Applicant Letter

Welcome to RCC Photography!

Thank you for taking a step toward success by contacting us.

The RCC Photography Program is in its fifth decade. Our long run of success and national recognition rests on the quality of our instruction, the relevance of our curriculum, and the commitment of our students and the accomplishments of our graduates. Our students come from all over the country to learn how to have a career in the dynamic, creative and exciting field of professional photography. Our curriculum has been carefully designed and is continuously adapting to meet the ever-advancing change in our industry. No matter what degree in Photography you decide to pursue, our instructors are personally dedicated to guide and train you in the latest technical, visual and business aspects of professional photography.

Ours is a two-year Associate Degree program, 6 continuous semesters (Fall, Spring, Summer). Each fall semester we hit the ground running with our new group of 1st year students. While the program is considered rigorous, no previous photographic knowledge is required. Each student completes the same series of photographic foundational courses during year one. In the second year, students enter one of the three concentration majors: Commercial, Photojournalism or Portrait Studio Management. These concentrations include on-the-job internship opportunities available locally, across the country and the world.

Due to limited seating, we encourage you to apply early. We are here to assist you.

  • For questions or information about RCC enrollment process and application –

Contact RCC Student Services (336) 633 – 0310.

or Visit the Apply Now! page on the web site. HERE

  • For information about the Photography curriculum or photographic equipment requirements – contact Kevin Eames @ (336) 633 – 0251 or

Your success is our success. At Randolph Community College, we are dedicated to Creating Opportunities and Changing Lives!


Kevin Eames

Department Head, Photographic Technology


Each year we survey our graduating Photography students. In the survey, the members of the graduating class are asked to estimate the total they spent on equipment and supplies while pursuing their associate’s degree in Photography at RCC. While the responses vary greatly from student to student, graduates indicate the average spent on required equipment and supplies (excluding digital camera body) ranged from $1500 – $2500.

While the tuition at RCC is quite reasonable, we understand the purchase of photography equipment may seem costly. Our goal is to guide you toward making wise investments. For this reason, we recommend students delay equipment purchases until after the faculty has had an opportunity to explain in detail the equipment and supply requirements. To aid students in budgeting and planning, we have compiled the following list of the required equipment/supplies as well as a list of popular vendors. Some vendors may offer student discounts.

Please note at the beginning of each semester, instructors will issue a list of additional materials and supplies needed for each their classes such as: books, film, paper, matte board, etc.


Fall Semester – year one – need by 2nd week of classes

Tackle box kit – available at the RCC Campus Store (may be purchased before semester begins)

Camera bag (padded) – required only for students checking out medium format cameras from RCC Photography Equipment Check Out (ECO)

Cable release – Standard mechanical cable release for film camera


  • Must be capable of holding 12 pounds! Medium format film cameras are heavy.
  • 3 way pan/tilt heads are preferred.
  • Ball heads are not NO VIDEO TRIPOD HEADS!
  • Standard or quick release plate heads are both acceptable.
  • Recommended brands include: Bogen-Manfrotto, Slik, Induro or Benro.
  • Use this link for detailed information:

Spring Semester – year one – need by start of semester

Digital Camera body – Professional level HD Digital SLR (single lens reflex) – minimum requirements:

  • Total manual operations
  • Raw file capture
  • Metal lens mounts
  • May be used with interchangeable lenses
  • Hot shoe
  • 1280 x 720 (or higher) HD Video Capture, 30 / 25 / 24 fps
  • Auto Bracketing Exposure (AEB)
  • Audio input (3.5mm stereo mini-external microphone input)
  • Shutter 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb – X-sync at 1/160 or faster
  • Live view shooting
  • Custom Color Temperature setting (as well as standard presets)
  • ISO 100-6400
  • Burst: Min. 3 frames (shots) per second
  • Exposure Modes, Full Manual, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Bulb, Flash Off Camera,
  • 1/160 Flash Sync Speed or faster

Acceptable camera bodies include:

60DD7000 Series
70DD500 Series
6DD600 Series
7D seriesD750 Series
5D Mark II & Mark IIID800 Series
5D-S and 5D-S RD3 Series
EOS 1Ds Mark IIID4 Series
EOS 1D Mark IVD5 Series
EOS 1Dx 

Memory Cards – compatible with your HDdSLR (CF or SD are standard)

  • Capable of a minimum of 16 Gigabytes of storage, UDMA, 300MB/s or faster.

Multi-Card (SD & CF compatible) card reader – with USB or Thunderbolt connection.

External (portable) hard drive

  • Minimum 1TB capacity
  • Bus powered (does not need an external power cord)
  • Thunderbolt or USB II / III connection
  • Ability to format to current MAC OS extended file system

Spring semester equipment continued on next page

Spring Semester – year one need by start of 2nd eight weeks

Flash – Hand held “dedicated” electronic flash.

  • Flash must be “dedicated” to your DSLR system (Canon or Nikon – No after market brands)
  • Hot shoe mount
  • Battery powered
  • PC connection socket
  • Capable of non TTL automatic function

Radio slave – for remote flash synchronization

Light stand – portable

Batteries with battery charger – 4 AA rechargeable

Summer Semester – year one – need by start of semester

Headphones – over-the-ear style, stereo

Optional Equipment and Software

Medium format camera with normal lens – used Fall and Spring 1st year

  • Medium format film cameras will be provided for limited student use by the RCC Photography Department. If a student wants unlimited access to a medium format camera, we recommend purchasing a used camera and normal lens. Please contact us for recommendations.
  • Acceptable brands are Mamiya, Yashica, Rolleflex, Pentax, Bronica, Hassleblad, and Contax

Computer – used from Spring 1st year forward

  • A laptop loaded with software matching that used in your classes is highly recommended but not required.
  • Apple Macintosh MacBook Pro or iMac ask us about education discounts.

Software – Annual subscription Adobe Creative Cloud – used from Spring 1st year forward

Popular Vendors

Please note: Exact equipment model numbers and features are subject to change.


How to apply to RCC:

Tuition and fees:

Financial Aid and Scholarships:

Visit RCC Photography:

Tours – 1st Tuesday of each month –

Invite us to visit your school or organization:


Check us out online:

RCC main website / photo

RCC Photography Blog

RCC Photography on Facebook

RCC Photography on Instagram – Randolph_photo

Student housing information

Questions about housing may be directed to the Asheboro/Randolph Chamber of Commerce (336) 626-2626

Courier-Tribune newspaper’s online classifieds:

Photography Contact info:

Kevin Eames, Department Head, Photography Programs,

Erin Arsenault, Instructor, Photographic Technology, Portrait Studio Management,

Jay Capers, Instructor, Photographic Technology, Photojournalism and Multimedia,

Dhanraj Emanuel, Instructor, Photographic Technology, Commercial,

RCC Contact info:

RCC Main Telephone (336) 633-0200

RCC Student Services (336) 633-0310


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