How Do I Get a Degree?

So, how do you get started in PPA's Merit & Degree program?PPA Merit & Degree Program, PPAedu, Techniques for Photographers, Photography Association
So you're a member? Great! Next up, you need to accumulate 25 merits, which can be earned by succeeding in photographic competition, continuing your education and sharing your knowledge as an instructor.

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Merit Requirement
25 merits is the magic number for all degrees, but which degree is your goal? Each requires a different combination of merits:

Master of Photography (M.Photog.)
Required merits: 13 Exhibition merits + 12 Exhibition, Electronic Imaging, Speaking or Service merits
Download the PDF to help you track you progress towards the Master of Photography degree.

Master Artist (M.Artist)
Required merits: Any combination of 13 Artist Exhibition, Electronic Imaging or specialist merits + 12 Exhibition, Electronic Imaging, Speaking or Service merits
Download the PDF to help you track your progress towards the Master Artist degree.

Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.)
Required merits: 13 Speaking merits + 12 Exhibition, Electronic Imaging, Speaking or Service merits
Download the PDF to help you track your progress towards the Photographic Craftsman degree.

Please note: Once merits are applied to a degree, they are considered void for future application and may not be used again. If you want to be awarded two degrees in one calendar year, you must accumulate a total of 50 or more appropriate merits for those two degrees (and so on).

PPA Membership Requirement
First, you need to be a PPA member! The Merit & Degree program is an exclusive PPA member benefit. That's why you must hold one of the following PPA memberships before you can earn your degree:

  • Professional Active Member
  • Additional Active Member
  • Life Member
  • Retired Member

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Receiving Degrees

After you have acquired the necessary merits, PPA will notify you that you are eligible to receive a degree. PPA Council will officially confer your degree at their annual meeting held during Imaging USA.

Once the Council confers your degree, you can receive it at the Award & Degree Ceremony during Imaging USA! This is a special evening event that honors all degree recipients and recognizes them with the presentation of their degree and medallion. If you are unable to attend, your degree and medallion are shipped to you after Imaging USA.

Please note: Until the PPA Council officially confers your degree at the annual Council meeting at Imaging USA, you may not announce that you have received the degree.


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