Credentials You Can Earn
The NGTC photography program has a well-deserved reputation for excellence. In the last five year’s students have won bronze, silver and gold in the Skills USA competition, and not just in the state but in the nation. Our program motto states, ‘practical skills for real world jobs’, and our diploma and associate degree programs do just that, prepare you for work and teach everything you need to make it in the real world.
Courses cover the fundamentals of photography and students gain experience in a wide range of photographic specialties including portraiture, lifestyle, commercial, nature, multimedia and photojournalism.
In addition, students learn essential Photoshop skills, produce a professional portfolio, complete a business plan and have an introduction to design and marketing.
Our facilities are second to none with over 6,000 sq. ft. of studio space, computer lab, print room, amphitheater and classrooms. We are equipped with a full range of studio lighting and support both Nikon and Canon based camera systems with additional lenses available to loan.
Overall costs, including all books and equipment, are substantially less than almost any other photography program and most students are eligible for the Hope Scholarship or the Hope Grant. You can be sure to leave with a qualification designed to further your career and not a difficult student loan.
The Photography associate degree program prepares students for employment in the diverse and growing field of photography. The Photography associate degree program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of photography. Graduates of the program receive a Photography Associate of Applied Science Degree.
The Photography diploma program prepares students for employment in the diverse and growing field of photography. The Photography program provides learning opportunities which introduce, develop, and reinforce academic and occupational knowledge, skills, and attitudes required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. Additionally, the program provides opportunities to upgrade present knowledge and skills or to retrain in the area of photography. Graduates of the program receive a Photography diploma.
NGTC‘s Photography program offers a certificate for those who want to specialize in a particular area or to refresh the skills they may already have:
- Digital Photographer Certificate
The Photography program may accept Live Work projects on a very limited basis. Please consult with the instructor on a particular project that may be appropriate for Live Work.
- Professional Photographer
- Portrait Photographer
- Commercial Photographer
- Public Relations Photographer
- Photographers assistant
- Web Designer
Meet the Faculty
NGTC Photography continues to ensure the highest standards of education. Our team of full-time instructors, adjunct instructors, and lab assistants each have professional experience in a broad range of photographic skills including portraiture, commercial, photojournalism, and video production.
Other contributing speakers bring real-world experience and offer a unique opportunity for students to network and explore what it means to be a professional photographer.
We give special thanks to all our staff and contributors, including Brett Wells, Kevin Jiminez, E Lane Gresham, Peter McIntosh, Tom Askew, Mike Bentley, Stephen Jones, Richard Calmes, Ed Thompson, Ron Howell, Eric Richards, Billy Galligan, Richard Hayes, Kenzie Hurley, and Melissa Henderson.
Jim Loring heads the team as program director. His photographic experience spans more than thirty years covering a wide range of professional assignments including editorial, portraiture, wedding, video, public relations, and humanitarian photography with over 70 assignments worldwide. His teaching experience began in 1997 at Surrey Institute of Art & Design in the UK, he joined the NGTC faculty in 2007 and in 2017 won the Rick Perkins Award for Excellence in Technical Instruction. Contact: email@example.com.
Melissa Henderson joined the North Georgia Tech faculty in 2016 as an adjunct instructor and became a full-time instructor in 2018. She holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Photography Arts from North Georgia Technical College and enjoyed operating her own Photography business for over ten years. While a student at NGTC, one of her fondest experiences was participating and winning bronze in the state post-secondary SkillsUSA Photography competition. Now, as the NGTC SkillsUSA coordinator and advisor, she continues to work with students to achieve their goal of competing with SkillsUSA. Melissa remains active in serving on the NGTC Alumni Board as the Parliamentarian. Contact: office at 706-754-7883 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.