Photography, Associate in Fine Arts Degree

Florissant Valley, Forest Park, Meramec and Wildwood

This program is designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year art school, including the University of Missouri-St. Louis, to earn a bachelor of fine arts degree. Students develop skills in black and white and digital printing techniques, learn effective methods for gathering and using information from visual images, and study current approaches used in portrait, architectural and documentary photography. Persons interested in this program should possess a strong interest in perceiving and working in the visual world and a desire to produce results using current tools, as well as historical and non-traditional techniques.

Cost of Attendance.  For more information on cost of attendance visit MoSCORES

Program Career and Salary Information.  Pursuant to Missouri HB 1606 (2018), information regarding the number of credit hours, program length, employment rate, wage data, and graduates employed in careers related to their program of study at St. Louis Community College can be found at the following URL: https://scorecard.mo.gov/scorecard/. Search using School / Program “St. Louis Community College” and choose the degree or credential type of interest. 

The following limitations to the data apply: Information provided is based on the most recent cohorts available. Typically, most recent cohorts for wage and completion data are six years prior to the current academic year. Time to complete a program of study varies depending on the number of credit hours students earn per semester.

Interested in this program? Start the enrollment process by visiting the Apply to STLCC page.   

At the completion of the program, students are expected to:

  1. create portfolios of prints showing both aesthetic and technical aspects of commercial photographic approaches and those dealing with artistic theories.
  2. utilize the material and technical aspects of the medium in the development of individual work or projects.
  3. describe the technical aspects of camera settings, image adjustment techniques, and printing.
  4. employ verbal and written formats in the interpretations and evaluations of contemporary and historic photographs.

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Students who have completed dual credit courses must complete this examination. Students who participated in Early College or other dual enrollment programs, transfer students, and previously enrolled students are exempt from this requirement.

Program of Study

General Education
ENG 101College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3
ENG 102College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3
XXX xxxSocial & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3
XXX xxxSocial Science Elective3
Select one of the following:3-4
Intermediate Algebra (140 level or higher)
Science Elective
XXX xxxScience Elective3
ART 168History of Photography3
Select one of the following Art History electives:3
Art History I (MOTR ARTS 101)
Art History II (MOTR ARTS 102)
History of Modern Art
Visual Language
Physical Education Activity
Select 2 credit hours2
Program Requirements
ART 107Design I2
ART 108Design II2
ART 109Drawing I3
ART 110Drawing II3
or ART 111 Figure Drawing I
ART 165Photography I3
ART 166Photography II3
ART 204Photography III3
ART 172Digital Photography3
ART 265Artificial Light Photography3
ART 275Photo Imaging I: Photoshop3
Photography Electives
Select 6 credit hours of the following:6
Black and White Printing Lab
Alternative Photographic Processes
Color Photography II
Digital Photography II
Documentary Photography
Field Photography
Portrait Photography
Architectural Photography
Video Art I
Video Art II
Photo Imaging II: Photoshop
Special Topics in Photography
Digital Printing
Advanced Photography
Workplace Learning: Photography
Contemporary Concepts in Photography
Fashion Photography
Color Photography
Other Art Electives
Select 4-6 credit hours of the following:4-6
Drawing II
Drawing III
Advanced Drawing
Figure Drawing I
Figure Drawing II
Figure Drawing III
Ceramics I
Ceramics II
Painting I
Printmaking I
Printmaking II
Sculpture I
Computer Art Studio
Design III
Design IV
Computer Painting and Drawing: Corel Painter
Web Design I
Mixed Media
Total Credit Hours64-67

Missouri Civics Examination.  Students entering college for the very first time in fall 2019 and who intend to complete an associate’s degree must successfully complete a civics examination. Students who have completed dual credit courses must complete this examination. Students who participated in Early College or other dual enrollment programs, transfer students, and previously enrolled students are exempt from this requirement.

New PlanGrids
First Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 107 Design I2Reading Proficiency.
ART 109 Drawing I (MOTR PERF 105D)3Reading Proficiency.
ART 165 Photography I3Reading Proficiency.
ART 172 Digital Photography3Reading Proficiency.
ENG 101 College Composition I (MOTR ENGL 100)3 Placement score or ENG 030 or ENG 070 with a grade of "C" or better or recommendation of department and Reading Proficiency or concurrent enrollment in RDG 079.
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be activity
Credit Hours15
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 108 Design II2ART 107 and Reading Proficiency.
ART 110 Drawing II
or Figure Drawing I
3ART 109 and Reading Proficiency.
ART 166 Photography II3ART 165 and Reading Proficiency.
ART 168 History of Photography3Reading Proficiency.This course is only offered in the Spring semester at Forest Park and in the Fall at Florissant Valley
ART 275 Photo Imaging I: Photoshop3Reading Proficiency.
ENG 102 College Composition II (MOTR ENGL 200)3ENG 100 or ENG 101 with a grade of "C" or better or department approval and Reading Proficiency.
Credit Hours17
Second Year
Fall Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 204 Photography III3ART 166, ART 172 and Reading Proficiency.This course is only offered in the Fall semester at Forest Park and in the Spring semester at Meramec
Photography Elective3  
Art Elective2-3  
Social & Behavioral Sciences Elective3  
Natural Science Elective3  
Physical Education Elective1 One credit must be activity
Credit Hours15-16
Spring Credit Hours Prerequisites Milestones/Notes
ART 265 Artificial Light Photography3ART 165 or ART 172 and Reading Proficiency.
MTH 140
or Natural Sciences Elective
Intermediate Algebra (or higher)
or
3-4MTH 030 or MTH 040 or MTH 050 with a grade of "C" or better or satisfactory score on placement test and Reading Proficiency.
Photography Elective3  
Art Elective2-3  
ART 101 Art History I (MOTR ARTS 101)
or Art History II (MOTR ARTS 102)
or History of Modern Art
or Visual Language
3Reading Proficiency.
Social & Behavioral Sciences: Civics Requirement3  
Credit Hours17-19
Total Credit Hours64-67

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**Students completing a course that has been assigned a MOTR number may transfer that course to any public institution in Missouri. Those who complete CORE 42 requirements will have that verification on their transcript.

*** It is your responsibility to verify that the courses listed above will transfer to the four-year institution of your choice.  Maximize your transfer credits/classes by meeting with an academic advisor.