Student ID:__________________________ Student Name:_______________________ Advisor Name:_______________________ Catalog: 2022-2023 Catalog & Student Handbook Major: Visual Arts, Photography Specialization, AAA

Visual Arts, Photography Specialization, AAA

PURPOSE: This two-year degree prepares students for jobs in photography.  This program is offered at the Midlothian Campus. All career-technical degrees are guided by advisory committees comprised of local business leaders. 

CREDENTIALS:  An Associate of Applied Arts (AAA) degree is a major in an area related to the visual arts such as film, photography, and visual arts that takes two years for full-time students to complete. Although the purpose of an AAA degree is to gain skills for employment, some transfer institutions may accept some or all of the courses from an AAA major.

TRANSFER INFORMATION:  This program is not intended for transfer. Students desiring to transfer should consult their academic advisors and their intended transfer institutions for specific direction in program and course selection.   More information can also be found at

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS AND SPECIAL CONDITIONS: Students must meet Brightpoint admission requirements. New students should work with their New Student Navigator to get ready for their first semester. They can also email for assistance. Continuing students should work with their faculty advisor on academic planning and graduation requirements.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES: By the completion of this program, students will be expected to demonstrate an intermediate level of competency in the following skills:

  1. Critically evaluate personal studio art projects and those of other students, applying the process of critique.
  2. Write a professional resume, cover letter, and artist statement introducing themselves, their art, and their artistic philosophies.
  3. Gauge measurements of linear perspective and proportion, in relation to drawing.
  4. Produce a body of photographic artwork utilizing photo processing and editing software.
  5. Execute a body of photographic artwork utilizing various lighting and photographic equipment.
  6. Assemble a digital portfolio.

Required Courses

Course NameCredits:Semester TakenNotes
SDV 100 - College Success Skills 1 credit
ENG 111 - College Composition I

Prerequisite(s): Qualifying placement score or test waiver.

3 credits
ENG 112 - College Composition II

Prerequisite(s): ENG 111 or equivalent with a grade of C or better, or departmental approval.

3 credits
MTH 154 - Quantitative Reasoning Additional course option: MTH 161.

Prerequisite(s): Competency or successful course completion of any of the following:
MDE 10 with co-enrollment in MDE 54; OR any four of MTE 1 - 9; OR any two of MTE 1 - 9 with co-enrollment in MDE 54  OR other placement methods.

3 credits
ART 101 - History of Art: Prehistoric to Gothic 3 credits
ART 121 - Foundations of Drawing 3 credits
ART 131 - Two-Dimensional Design 3 credits
ART 180 - Introduction to Computer Graphics 3 credits
ART 102 - History of Art: Renaissance to Modern 3 credits
ART 132 - Three-Dimensional Design 3 credits
ART 130 - Introduction to Multimedia 4 credits
ART 223 - Life Drawing Additional Course Options: ART 150, ART 203, ART 217.  3 credits
PHT 135 - Electronic Darkroom 3 credits
PHT 164 - Introduction to Digital Photography 3 credits
CST 100 - Principles of Public Speaking Additional Course Options: CST 110, CST 114, CST 151.  3 credits
PHT 221 - Studio Lighting I Offered Fall only

Prerequisite(s): PHT 102 or equivalent.

3 credits
PHT 110 - History of Photography Offered Fall Only 3 credits
PHT 264 - Digital Photography II Offered Spring only 3 credits
ART 208 - Video Techniques Additional Course Options: PHT 216, PHT 226, PHT 247.  3 credits
PSY 200 - Principles of Psychology Additional Course Options: SOC 200, HIS 111, HIS 112, HIS 121, HIS 122. 

Prerequisite(s): Eligible for ENG 111.

3 credits
ART 287 - Portfolio and Resume Preparation 1 credit

Total Minimum Credits to Complete: 60


Pre-requisite and co-requisite requirements can be found in course details.

Students are strongly encouraged to complete their ENG, MTH, and SDV requirements first.

Students should regularly meet with their faculty advisor and check their degree progress by accessing advisement reports in the Student Information System (SIS) in the myBrightpoint portal or the Academic Planner in Navigate.

Student must develop a portfolio during their last semester of study.