• "My experience at the St. Petersburg College Photography Program was really valuable and influential in the way I work and perform today. The facilities and the individual attention from professors helped me build a strong background of technical and conceptual knowledge. Also the valuable information that I gained from the program at SPC helped me be prepared for the transfer process on to a university’s Fine Art program."
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Photography

  • Facilities

    SPC photographic facilities include a professional shooting studio, color processing area, 20-station digital studio, medium to large format industry-standard printers and private labs for students.

  • Photographic Technology
    Associate in Science

    PGY-AS

    Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2015 (505)

    The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2015 (505), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.



    Program Leadership Information

    Dr. Jonathan Steele, Dean, CL, (727) 791-5987
    Jonathan Barnes, Academic Department Chair, CL, (727) 791-5997
    Barton Gilmore, Lead Instructor, CL, (727) 791-2685

    Program Summary

    *** THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING STUDENTS. LAST ADMISSION TERM IS FALL 2017 (535) ***
    The Photographic Technology Program at St. Petersburg College will prepare students to work with comprehensive technical and theoretical training in commercial, advertising and industrial photography and a wide range of photographic and imaging technologies. Students will be qualified to apply to work in advertising agencies, design and photographic studios, digital labs, and other businesses utilizing photography for display and sales.

    Students will develop entry-level skills for the editorial, advertising, fine art and photo technology fields. The program provides an excellent means to explore an interest in photography either as a hobby or for professional development. It is ideal for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of commercial photography, or to complement careers in public relations, graphic design or writing.

    The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
    o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
    o suggested course when more than one option exists
    o which semester each course is typically offered
    o if the course has a prerequisite
    o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

    If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

    If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

    Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


    Graduation Rules

    Minimum grade of "C" required in all Support and Major courses.

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Composition

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.3

    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Communications - Speech

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Social and Behavioral Sciences

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Mathematics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Ethics

    Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.3

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Computer/Information Literacy Competency

    Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

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    AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
    Enhanced World View

    Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

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    SUPPORT COURSES
    Art History (Complete 3 credits)

    Completion of this requirement satisfies the General Education Humanities/Fine Arts requirement for this AS degree.
    ARH 1000Understanding Art3

    MAJOR CORE COURSES
    Complete 43 credits

    ART 1201CDesign I3
    ART 1300CDrawing I3
    DIG 2115CDigital Imaging3
    PGY 1279Legal Issues in Photography3
    PGY 2107CLarge Format Photography3
    PGY 2750CIntroduction to Video Production3
    PGY 2201CPhotography Studio Lighting3
    PGY 2210CProfessional Studio Portraiture4
    PGY 2401CPhotography I3
    PGY 2404CIntermediate Photography3
    PGY 2470CThemes for Photographers3
    PGY 2475CPortfolio Development3
    PGY 2800CDigital Photography3
    PGY 2940CProfessional Practices/Internship3

    MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
    Select 3 credits

    ARH 2051Art History:Renaissance to Contemporary3
    PGY 2000History of Photography3
    Total Credits64
  • Take a course or two to enhance your skills

    The program provides an excellent means to explore an interest in photography either as a hobby or for professional development. It is ideal for those who wish to enhance their knowledge of commercial photography, or to complement careers in public relations, graphic design or writing.

    Our photography classes can be taken as part of our Associate in Science degree program, can help satisfy the elective requirements for the Associate in Arts degree or meet the common prerequisites for your chosen four-year major.

  • Explore a career in photography

  • Our Photographic Technology A.S. degree gives you a strong foundation in the craft and expressive potential of photography, as well as the technical aspects of the field in both digital and analog production methods.

    What you will learn

    • Fundamentals of camera function
    • Photographic film and paper processing techniques
    • Composition and lighting
    • Advanced techniques in digital image capturing and manipulation
    • Creative critical thinking
  • Careers

    Our program can prepare you for a career as a:

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  • Barton Gilmore
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    (727)791-2685

    Jonathan Barnes
    Chair, Humanities & Fine Arts
    CL
    (727) 791-5997
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