Image-ining your future

Photo and Video Imaging

Make images that make a difference.

Humans are visual creatures, and whether or not a picture is truly worth a thousand words, few people today will read even ten words unless a visual element first grabs their attention.

In enjoy telling stories and influencing mass audiences using visual media, then a photo and video degree may be the perfect fit.

Why get an associates in photo and video imaging?

  • Add to your tool kit as a communicator by adding visual impact to communication, social media or graphic design study programs.
  • Learn to capture, edit and distribute effective images and video for all types of audiences.
  • Join a high-tech field with significant job growth—10 percent over the next ten years.

Union really prepared me for the workplace in a way most people don’t think about. The spirit of camaraderie between students of all majors and all professors meant I had friends in business, art, marketing and music. This put me ahead of my peers when I stepped into the business world because I understood how to interact with people who didn’t graduate with a computer science degree. Being able to work with other majors has helped propel me to where I am today.

Collin Krueger
2010 graduate and now a developer analyst in Bentonville, Ark.
photo Collin Krueger

Real experience starts long before graduation.

of students complete internships.

At Union College, we understand the importance of experience. That's why we connect you with experienced accountants who can teach you valuable lessons—from professors, to local business leaders to mentors in internships.

Why study at Union College?

  • Learn from professors with experience as professional photographers.
  • Couple your photo and video imaging classes with a graphic design, communication or web development degree and build a skill set attractive to any employer.
  • Join Union's student-run creative agency and build your portfolio developing real projects for real clients.
  • Interact with professional mentors who will share advice, critique your work and help you build your portfolio.

As a part of the photo and video imaging program, I took a scriptwriting class. At first, I didn't necessary see the value—I wanted to learn better techniques for shooting and editing video. But the class has turned out to be very useful, and I've even been able to use what I've learned in a short film I made recently.

Levi Immanuel Ventura
sophomore graphic design and photo and video imaging major from Texas.
photo Levi Immanuel Ventura

Majors and minors

Union College offers photo and video imaging:

Photo and Video Imaging—a two-year associate of science degree
Guides: 2020-2021 | 2021-2022

Union also offers a minor for photo and video imaging—Guide PDF

Interested in related fields? Check out these programs:

Career options

Film and video editor

Manipulate moving images that entertain or inform an audience.

Job outlook
13% growth (faster than average)

Median pay


Use their technical expertise, creativity, and composition skills to produce and preserve images that tell a story or record an event.

Job outlook
-6% (decline)

Median pay

Multimedia artist

Create animation and visual effects for television, movies, video games, and other forms of media.

Job outlook
8% growth (average)

Median pay