College of Arts and Sciences
Photography

Program Summary

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    Photography (BFA)

    The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Photography offers highly specialized training in the context of a broader liberal arts education. This professional degree focuses heavily on photographic technique, critical theory, and portfolio development. A BFA in Photography provides the training and practice necessary to begin a career in photography or to gain admittance into top graduate programs in the arts.

    A Photography major is 87 credits, including:

    ART 100 Design and Color (5 credits)
    ART 105 Freshman Seminar (2 credits)
    ART 160 Black and White Photography I (3 credits)
    ART 211 or ART 212 Survey of Western Art (5 credits)
    ART 260 Color Photography I (3 credits)
    ART 265 Black and White Photography II (3 credits)
    ART 271 Digital Imaging (5 credits)
    ART 310 Art Since 1945; or ART 316 History of Modernism (5 credits)
    ART 317 History of Photography (5 credits)
    ART 360 Black and White Photography III (3 credits)
    ART 365 Light Control for Photography (3 credits)
    ART 378 Photography Production Seminar (3 credits)
    ART 412 Theory and Methods in Photography (5 credits)
    ART 475 The Business of Art (5 credits)
    ART 478 Photography Portfolio Seminar (2 credits)
    ART 480 Documentary Photography for Social Change (5 credits)
    ART 490 Senior Synthesis (5 credits)
    ART Electives at the 200 level or above (5 credits)
    ART Electives at the 300-400 level (15 credits)
     

    Documentary Emphasis

    In addition to the classes listed above, students who wish to pursue an emphasis in documentary photography would substitute nine of the fifteen elective credit requirements with the following documentary courses: Documentary Survey, Documentary Methodology and Documentary Stills and Video.

    Note: Faculty will review the student portfolio upon completion of sophomore year, or equivalent, to determine eligibility to continue in the photography major.

    Interdisciplinary Arts (BA)

    Photography Emphasis

    The Fine Arts department offers an exciting and unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study in the arts. While the emphasis track is specific to photography, this program requires students to take courses outside the chosen field; students are encouraged to explore the endless possibilities that exist between photography and other art forms. This unique degree is an excellent alternative to the BFA program.

    An Interdisciplinary Arts major with a Photography Emphasis requires 60 credits, including:

    ART 100 Design and Color (5 credits)
    ART 160 Black and White Photography I (3 credits)
    ART 212 Survey of Western Art II (5 credits)
    ART 260 Color Photography I (3 credits)
    ART 265 Black and White Photography II (3 credits)
    ART 317 History of Photography (5 credits)
    ART 360 Black and White Photography III (3 credits)
    ART 365 Light Control for Photography (3 credits)
    ART Electives (30 credits total; 10 outside emphasis, 10 at 300-400 level)

    Course Offerings and Requirements

    For more detailed information regarding the degree programs in Photography and other Fine Arts programs, visit the Online Catalog.