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Photography and Media

The Photography and Media program offers a range of courses in lens-based media including Digital and Darkroom Photography and Video Production. Students may complete either an Applied Science degree in Photography and Media or a transfer degree in Visual Arts, and working professionals may learn new skills.

Program Details

The Photography and Media AAS curriculum prepares students for diverse career options in the profession, and the AFA curriculum prepares students for transfer to BFA programs. Working professionals may also add to or update their skills. Students in all PHT classes learn to solve visual problems through the study of technique, history, theory and aesthetics, and completion of individual projects with group critiques.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer is not the primary purpose of this credential; however, NOVA may have agreements that facilitate the transfer of this and other career-oriented programs to selected senior institutions. In order to learn more about possible transfer opportunities please visit: https://www.nvcc.edu/transfer/. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to discuss their options and plans.

Credit for Prior Learning

Northern Virginia Community College accepts industry-standard certifications, credentials and/or professional courses for credit. Broadly, licenses, credentials and/or certifications must be current and valid for consideration. For more information regarding the status of the certification and its eligibility for credit, please see an advisor or faculty members in the discipline area that awards CPL credit.

The most current information can be found here for CPL: Certifications and Credentials

Program Degrees and Certificates


Career Prospects

AAS Photography and Media degree holders may apply their still and video skills to enter the field as Photographers’ Assistants, Staff Photographers, Editorial and Corporate Freelance Photographers, and studio or retail business owners. Career prospects include portraiture, studio and location lighting, real estate and architectural photography, and weddings/events, and postproduction work in photo retouching and restoration, custom printing, video postproduction, and digital asset management.

Get Started

Want to get started with this program? Speak with an adviser to start shaping your educational journey at NOVA.

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