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Photography (PTAS3)

Location(s): Elkhorn Valley Campus

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Award: Associate in Applied Science Degree
Academic Focus Area: Creative Arts and Design

A degree in photography provides students with the necessary experience and skills to pursue a variety of enrichment and employment opportunities related to photography. Upon completion students will be practiced in the professional skills necessary for fine-art production, product photography, portrait photography, photojournalism, photo-finishing, digital imaging services, retail photo sales, or as independent business owner.

Note: This degree is designed to transfer to area universities including UNO and UNL. For the most current list of transfer course listings, visit mccneb.edu/transfer 


Graduation Requirements
To earn this degree, a student must complete all required courses.
Total credit hours required: 93.0-96.5

Recommended Curriculum Plan


Links to Additional Resources


Additional Requirements - 6.0 - 7.5 credits

Students should work with faculty to select courses from the Additional Requirements list that meet their career goals.

Select 6.0 - 7.5 credit hours from the following:

Associate in Applied Sciences General Education Requirements - 22.5 credits

The following are General Education requirements for an Associate in Applied Sciences degree (AAS). Students may not use the same course to satisfy more than one degree requirement.


1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1 Level I course from the list of Communication General Education Courses.  


1 Course     4.5 - 5.0 credits 

Please check your degree program for recommended Math course. Based on the Math course you select, pre-requisites may be required.

Select 1 course from the list of Quantitative/Numeracy Skills General Education Courses 

Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness

1 Course     4.5 credit hrs.

Select 1 course from the list of Humanities   or Social Sciences   courses under the Critical Thinking/Creativity & Social/Cultural Awareness General Education Courses. 

Scientific Inquiry

1 Course     4.5-6.0 credit hrs.   

Select 1 course from either the list of Natural Sciences   or Social Sciences  General Education courses.

*Students choosing a Social Sciences course to satisfy the Scientific Inquiry requirement should take a Humanities course to satisfy the Critical Thinking/Creativity and Social/Cultural Awareness competency.

Professionalism/Life Skills & Information Literacy

1 Course     4.5

Select 1 course from the list of Professionalism/Life Skills and Information Literacy General Education Courses .



Recommended Curriculum Plan

Photography (PTAS3)

The following plan is designed to be the most direct path to degree completion and is based on a fall quarter start. Students are expected to meet with their student success navigator or advisor to plan a customized course schedule that meets their specific needs. For more information or assistance with registering, please call 531-622-2400. 

Note: Cameras Provided by MCC for class use.


Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Create photographic visual imagery based on the application of conceptual skills required for contemporary image production. 
  2. Create photographic visual imagery based on the application of technical skills required for contemporary image production 
  3. Analyze and evaluate contemporary and historic lens-based imagery 
  4. Apply critical thinking and creative problem solving related to photographic visual imagery. 

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