| Question: Are open lab times available?|
A: Yes, open labs are posted each semester. Ask your instructor or lab assistant when they are available, and to make arrangements to use the labs.
| Question: Are Textbooks required?|
A: Each instructor makes this decision so it is important to check for the course section number at the bookstore before purchasing your book. It is advisable to wait until after the first class day to best understand the textbook requirements.
| Question: Are there any pre requisites?|
A: There are no pre requisites.
| Question: Can I get an Associates Degree in Photography?|
| Question: Can I take these classes for non-credit?|
A. It is very common at Mountain View to have students taking Photography classes for Personal Enrichment; many of our students are not seeking degrees (or already have degrees in other fields). Students who take credit classes for non-credit are expected to meet the same requirements (attendance and assignments) as of those students taking the class for credit.
| Question: Do I need to buy my own supplies?|
A: Yes, Photography students are required to purchase their own supplies.
| Question: How can I get more information about a class before I register?|
A: You can call the department @ 214-860-8753 or stop by room W67 and speak to an Instrutor or an Assistant. In the summer months or other times when no-one is available you may contact the Dean's office @ 214-860-8822.
| Question: I took Photography in high school, do I really need to take the beginning Photography classes at Mountain View?|
A: Even though a student has had photography classes in high school, they still should begin with Photography I for their college education. If they are advanced in skills, they may handle the college assignments in a more mature way, but still should have the beginning college class as part of their official college record. So YES, even though one has had previous non-college photography courses, everyone should begin with the BEGINNING college photography classes. - It is within these classes that students learn how to critique at the college level, how to use vocabulary appropriate to the college classroom, how to participate in discussions involving more mature subject matter, how to present their work in a professional manner, and how to use materials and supplies not always provided in the high schools. - Skipping a beginning course will place you at a disadvantage to those students who have already taken these college-level classes.
| Question: Is an entrance test required for registration for credit?|
A. If one is taking a class for Personal Enrichment only, there is no required "entrance" test, but one must file an application with Mountain View College Admissions. Check "Personal Interest" on the application, get set up on the computer, then register for the classes. Once you are set up on the computer to register as a credit student, you do not have to repeat this process the next semester if you wish to register for another course.
| Question: Is there a scholarship or financial aid available?|
| Question: What about labs?|
Lab times are built in around the classes, but you may need to plan other times to work on your own in the photo lab.
| Question: What are the classes available and what does each course cover?|
A: Photography I –
Photography II –
Digital Imaging –
News Photography I (Digital) –
News Photography II (Digital) –
Continuing Education Non-Credit -
| Question: What classes should I take first?|
A: You should always start with the beginning classes.
| Question: What is the approximate cost of those supplies?|
A. For Black & White Photography a camera with completely manual settings is required, but for Digital Photography a camera with both manual and automatic settings may be used. The basic processing chemicals are provided in the lab but printing papers and film must be purchased by the student. Costs for supplies usually run between $100. and $150.
| Question: What kind of equipment & supplies do I need?|