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School of Photography

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For more than 50 years, Daytona State College; Southeast Center for Photographic Studies graduates have taken their place among the leading Lisa Voglphotographers of the nation. In the early years, few programs in the country were able to offer the range and depth of instruction that provided the foundation for these stellar careers. The department grew into the largest, most comprehensive photography program in the southeast. 

The Southeast Center for Photographic Studies offers the technical instruction and theoretical knowledge in photography to assist graduates in successfully entering the commercial, editorial, advertising, fine arts and photo technology fields. Coursework covers digital photography and videography as well as the medium’s history and aesthetics to prepare photographers as visual communicators. 

Our program can be completed in less than two years. Some program specific courses you will take include: Photography and Image Making; Videography; Digital Image Processing and Applications; Commercial/ Illustration Photography; History and Aesthetics of Photography; Photography as an Art Form; Editorial Photography; Professional Photographic Business Practices; and Professional Studio Portraiture. Workshops, lectures and guest artists enhance the intense and progressive curriculum, giving students opportunities to explore the world of photography.  

Daytona State College meets the challenges of a rapidly changing creative environment with a program that stresses the fundamental aspects of photography from which to grow into a myriad of photographic expertise. The program offers the highest level of technical proficiency and professional judgment for providing a broad understanding of the techniques, ideas and skills needed in the profession today. 

Associate of Science (A.S.) degree Program Outcomes

Graduates of the program will be able to:

  1. Utilize a workflow that includes cameras, photographic gear, digital editing software and lighting for still photography and video to achieve technical and aesthetic proficiency. 
  2. Develop skills in the fields of commercial, editorial and fine art photography/video, and in starting their own business.
  3. Achieve competency in the creative process and in critical thinking as it pertains to photography/video and related fields.
  4. Demonstrate professional, interpersonal and business communication skills working as individuals and groups/creative teams within the field of photography.

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Earn your A.S. and B.S. Degree

Successful completion of the Associate of Science (A.S.) degree can lead to a seamless transfer to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in photography through a partnership with the University of Central Florida. All classes needed to complete the bachelor’s degree program may be taken in shared facilities on the Daytona State Campus with cross-level instruction by faculty from both institutions. Some program specific courses students take are; Advanced Digital Photography; Photo Visualization; Videography; Narrative Editorial Photography; Image, Culture and Society; Museum and Gallery Practices; and Photography Thesis.

Digital and Interactive Media Production

Digital and Interactive Media Production is a sub-program within the School of Photography. The mission of the program is to equip students with skills that prepares them for entry-level positions in interactive media including broadcast, print, web design, and related professions; embracing excellence and diversity. In the discipline, students blend narrative writing, photography, video, audio, social media, web creation, media design, and analytics to develop multimedia marketing plans that promote businesses and organizations.

Southeast Museum of Photography

Given our state-of-the-art facilities and close relationship with the college’s Southeast Museum of Photography located on our campus, Daytona State College is an exciting place to explore and develop personal visions. The Southeast Museum of Photography provides unique learning opportunities to examine exhibitions by master photographers from all over the world and participate in special events with many lectures and classroom visits by guest artists. The museum brings international and regional photographers to the area as well as offering a critical and engaging Lecture Film Series.

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  • Architectural, Commercial, Advertising Illustration, Editorial, Industrial
  • Product Photographer, Fashion, Fine Arts, Freelance, Photojournalist, Photo Editor
  • Photo Educator, Photographic Assistant, Portraiture, Weddings, Special Events Photographer
  • Multi-media Producer, Videographer, Staff Photographer, Interactive media specialist
  • UI/UX designer, Sound designer, Content creator, Non-traditional advertising & designer 
Programs of Study

Find out more about the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies

Contact: Steven Benson 
Department Chairperson
Professor of Photography/Video
SE Center for Photographic Studies
Building 530, Room 232H/232A
(386) 506-3581

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