Examine concepts, ask questions, solve creative problems and push the boundaries of traditional media using the power of still and motion imagery. Expand your knowledge both individually and in small teams to craft creative solutions from aesthetic conception to final application. The Visual Media program is a rigorous 2-year curriculum providing the framework for a strong portfolio and guidance for career preparation, whether as an entrepreneur or as a visual communications professional.

The Visual Media program immerses you in the foundations of digital storytelling using modern photography and video technology. Nurture your development of essential skills in lighting and composition for digital capture, both in studio and on location; post-production editing; and through developed critical thinking and professional communication skills.

As part of the Seattle Central Creative Academy, the Visual Media program provides an unmatched environment in your pursuit of visual media competency, with modern cooperative learning spaces and supportive faculty. Explore a range of disciplines, while connecting with industry professionals through portfolio reviews, guest lectures and work-based opportunities.

The application process for this dynamic program will begin soon and qualified applicants will begin the program in the fall of 2017. For more information or to be alerted when the application process begins, please contact us at 206-934-3830.

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Commercial Photography Registration

Commercial Photography is a two-year lockstep program that leads to an AAS Degree. Entry into the program is competitive. New students are only enrolled in fall quarter of the first year, which ensures the development of a tight cohort for the duration of the program. Prior experience or education in photography or video is not required. However, we look for applicants with the drive, passion and determination to succeed in these creative and highly competitive fields. In addition, we require that these steps be followed in order to apply:


  • Fall entry only
  • Full-time program
  • 2-Years (6 quarters)
  • No part-time option available
  • AAS Degree


  • Eligibility for English 101 (College Composition)
  • Eligibility for Math 081 (Pre-Algebra)
  • Approval of Entrance Exam (Requirements below)



Because there is often more interest in this program than we can accommodate, and because it is Fall entry only, student’s names are collected throughout the year and placed on Approved List.


Admission to Seattle Central Community College

Acceptance to Seattle Central Community College does not guarantee entrance into the Photography Program. To ensure application process to the Photography Program is complete, you must follow all the steps below listed in the Admissions portion of this handout.


Academic Requirements

Students must show that they are ready to take College Composition (English 101) and Pre-Algebra (MAT 081) by either (a) taking the placement test for admissions, or (b) providing transcripts from any previously attended accredited institution(s).



Once you have been admitted to Seattle Central and have evidence of academic eligibility either with the placement test scores or your transcripts, contact the Manager of Workforce Education, Bill Spence and he can be reached at william.spence@seattlecolleges.edu or, 206.934.4188. He will evaluate your test scores and give you a form to bring to the division office 2BE-5166 206.934.4188. That form will be used to place you on the approved list. Regardless of the date of demonstration of the skill requirements below, you will not be placed on the list until we have received this form.


Setting up your Program File

Take this form to the BITCA Division Office (room 5166) and request to set up your program file. You cannot be placed on the Approved List without an established program file.


Entrance Exam

Students wishing to enter this program must also complete an entrance exam that will be evaluated by faculty members in the Commercial Photography program. Students are not eligible to enter the program until this entrance requirement has been completed and approved.

Once your entrance exam is completed email it to @seattlecolleges.edu
Approval or disapproval will be provided within two weeks of the due dates below. If approved and you have completed all steps in the application process to the Commercial Photography Program. Your name will be added to the list at the next update.

  • Completed Entrance Exams due by 4:00pm
    Fall 2015: Due between 11/2 – 11/6/15
    Winter 2016: Due between 2/8 – 02/12/16
    Spring 2016: Due between 5/9 – 05/13/16
    Summer 2016: Due between 7/25 – 7/29/16
    Fall 2016: Due between 10/31 – 11/4/16


Open House

We strongly recommend that you attend an Open House about this program at your earliest convenience. Open House is scheduled during the 5th week of Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters. For specific information on dates and times contact the Business, Information Technologies and Creative Arts Office, room 2BE-5166, 206.934.3830

Enrollment Meeting

Prospective students on the Approved List will be contacted by US Mail late in Spring Quarter and notified of a mandatory Enrollment Meeting, which will occur in early June. If you have been notified of the mandatory meeting, but cannot attend, it is necessary that you have someone attend who has written authorization to act for you at that meeting. During the Enrollment Meeting the program will be filled in the order applicants were placed on the Approved List. If the program reaches capacity before we are able to offer you a seat, you will be invited to declare your wish to remain available to fill any late openings. At that time no further process will be necessary, however, you will be required to attend the enrollment meeting again the following year.