School of Business and Applied Arts

Truax D3631
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704

Office Hours:
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CALL: (608) 246-6003 ext. 8
FAX: (608) 243-4754


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

Explore financial aid eligibility for this program.

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.


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.

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:

  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