Photography and Media

Photography students

Explore your passion for photography and visual media

Learn to craft visual narratives, express your artistic vision, and gain an introduction to the fields of professional photography and visual media through this NOVA degree program.


Associate Degree in Photography and Media

Build your artistic aesthetic and visual media skills in NOVA's Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Photography and Media program. With a foundation in art, theory, and technique, you'll be prepared for bachelor's degree programs in fine arts, photography, and media. You'll also be ready to take on professional roles such as photographer, videographer, or camera operator.

Two Years
Alexandria, Woodbridge
Curriculum Details

Why Study Photography and Media at NOVA?

Practiced Photography and Media Faculty

You'll learn from photography and media faculty who are passionate about their craft - and your success at NOVA and your future career.

Hands-On Photography and Media Courses

You'll take classes that teach you the latest principles and techniques in art, photography, video and other media. You'll then put what you learned to work through real-world projects.

Affordable Photography and Media Program

You'll receive an affordable photography and media education. You may even be eligible for NOVA scholarships to help make your degree even more affordable.

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.


Northern Virginia Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the associate degree in photography and media.

Photography and Media Program Career Outcomes

By studying photography and media at NOVA, you'll develop the creative and technical skills you need for Bachelor of Fine Arts programs and photography, video, and art careers.

Credits and
Transfer Info

Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for prior learning (CPL) generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways, including but not limited to: certifications, AP or IB exams, military training, or life experience.


Learn more about possible transfer opportunities associated with this program of study. Students interested in transferring should contact an advisor or counselor to further discuss their plans.

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