About the program

Photographic Technology (Associate Degree)

Western North Carolina Photography School at McDowell Technical Community College

©2015 Jim White

©2015 Jim White

MTCC is located in Marion (near Asheville) in western North Carolina and is one of only a handful of community colleges in the state featuring a photography program.

The photography program at McDowell Technical Community College offers both a two-year associate degree and a certificate in Photographic Technology.  You can also take individual classes to suit your needs and interests.

©2015 Jim White

©2015 Jim White

Students attending photography school at McDowell Tech benefit from small hands-on classes, currently from four to thirteen students per class, and additional one-on-one time with instructors when needed.

All photography classes are hybrid, meeting once a week with the remainder of the content being offered online.

Students learn digital photography, as well as video using DSLR cameras. The program features a fully equipped studio, Macintosh lab for digital imaging, and a large format Epson 9890 printer for producing exhibition quality work.

Graduates qualify for entry level jobs in the diverse photographic industry. Employment opportunities exist in the following areas:  commercial photography, photojournalism, biomedical photography, portrait, photographic equipment sales, photographic laboratories, and imagining technologies.

Photographic Technology Curriculum

©2015 Jim White

©2015 Jim White


Student Video by James Hughes featuring the MTCC Photographic Technology Program.

7 Responses to About the program

  1. Carolyn Sargent says:

    When is the next class start in photography

  2. Pam Mast says:


    I have a couple questions. Certificate Program how long does that run? Days of week for class & cost?


    • Blake Madden says:

      Hi Pam – I was just going through the Spam folder and found your question. My apologies for the late reply. The Certificate Program can be completed in one year, although some students take longer. Also, when you are enrolled in the certificate program you can take other photo classes as well. Please email me if you have any questions and I’ll get right back to you. Many thanks- Blake

  3. Please forward details, ie: requirements, (equipment, etc.) cost and experience in photography, non accredited courses.

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