Photography Concentration (BCTP)

A Degree in Broadcasting & Electronic Media

This is a program that concentrates on the necessary skills for students to enter the field of professional digital photography. Today’s photographer is artistic, technically and technologically skilled, as well as business savvy. Photography Concentration degree holders can explore careers in studio/portrait photography, commercial photography, photojournalism, and digital imaging.

Number Suggested Course Order


Semester Grade Prerequisites/Notes
ENG101 English Composition I


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
BCT105 Introduction to Mass Media


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
PHO115 Introduction to Digital Photography


    Basic computer skills
CGD107 Designing Business Graphics


    Prerequisite: Basic computer skills

Note: CGD104 may be substituted

MAT126 Topics in Mathematics (or higher)


    MAT096 or placement
PHO215 or


Advanced Digital Photography or



PHO245 Commercial Photography


BCT208 or


Scriptwriting or

Journalism I: Media Writing



ENG101 or permission of division dean

ENG102 English Composition II


CIS127 Computer Technologies


    ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement
ENG245 or


Film Appreciation or

Drawing I


    ENG102 or permission of division dean

ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement

PHO240 Portrait Photography


    PHO115 (or co-requisite)
SPC113 Speech


MGT110 Small Business Management


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
  Non-behavioral Social Science Elective


    Electives: ECO, GEO, HIS, POL, SSC
BCT214 Broadcast and Electronic Media

Operations and Management


    Prerequisites: BCT105, completion of 45 credits, or permission of division dean

Note: Offered in Spring only

PHO250 Digital Photography Workflow


MKT142 Marketing


    ENG098, FYE101, MAT092, RDG098, or placement
  Lab Science Elective


    Electives: BIO, BTC, CHE, EAS, EGM, NRD, PHY
  Behavioral Social Science Elective


    Electives: ANT, PSY, SOC, SSC
  Health Elective




Electives: BIO101, BIO103, BIO112, BIO230, CHC101, CHC102, CHC108, CHC220, EXS102, EXS201, PER126, PER127, PER130
                                               Total: 63/64 credits

Campus/format: A majority of this program can be completed during the day at the Gardner Campus. Some evening and online courses are available.

Helpful hints: Students should have a computer with Photoshop or Photoshop Elements at home with Internet access. Students must spend additional time outside of class completing assignments.

Transfer options: Please consult with your academic advisor. BCTP students who carefully plan their course selections may qualify for the Mass Transfer Block (see page 45 for more information). For a complete list of transfer agreement options visit MWCC’s transfer services website: and

Special requirements: Students must have a digital camera with complete manual focus and exposure control (preferably a digital SLR). Students should also have a tripod. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Career Options: Photojournalist, commercial photographer, portrait/wedding photographer

Potential earnings: $30,000 and above. (Earnings vary by location and target market size).

Program Competencies for BCTP

Upon graduation from this program, students shall have demonstrated the ability to:

  • Analyze and describe the component sectors, interrelationships, technology, and the legal and business practices of the current electronic media and communications industries, and apply this understanding to projections for future developments and opportunities.
  • Explain, analyze, and evaluate the media’s power and role in and on today’s society, and the legal and ethical issues that confront communications professionals.
  • Set up and operate video, audio, and photography equipment and explain signal flow and the working interrelationships of the technical components.
  • Practice oral and written presentation skills unique to the electronic communications industry.
  • Specify and design media solutions to fulfill identified communications objectives.
  • Work individually and as part of a production team in developing communications projects from initial conception to final completion, while meeting industry-standardized guidelines.
  • Employ media aesthetics to maximize communications effectiveness and create audience interest.
  • Analyze career opportunities and individual strengths, apply effective job search and acquisition skills, and promote their professional skills and services in today’s marketplace.

In addition, students concentrating in Photography shall have proven:

  • A command of the creative and effective use of lenses, apertures, and shutter speeds.
  • Mastery of the techniques for controlling the use of natural and artificial light.
  • An understanding of the different output demands of specific industry segments.
  • The ability to quickly and efficiently capture and initially edit raw and jpeg photos.

Technical Standards for BCTP

Students entering this program must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information either in spoken, printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Distinguish the movement of needles on meters, the component parts on electronic boards, and visual images through a camera lens.
  • Differentiate content, tones, frequencies, and words in sound recordings.
  • Work as a member of a production team.
  • Function as a project manager, including decision making and scheduling.
  • Use appropriately tools/machines/equipment traditionally associated with audio, video, and photography courses such as cameras and camera supports, audio consoles, lighting equipment and digital editing stations (with or without accommodations).