 Graduates111510
    Number of Surveys Sent101510
    Number of Surveys Returned988
    Percent of Surveys Returned90.00%53.30%80.00%
    Available for Employment777
    Percent Available for Employment77.80%87.50%87.50%
    Not in Labor Market211
    Percent Not in Labor Market22.20%12.50%12.50%
    Available for Employment

    Graduates Employed574
    Percent of Graduates Employed71.40%100.00%57.10%
    Employed in Related Occupation251
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation40.00%71.40%25.00%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation323
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation60.00%28.60%75.00%
    Employed - No Response000
    Percent Employed - No Response0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Seeking Employment203
    Percent Seeking Employment28.60%0.00%42.90%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4)3.43.83
    Number of Satisfaction Responses988
    Very Satisfied (4)462
    Percent Very Satisfied44.40%75.00%25.00%
    Satisfied (3)525
    Percent Satisfied55.60%25.00%62.50%
    Unsatisfied (2)000
    Percent Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Very Unsatisfed (1)001
    Percent Very Unsatisfied0.00%0.00%12.50%
    Primary Reason for Attending Madison College

    Number of Primary Reason Responses988
    Preparation for Getting a Job324
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job33.30%25.00%50.00%
    Career Change422
    Percent Career Change44.40%25.00%25.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills120
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills11.10%25.00%0.00%
    Preparation for Further Education000
    Percent Preparation for Further Education0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Personal Interest122
    Percent Personal Interest11.10%25.00%25.00%
    Percent Other0.00%0.00%0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses574
    Before Enrollment111
    Percent Before Enrollment20.00%14.30%25.00%
    While Attending the College312
    Percent While Attending the College60.00%14.30%50.00%
    After Training at the College151
    Percent After Training at the College20.00%71.40%25.00%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    Number of Employment Location Responses574
    In College District343
    Percent In College District60.00%57.10%75.00%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District230
    Percent of In Wisconsin40.00%42.90%0.00%
    Outside of Wisconsin001
    Percent Outside Wisconsin0.00%0.00%25.00%
    Employer Location Unknown000
    Percent Location Unknown0.00%0.00%0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend201720182019
    Full Time Employment (Related Job)Full Time Salary Count2
    Average Monthly Wage$2,712
    Average Hourly Wage$15.77
    Average Work Hours per Week42.5
    Part Time Employment (Related Job)Part Time Salary Count1
    Average Hourly Wage$16.00
    Average Work Hours per Week30
  • Graduate Employers
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2019
    Employer(s) Job Title City* State** Positions
    Self-employed Photographer

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