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Photographic Technology
Photographic TechnologyIn today's world, images are used more and more to communicate thoughts, ideas, events and products. Photography professionals are needed to visualize and capture these images.

Are you ready to get focused on a new career in photography? CVCC's Photographic Technology Program will teach you the basics of camera operation, lighting, photographic process and digital imaging. These basics and your imagination can lead you to a career in commercial photography, portrait photography or photojournalism.


The unique laboratory and classroom setup at CVCC maximizes the learning experience. There's virtually no distinction from lecture to practice in the lab. Instructors work alongside students in the labs, mentoring them as they pick up new skills and fine-tune their craft.

We provide a wide variety of professional equipment that our students use free of charge. We have high-end digital cameras, professional large- and medium-format cameras, scanners and printers.

CVCC's Photographic Technology Program graduates can go in a lot of different directions. Some have pursued the "never a dull moment" world of photojournalism while others go into the more predictable, controlled environment of studio photography. Others specialize in food, aerial, furniture, police, medical or scientific photography.

Some photographers focus on providing digital images specifically for use on the Internet. Others license the use of their photographs through stock photo agencies. Graduates can also start their own business or transition to other related fields, such as public relations or equipment sales.

The Photographic Technology Progrma curriculum offers training in photographic techniques and their application in professional photographic disciplines. Where offered, students will receive comprehensive course work in four areas of concentration: biomedical photography, photojournalism, commercial photography and portrait studio management.

Special emphasis is placed on developing skills in the following areas: fundamentals of camera systems, lighting, photographic process, digital imaging, design and business practices.

Course requirements also include developing a resume, business cards and a portfolio. Opportunities are available to exhibit student work on campus and around the area. Projects that involve students in the real world help them develop communication skills and get experience meeting important deadlines.

» Suggested Program Sequence (PDF)

For more information, contact:
Joe Young, Program Director
828-327-7000, ext. 4467


2550 US HIGHWAY 70 SE • HICKORY, NC • 28602-8302 • 828.327.7000
Updated 06.01.2016: Content Editor