Commercial Photography: Fine Arts, AAS

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


The Commercial Photography program gives you access to such professional photographic equipment and facilities as our state of the art black & white and color darkroom, shooting studios and digital imaging facility. With 13 courses dedicated to photography taught by faculty members who are currently working in the field and are exhibiting artists, you will gain experience from all over the photographic and arts spectrum in this quickly changing industry.

The Fine Arts Photography Option is offered in conjunction with the Fine Arts degree program. Six (6) photography classes are replaced by various fine arts classes such as Beginning Drawing, Introduction to Design, Computer Art, etc. This option is for those who are looking for a broader arts education that is not limited to photographic techniques. Students will learn how to use photographs to communicate ideas as an expressive medium. This option is for those who wish to transfer and focus on disciplines other than photography.

Are You Interested In...

  • Working in a creative field?
  • Building a network of talented individuals?
  • Working in art-related organizations such as museums and galleries?
  • Traveling and meeting new people?
  • Starting your own business?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Basic and advanced skills of analog and digital camera operations
  • Analog black and white film processing and darkroom printing
  • Color darkroom printing and photographing color theory
  • Continuous and strobe studio lighting
  • Business aspects of photography: contracts, invoices, artist statements, etc.
  • Discipline, problem-solving, verbal and written communication, leadership, and teamwork

What makes this major unique?

LaGuardia Community College is the only two-year institution in the City University of New York (CUNY) to offer an Associate in Applied Sciences (AAS) degree in Photography. This program prepares students for a position in the diverse and quickly changing industry. With an emphasis on photographic technique and the ability to link these skills to a personal artistic vision, our program successfully enables students to follow their own path into the extraordinary world of modern photography. Former students are working as photojournalists, fashion/editorial photographers, wedding/portrait photographers, photo-retouchers, studio assistants, digital assistants, digital printers, photo editors, industry related retail salespersons, and managers at imaging industry businesses. Others have successfully completed BFA degrees at top rated senior colleges and have then gone onto graduate school.

Career Possibilities

The New York metropolitan area is the very center of commercial photography. LaGuardia Community College takes advantage of its location by providing excellent “hands-on” experience within the actual field itself to complement students’ on-campus studies.

Students will receive essential information on business practices, self-promotion, portfolio development and how to secure employment as either a photographer’s assistant or staff or freelance photographer. There are many co-curricular opportunities, internships, contests, and exhibitions that students can participate in, graduating with an extensive list of achievements in the photography field.

This AAS degree is also an excellent vehicle through which to transfer to a variety of four-year colleges with professional programs in photography.

  • Commercial/editorial/event Photographer
  • Studio Manager
  • Photo Editor/Retoucher
  • Digital Technician
  • Photo Assistant
  • Digital and Analog Printer
  • Art Director
  • Art/Photo Curator or Dealer
  • Art/Photo Educator
  • College-level Photography Instructor
  • Museum/Gallery Curator

Transfer Possibilities

  • School of Visual Arts – BFA Photo and Video
  • Queens College – BFA Photography and Imaging
  • Hunter College – BFA Studio Art
  • Brooklyn College – BFA, BA Art
  • City College – BA Art, BFA Electronic Design & Multimedia
  • Fashion Institute of Technology – BFA Photography and Related Media
  • Purchase College – BFA Photography
  • Pratt Institute – BFA Photography

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits

English: 6 credits

ENG101 English Composition I – 3

(or ENA101 depending on placement scores)

ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one course from the following: 3

MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World

MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on Placement Scores)

MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry (MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry depending on placement scores)

MAT120 Elementary Statistics (MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra depending on placement scores)

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences

SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience

SCC101 Topics in Chemistry

SCC102 Chemistry of Photography

SCP101 Topics in Physics

SCP105 Life in the Universe

SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 9 Credits*

To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select three courses from the five Flexible Core categories. Note: Only one course can be selected from any one category and select courses from three different disciplines.

World Cultures and Global Issues

US Experience in its Diversity

Creative Expression

Individual and Society

Scientific World

Courses Credits
HAF090 First Year Seminar for Theatre and Photography 0
Humanities: 9 credits
HUA202 History of Photography 3
Select two of the following: 6
HUA104 Introduction to Design 3
HUA115 Color Theory 3
HUA126 Computer Art II 3
Select one of the following: 3
HUN191 Photojournalism
HUN192 Art and Society
Fine Arts Photography
HUA103 Beginning Drawing 3
HUA125 Computer Art I 3
HUA130 Beginning Photography 3
HUA155 The View Camera 3
HUA230 Intermediate Photography 3
HUA234 Color Photography 3
HUA238 Alternative Photography: The Manipulated Image 3
HUC240 Video Production Workshop 3
Unrestricted Electives: 3 credits 3

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