Associate Degree

Program number: 102031

Credits: 65

Area of Study: Arts, Design and Humanities

Financial Aid Available

Estimated Program Cost:

Tuition - $9,016.80
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.

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’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 2020-2021 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

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Program Graduates 22 11 15
    Number of Surveys Sent 21 10 15
    Number of Surveys Returned 20 9 8
    Percent of Surveys Returned 95.20% 90.00% 53.30%
    Available for Employment 20 7 7
    Percent Available for Employment 100.00% 77.80% 87.50%
    Not in Labor Market 0 2 1
    Percent Not in Labor Market 0.00% 22.20% 12.50%
    Available for Employment

    2016 2017 2018
    Graduates Employed 16 5 7
    Percent of Graduates Employed 80.00% 71.40% 100.00%
    Employed in Related Occupation 10 2 5
    Percent Employed in Related Occupation 62.50% 40.00% 71.40%
    Employed in Unrelated Occupation 6 3 2
    Percent Employed in Unrelated Occupation 37.50% 60.00% 28.60%
    Employed - No Response 0 0 0
    Percent Employed - No Response 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Seeking Employment 4 2 0
    Percent Seeking Employment 20.00% 28.60% 0.00%
    Reaction To Training at Madison College

    2016 2017 2018
    Student satisfaction Mean (Out of 4) 3.4 3.4 3.8
    Number of Satisfaction Responses 20 9 8
    Very Satisfied 8 4 6
    Percent Very Satisfied 40.00% 44.40% 75.00%
    Satisfied 12 5 2
    Percent Satisfied 60.00% 55.60% 25.00%
    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

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Primary Reason Responses 20 9 8
    Preparation for Getting a Job 8 3 2
    Percent Preparation for Getting a Job 40.00% 33.30% 25.00%
    Career Change 6 4 2
    Percent Career Change 30.00% 44.40% 25.00%
    Improvement of Existing Skills 1 1 2
    Percent Improvement of Existing Skills 5.00% 11.10% 25.00%
    Preparation for Further Education 2 0 0
    Percent Preparation for Further Education 10.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    Personal Interest 3 1 2
    Percent Personal Interest 15.00% 11.10% 25.00%
    Other 0 0 0
    Percent Other 0.00% 0.00% 0.00%
    When Employment was Obtained

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of When Employment Obtained Responses 16 5 7
    Before Enrollment 5 1 1
    Percent Before Enrollment 31.30% 20.00% 14.30%
    While Attending the College 4 3 1
    Percent While Attending the College 25.00% 60.00% 14.30%
    After Training at the College 7 1 5
    Percent After Training at the College 43.80% 20.00% 71.40%
    Location of Employment (related and unrelated)

    2016 2017 2018
    Number of Employment Location Responses 16 5 7
    In College District 12 3 4
    Percent In College District 75.00% 60.00% 57.10%
    In Wisconsin, Not in District 2 2 3
    Percent of In Wisconsin 12.50% 40.00% 42.90%
    Outside of Wisconsin 1 0 0
    Percent Outside Wisconsin 6.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Employer Location Unknown 1 0 0
    Percent Location Unknown 6.30% 0.00% 0.00%
    Salary Trend
    Salary Trend 2016 2017 2018
    Full Time Employment (Related Job) Full Time Salary Count 5 2
    Average Monthly Wage $5,275 $2,712
    Average Hourly Wage $30.67 $15.77
    Average Work Hours per Week 42 42.5
    Part Time Employment (Related Job) Part Time Salary Count 4 1
    Average Hourly Wage $44.58 $16.00
    Average Work Hours per Week 23.8 30
  • Graduate Employers
    Total Positions Open for academic year: 2018
    Wisconsin TechConnectTM Jobs* Madison Non-Madison
    Number of Full Time Positions Open 34 8
    Number of Part Time Positions Open 6 13
    Total Jobs 40 21
    Graduate Employers for academic year: 2018
    Employer(s) Job Title City** State*** Positions
    ATL Photography Owner Mount Horeb
    Bag Borrow Or Steal Photo Editor Middleton
    Quad Graphics Photographer Monroe

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