Thursday – October 17, 2019

Digital Imaging (2019-2020)

Technical Diploma
School of Media and Creative Arts / Arts, A/V Technology & Communications Career Cluster

Downtown Milwaukee Campus
Program Code: 30-203-1

For Information: 414-297-6433
Downtown Milwaukee Campus, 414-297-MATC


Overview — Learn to use professional equipment and attain the techniques related to composition, lighting and image manipulation required for entry-level employment in the photographic industry.

Students are required to own a DSLR camera with manual exposure controls, adjustable apertures and shutter speeds, and interchangeable lens capabilities in order to complete course requirements.


Career Pathway — After earning this technical diploma, your credits can be applied toward completing the Photography associate degree. Contact an MATC advisor for information.


Career Outlook — As the photo industry continues to evolve, new and exciting job opportunities exist in professional-level still and video photography. This program will assist in preparing you for an entry-level position.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • Apply pre-planning skill in proper conceptual development, photo equipment choices, and lighting design before executing their plan
  • Demonstrate proficiency in a variety of industry software tools and techniques including graphic software, digital video and color management software
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating a variety of web creation sites and developing appropriate content for it
  • Evaluate and critique photographic projects in a professional and articulate manner using oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate proficiency with industry cameras, lighting equipment and fundamental photographic techniques
  • Demonstrate ability to meet deadlines, work independently and with a team while practicing professional ethics and adhering to legal guidelines and copyright law
  • Produce a portfolio suitable for seeking employment opportunities in various photographic markets or a related field
  • Demonstrate organizational skills, visual/graphical communication skills, and written communication skills to develop a professional photographic planning proposal that meets a client's needs for their intended target audience
  • Demonstrate the Career Essentials (critical thinking, communication, work habits, using technology)


Admission Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Demonstration of basic computer skills in the Mac OS
  • Sight ability without impairment
  • Must have the ability to lift, bend, and move equipment
  • Must own a DSLR camera

Possible Careers
Second Assistant – Advertising, Wedding and Portrait, Video Photography
Entry-Level Digital Lab Technician
Photojournalism Stringer
Digital Photographic Print Finishing
Community Newspaper Photographer
Retail Photographic Equipment Sales
Photographer’s Personal Assistant

Related Programs
Graphic Design

Start Dates: August/January

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.
Sixteen-Week Terms
( ) = Semester Order for Full-Time Students.








Digital Fundamental Photography





Photoshop for Photographers 1 ‡





Photographic Trends




Communication Skills 1 ‡


  (or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡        
(1) MATH-123

Math with Business Applications ‡


  (or) Any 200-series MATH course        



Photographic Lighting ‡







Photographic Composition





Measurement Techniques ‡






Photoshop for Photographers 2 ‡






‡ Prerequisite required.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

For class times and locations or to register online, visit INFOnline.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

Page updated April 2019.