Photography and Motion

Program Description

Photography & Motion Online:

The Photography and Motion program utilizes the latest in equipment and software to keep pace with professional industry requirements. Coursework covers strobe and continuous lighting, video, portraiture, advertising, studio and location photography. Image makers today require an understanding of social media, design, storytelling and platform specific best practices. The program will encourage individual creativity and expression. You will graduate with a professional portfolio and working knowledge of the photographic industry.


  • Minneapolis College’s Photography and Motion program is unique in its approach to photography. We balance the creative aspects with the technical side of photography and video. Including software specific to image capture and enhancement, as well as cameras and lighting used in the studio and on location.
  • Faculty are experienced, professional photographers selected for their extensive knowledge, work experience, and passion for the subjects they teach.

  • The availability of leading-edge equipment and facilities strengthen the program’s practical experience. You will have access to the latest software, cameras and lighting equipment as well as the Photography and Motion studio, with individual shooting bays and multiple computer stations for on-site photo and video creation and editing.

  • Minneapolis College’s Photography and Motion faculty members work closely with the Twin Cities’ commercial photographic community to ensure the curriculum is current and relevant to industry needs.

PHMO Student Gallery

  • PHMO Portfolio Show 
  • PHMO Portfolio Show 3D Gallery
    The PHMO Portfolio Show Virtual 3D Gallery is an innovative opportunity to browse the work of graduating Photography students in a 3D gallery environment. This unique platform puts an emphasis on quality over quantity, allowing the viewer to experience the imagery "in place". The 3D Gallery may take a few seconds to load.
  • Class Project Work

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics states, the overall demand for professional photographers is declining.

However, the application of newer technologies, such as drone photography, may contribute to increased demand for these workers. For example, drone photography in the commercial sector enables the capturing of images and information for agricultural land, real estate, and new construction projects.

In addition, drone photography enables the photographer to create visuals of tall structures, such as cell towers and bridges, that are in need of repair. Drone photography at weddings or special events also captures scenic aerial portraits.

Employment of self-employed photographers is projected to grow. Demand for portrait photographers will remain as people continue to want new portraits. In addition, corporations will continue to require the services of commercial photographers to develop compelling advertisements to sell products.

Videographer overall employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 18 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations.

The number of Internet-only platforms, such as streaming services, is likely to increase, along with the number of shows produced for these platforms. This growth may lead to more work for editors and camera operators.

In broadcasting, the consolidation of roles—such as editors who determine the best angles for a shoot, the use of robotic cameras, and the increasing reliance on amateur film footage—may lead to fewer jobs for camera operators. However, more film and video editors are expected to be needed because of an increase in special effects and overall available content.
(Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Potential Job Titles

  • Advertising Photographer (product, food, fashion, lifestyle…)

  • Corporate photographer, (events, industrial, agricultural, medical…)

  • Editorial photographer, (people, still life, landscape…)

  • Portrait photographer

  • Wedding Photographer

  • Photographer's Assistant

  • Digital Tech

  • Photojournalist

  • Content Creator for Social Media

  • Videographer

Where You Could Work

  • Independent commercial photography studios

  • Corporate In-house Photography Studios

  • Wedding / Portrait photography Studios

  • Video Production Companies

  • Self-Employed Commercial or Retail Photographer/Videographer