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Photography, AFA Planning Guide

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About the Associate in Fine Arts

The Associate in Fine Arts - Photography degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington state four-year institutions and to prepare students for baccalaureate majors in Photography. Portfolio presentation is often a determining factor in acceptance and placement in a Fine Arts Major, and this degree includes a strong emphasis on portfolio development. This degree also provides a solid foundation for further artistic development and direction for the student who does not plan on transferring for further academic study.

Where can I go for help?

Faculty Advisors

Matt Allison
206-533-6792 Rm 2053
Alicia Zweifach
206-533-6639 Rm 2069

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Where can I transfer?

The AFA degree makes it possible for students to transfer as art majors with advanced placement to a number of public and private colleges and universities in the U.S. Washington state institutions are listed below.

Public Institutions

Central Washington University
Eastern Washington University
The Evergreen State College
University of Washington
Washington State University
Western Washington University

Private Institutions

Cornish School of the Arts
Gonzaga University
Heritage University
NW College of Art & Design
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
Walla Walla University

What can I do with an Associate in Fine Arts in Photography?

Graduates of Photography programs develop the knowledge and technical skills to work as professional photographers in a variety of careers, including: photojournalism, exhibiting artists, freelance artists, advertising, marketing and sales, public relations, photo conservation and publishing.

Potential employers include: Photography studios, newspapers, magazines and publishing companies, galleries, arts and humanities organization, historical societies, public and private schools, colleges and universities, business and industry, government agencies and non-profit organizations. For more, please visit

What do I need to take?

Below is a summary of the categories of required courses for the AFA, which also meet the requirements of the Associate in Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)

General Education - 20 Credits

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose either ART 105  or CMST 203 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120  

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising,

Distribution Requirements (30 Credits)


Included in Photography Core Requirements

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g. Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences .

Art History Requirements (15 Credits)

10 credits of Art History are required for the Foundation Studio Art Core. Take ARTH 226  and one of the following courses: ARTH 204 , ARTH 210 , ARTH 224 , ARTH 225 .

Selected Washington Program Information

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Schools each have different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

University of Washington

Degree: B.F.A in Art-Photomedia

Central Washington University

Degrees: B.A. in Art-Photography & Digital Imagining
B.F.A. in Studio Art-Photography & Digital Imaging

Washington State University - Pullman

Degree: B.F.A. in Fine Art: Photography

Seattle University

Degrees: B.F.A. in Photography
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts-Photography Emphasis

Pacific Lutheran University

Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Studio Arts -Photography

Western Washington University

Degrees: B.A. and B.F.A. in Art - Photography Concentration

Photography - What is it?

Photography is the study of light and image creation. Photographers explore the manipulation of light to create images which interpret the physical, cultural and conceptual world around us in order to convey ideas and information and to engage in personal expression. With a foundation in the principles of visual design, composition and art history, students develop technical skills in capturing, developing and printing the photographic image with the goal of both learning to capture what they see and to see more clearly what they would capture.

Areas of Study in Photography: Film and Digital Camera Operation, Computer Software Imaging, Black and White Photography, Film/Darkroom, Studio Lighting, Documentary Photography, Photographic Production and Exhibits, Advertising and Commercial Photography.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) at Shoreline. Review the requirements in this planning guide to understand your path in this program.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can choose to transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor’s degree or continue to develop as an artist without pursuing a four-year degree.

Program Outcomes

  1. Develop and apply perceptual skills and knowledge of visual structure in the creation of photographic images.
  2. Develop and apply skills in creative and technical processes to develop foundation skills as well as individual artistic point of view and expression.
  3. Use and apply the language and vocabulary of photography and visual design in critiques and discussion.
  4. Develop a portfolio of photographic images communicating foundations skills and individual artistic direction

Shoreline Community College

16101 Greenwood Ave N
Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

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