Curriculum for Professional Photography (AAS)

Digital technologies have drastically changed photography and photographic education. Our program is attuned to these changes and we work diligently to ensure our courses are current and relevant. Courses will help students master still photography as well as video, time-lapse photography, basic audio and multimedia storytelling.

See the program curriculum (below) as published in the current CMC Catalog. Click on the blue course titles to see course details.

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Hands-on Professional Photography Training

Build your photography portfolio before graduation with hands-on experience outdoors and indoors

If you're interested in outdoor photography, Colorado Mountain College it the place to be. With access to one of the most-photographed mountain ranges in the world, the outdoor opportunities are endless.

Fill your portfolio with shots of:

  • Mt. Sopris and the towering Elk Mountains
  • Active mountain wildlife including deer, elk and bald eagles
  • Dramatically changing seasons and diverse landscapes
  • Autumn slopes afire with golden Aspen trees
  • Snow sports in Aspen and Vail, such as Winter X Games

Through assignments and field workshops, you will learn to solve visual and logistical problems while on location. Participants in outdoor photography field workshops travel to locations such as Yellowstone and Canyonlands National Parks, and the Albuquerque Balloon Festival.

Beyond the scenery, the Professional Photography Center at Spring Valley is one of the most comprehensive of any school in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Our huge line-up of state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment includes:

  • Still and Video Cameras
  • Large format Epson printers
  • Digital imaging labs
  • Medium format digital
  • Local high-quality print sources

Let your indoor creativity flourish in our 1,200-square-foot studio. Photograph a wide variety of sets, from intricate objects and portraits to large designs. State-of-the-art studio equipment is available, including large light banks donated by The Chimera Company and portable lighting systems for location shoots.

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Academic and physical requirements

For this photography degree you must demonstrate college-level skills proficiency in reading, writing, basic computer skills and mathematics as a part of acceptance into this program. Your proficiency may affect the sequence of courses in which you can enroll and may also extend the time required to complete this program.

This program has certain physical and academic standards which you will be required to meet before you are admitted to the program. Students accepted into the college's vocational programs must be physically, mentally, and emotionally self-supportive with reasonable accommodations. If there is a concern about meeting the physical and academic standard, students need to contact the Disability Services Coordinator who will determine the student's ability to participate in this program.