As a HACC student...

Our HACC students have achieved many local, regional, and national, and international honors. These include student and professional competitions, Pulitzer Prize nominations, and National Press Photographers Photographer of the Year.
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Meet our Faculty

Our faculty are comprised of a dynamic mix of distinguished artists and real-world working professionals in their field. What we all share in common is a sincere caring for our students, their lives, and their futures. HACC Photography takes pride in diversity and inclusivity.


Why Consider HACC?

Our faculty is comprised of a dynamic mix of distinguished artists and real-world working professionals in their field.

What we all share in common is a sincere caring about our students, their lives, and their futures.
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What We Offer/Facilities/Labs

Our world class photography facilities benefit students who  experience a range of exhibitions, cultural events, workshops, lectures, field trips, and demonstrations.

In addition, students have multiple opportunities to exhibit work in the Student Honor’s Shows in the Rose Lehrman Art Center Gallery.
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What You’ll Need For Class

Students in the Photography AFA and Photography Certificate Programs need a digital single lens reflex camera (DSLR) with a zoom lens. Some photography classes require textbooks and expendable photographic materials, varying by class and student. Harrisburg Area Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). Most of the nation’s major art programs and art schools are accredited by NASAD. Of the 1462 community colleges in the United States, less than 20 have NASAD accreditation. HACC Programs in Art, Graphic & Interactive Design, and Photography complete periodic peer review processes to remain accredited and to achieve and maintain NASAD’s stringent criteria for our students.

What You’ll Do

ART115 - Beginning Digital Photography

Art 115 is the required course to take when starting Photography at HACC and has no prerequisite. While some students taking this course have little background in digital photography, others have more experience. Either way, this first Photography course brings everyone up to speed to understand and work in our state-of-the art digital photography facility. The topics include digital camera operations, basic editing, use of the digital darkroom, and the visual elements of photographic design.

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ART116 - Silver Gelatin Photography

Art 116 is a traditional darkroom photography course, shooting black and white film. Film cameras are available to check out for those students who do not already own a SLR film camera. Topics include shooting and developing film, printing, creative and fun darkroom techniques, photojournalism, and further exploration of the visual elements of photographic design. 

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ART201 - Color Photography

Art 201 examines color vision, color printing, and color theory. This course allows students to participate in a visual design workshop where their visual awareness and sensitivity are explored. Through sophisticated lectures and color darkroom sessions, students are able to study and apply color theory, work with color negatives and transparencies, and print color images in their private color darkroom. Film cameras are available to check out for those students who do not already own a SLR film camera.

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ART205 - Color Digital Photography

Art 205 is a digital color photography course that builds on skills, theory, and techniques learned in Art 201 Color Photography. Students shoot interesting and challenging visual design assignments for critique, and also further their skills in digital color printing and scanning. They also organize and publish their own digital photography book, and shoot on-location and create a digital slide show with music. In addition, students research, shoot, and implement a self- chosen major body of color digital work, culminating in a major critique at the end of the semester.

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ART206 - Studio Photography

Art 206 encompasses creative professional photographic lighting. This is conducted in our state-of-the-art Photographic Studio with digital high-speed electronic flash, continuous quartz lighting, high definition monitor-tethering, metering, and a full range of cameras, reflectors, umbrellas, and studio accessories. After professional lecture and demonstration, students select their most convenient time slots throughout the week to execute real world assignments and challenges in photographic lighting and problem solving. Assignments can range from portraiture, table top (glass, reflective metal), location, fashion, and fine art.

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ART209 - Photography Seminar

Art 209 introduces contemporary topics, technologies, strategies, and the ethics of digital photography. The course provides students with marketing, self-promotional, interviewing, and resume skills, along with the opportunity to refine their portfolios for the work place, transfer institutions, exhibitions, or personal growth. Students also create a professional business, transfer, or life plan with timeline for achieving their goals. Throughout the semester, successful professionals share their expertise in resume and cover letter writing, website building and sales, legal issues in photography, and entrepreneurship for opening their own business.

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