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.
87 credits in photography, including:
ART 1000 - Design and Color
ART 1200 - Drawing I
ART 4850 - Contemporary Practices and Portfolio
ARTH 3420 - History of Photography
PHOT 1050 - Freshman Seminar
PHOT 1600 - Black and White Photography Seminar I
PHOT 2600 - Black and White Photography Seminar II
PHOT 2650 - Introduction to Video Art: Experiments in Moving Image
PHOT 3000 - Advanced Video Art : Complicating the Moving Image
PHOT 3600 - Light Control for Photography
PHOT 3650 - Business of Photography
PHOT 3780 - Photography Production Seminar
PHOT 4120 - Theory and Methods in Photography
PHOT 4800 - Documentary Photography for Social Change
ART, ARTD, ARTH, PHOT Electives at the 3000-4000 level (see course descriptions) (9)
Students may choose to take 5 credits from the following towards the major elective requirement:
FILM 3400 - Filmmaking I
FILM 3420 - Filmmaking II
FILM 4400 - Filmmaking III
FILM 4420 - Narrative Filmmaking
FILM 4450 - Documentary Filmmaking
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.
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. More information about the Interdisciplinary Arts Degree with an Emphasis in Photography can be found here.
Course Offerings and Requirements
For more detailed information regarding the degree programs in Photography and other Fine Arts programs, visit the Online Catalog.