Photography and Digital Imaging
^ Student using a Phase One camera.
- Minneapolis College’s Photography and Digital Imaging is unique in its approach to photography. In addition to the creative aspects of photography, you will learn the technical side of photography including software specific to image capture and the gear used in the studio and on location.
- Minneapolis College’s photography program is among the most affordable programs in the U.S. with minimal production cost.
- Faculty members are qualified, passionate professionals with extensive skills who are working in the photography field. Faculty members are selected for their experience within the given subject they teach.
- The diversity of our student community adds to the inspiration and creativity of the photographic experience. Students are from all over the world, have varied academic levels and professional experience, and range in age from 18 to 65+.
- Cutting Edge technology and facilities strengthen the program’s practical experience. You will have access to the latest software, cameras and equipment as well as studios and post-production facilities.
- Local and nationally acclaimed experts serve as guest speakers each semester. Minneapolis College’s Photography and Digital Imaging faculty members work closely with the Twin Cities’ commercial photographic community to ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to the industry.
The Photography and Digital Imaging program integrates the latest digital photo technology with traditional photographic techniques while also encouraging your creativity and individual expression. With hands-on training from experienced instructors, you’ll get the skills you need to achieve success as a professional photographer. Upon graduation, you’ll have a professional portfolio and a working knowledge of the digital workflow process.
- You will learn traditional photographic skills: composition, exposure, camerawork and metering and lighting techniques.
- You will get hands-on experience with portraiture, product, studio and location photography.
- You will learn how to use the latest developments in digital photo technology: digital SLR cameras, high-end digital capture backs and digital capture technology.
- You will gain familiarity with the complete digital workflow process: from input to file management to color management through image output.
- You will develop a working knowledge of the occupational and technical aspects of the professional photographic industry.
- You will learn how to develop a professional portfolio that showcases your creativity and skills.
Numerous opportunities exist for you to take on internships, where you can get real world experience before you graduate. You may also choose to become a part of Minneapolis College’s Photo club.
Employment of photographers is expected to grow 12 percent from 2008-18, about as fast as average for all occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Demand for portrait photographers should increase as the population grows. Additionally, growth of Internet versions of magazines, journals and newspapers will require increasing numbers of commercial photographers to provide digital images. The Internet and improved data management programs also should make it easier for freelancers to market directly to their customers, increasing opportunities for self-employment and decreasing reliance on stock photo agencies.
Potential Job Titles
- Commercial photographer
- Industrial photographer
- Portrait photographer
- Fine Art Photographer
Where You Could Work
- Advertising agencies
- Production companies
- News and media outlets
- Photography Labs
- Photography Studios
- The Fashion Industry