Photography & Multimedia

A girl holds a camera during a photography class.Today, more than ever, communication is accomplished through visual imagery. In this rapidly growing field, photography and multimedia professionals are needed to create, process and publish images for a wide range of technology-related demands.

The Photography and Multimedia Program at Kellogg Community College prepares students to enter these diverse fields. The program emphasizes creativity, artistic design and the use of traditional film and contemporary digital media technologies through hands-on learning and project creation with small class sizes.

KCC offers an Associate in Applied Science degree in Photography and Multimedia and a Photography and Multimedia Certificate. The sequence of classes recommended for full-time students seeking each credential follows.

For more information about KCC’s Photography and Multimedia Program, see:

Associate in Applied Science: Photography and Multimedia

KCC’s intensive Photography and Multimedia associate degree curriculum was designed by working professionals and employers to develop individuals who thrive in fast-paced work environments and to prepare students to use state-of-the-art technology with artistic expression. Graduates of this program are well-rounded individuals with a background adaptable to a variety of media-related fields.

Photography and Multimedia degree seeking students should contact program coordinator Ryan Flathau at or 269-565-7880 for assistance with scheduling and sequencing of classes.

For a semester sequence of classes, review and follow the Photography and Multimedia degree program map. A student’s placement on this program map is contingent upon meeting prerequisite or other academic requirements.

Photography and Multimedia Certificate

KCC’s Photography and Multimedia Certificate is designed for individuals either working or seeking employment in the various photography and multimedia fields. The certificate provides a well-rounded curriculum concentrating on specific skill requirements. The courses provide an industry standard of technical training in a relatively short period of time and transfer into the Associate in Applied Science degree program.

Semester I Semester II
ART 103: Tw0-Dimension Design ANIM 103: Intro to Video Art
ART 110: Drawing 1 ART 229: Studio Photography
ART 222: Intro to Photography ART 223: Intermediate Photography
ART 227: Digital Color Photography GRDE 135: Digital Illustration and Layout
GRDE 145: Digital Imaging GRDE 210: Design for the Web

Transfer Opportunities

A Photography and Multimedia associate degree or certificate from KCC will allow for successful professional employment or transfer for continued photographic education with a bachelor’s degree. In the past, students have successfully transferred to the Art Institute of Chicago, the California Institute of Arts, the College of Santa Fe, the Columbus College of Art & Design, Kendall College of Art and Design, the San Francisco Art Institute, the University of the Arts and Western Michigan University.

Click here to view Transfer Guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact our Academic Advising team at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

Photography & Multimedia Careers

Photography and multimedia are diverse and competitive fields. Photographers use their technical expertise, creativity and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.

Working conditions for photographers vary considerably with their specialty. Approximately 63 percent of artists and related workers are self-employed
 in specialties of their choice. Many take classes because employers usually seek applicants with a “good eye” and creativity, as well as a good technical understanding of photography. There are also opportunities to work for professionals locally, as well as in major cities such as New York and Los Angeles.

Possible job titles for graduates with an education in photography and multimedia include:

  • Animation house assistant
  • Commercial photographer
  • Film production crew member
  • Freelance artist
  • Gallery representative
  • Multimedia firm assistant
  • Photography lab technician
  • Photojournalist
  • Production studio assistant
  • Professional photographer
  • Small business owner
  • Staff photographer

Projected Job Outlook & Salary Information

For the latest employment and wage estimates for photography and multimedia careers in Michigan, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics website at

Why Study Photography & Multimedia at KCC?

KCC’s Photography and Multimedia Program blends traditional and digital media technologies by encouraging technical proficiency and aesthetic awareness of photography, multimedia, film animation, visual art, video capture and editing, sound capture and editing, Web design and graphic design, both as an art form and a professional medium of communication.

Topics covered in KCC’s Photography and Multimedia courses include personal expression and creative vision; professional practices; drawing and 2D design; traditional black and white darkroom photography; contemporary digital color photography; photography studio lighting and equipment; and prominent photography editing, Web design, 2D and 3D animation software.

KCC’s photography facilities are among the finest in Michigan, and are available to students with extended hours Mondays through Saturdays. Facilities include two professional lighting studios, two black and white darkrooms, a non-silver printmaking facility, three state-of-the-art Macintosh computer labs that include scanners and wide-format digital printers, and an art gallery.

Lighting Studios

KCC’s two professional lighting studios are equipped with tungsten and electronic flash lighting equipment, a large cyclorama wall, green screen and high-end Macintosh computer with capture software.

Black & White Darkrooms

KCC’s two black-and-white wet-lab facilities are fully equipped for all film formats, mural printing and historic non-silver practices.

State-of-the-Art Macintosh Computer Labs

KCC’s three Macintosh computer labs are equipped with scanners and wide-format inkjet printers to support our digital imaging classes.

Presentation Facility

KCC’s print finishing area includes a large window mat cutter, vent hood for spray mounting, a state-of-the-art 44- by 68-inch dry-mount press and a laminate machine.

Equipment Checkout Program

KCC’s Photography and Multimedia Program equipment checkout program includes small-, medium- and large-format film cameras, digital-SLR cameras, video cameras, lenses, tripods and lighting equipment. The equipment is available for checkout free of charge to all enrolled Photography and Multimedia Program students.