Academic Catalog

Photography, an Option to the Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts

Program Description

The Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts with an option in Photography provides the first two years of foundational courses that allow students to transfer into a baccalaureate program in photography. This program will prepare students for careers in photojournalism, fine art, photography, commercial/industrial photography, studio/portrait photography, and/or freelance photography. 

Transfer Information

Students pursuing the Photography degree can transfer into majors such as Photography, Art or Photojournalism. Students are encouraged to work closely with OCC faculty and Advising Transfer Services. Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution in NJ can explore the “Transfer Programs” feature on NJ Transfer

Career Information

The Associate of Arts Degree is designed to provide students with the coursework needed to transfer to a four-year institution and pursue a bachelor’s degree. The curriculum provides students the knowledge and skills needed to pursue various career pathways, while providing a credential beyond the high school degree. Students are strongly encouraged to consult with OCC faculty and Career Services as they begin to explore career options. Students can also utilize Career Coach, a resource provided by OCC, to explore degree programs and corresponding careers

Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images. Working conditions for photographers vary by specialty. Some photographers travel for photo shoots, working either indoors or outdoors. Others work in studios; still others work in laboratories and use microscopes to photograph subjects.

Students are encouraged to keep track of degree requirements by using the “My Progress” screen on Student Planning. Student Planning can be accessed via logging into Ocean Connect.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 151 English I 3
ENGL 152 English II 3
COMM 154 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
History Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
PHOT 101 History of Photography 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Humanities Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Social Science
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Social Science Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Diversity Gen. Ed. Requirement 3
Mathematics, Lab Science, Technology Gen. Ed. Requirement 1 12
Program Requirements
Any STSC - Student Success Seminar course 2 2
PHOT 181 Basic Digital Photography 3
PHOT 187 Experimental Digital Photography 3
PHOT 188 Intermediate Digital Photography 3
PHOT 195 Lightroom & Photoshop for Photographers 3
Elective credits to total 60 credits 1
 Credit Hours60
 Total Credit Hours60

Students must select one math course, one lab science course, and one technology course and complete the 12 cr. requirement with any additional math or science course from the list of Approved General Education Courses. Students may attempt to “test out” of the technology requirement.  If they succeed, they must take an additional course(s) in math or science from the List of Approved General Education Courses. 


A variety of STSC -Student Success Seminar courses are available. Please speak to your academic advisor for assistance when selecting.