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  Oct 17, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Photography, BA


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Central to the Photography Department’s curricular structure is the idea that all undergraduate students will receive a core foundation in photography skills, which lead to the path of specialization through a range of photographic concentrations.

The common goals and objectives for all BA students are:

  • Students should demonstrate the ability to produce photographic work consistent with high professional standards.
  • Students should demonstrate an applied understanding of the visual grammar of photography and the ability to incorporate technical, formal and conceptual competencies in their creative work.
  • Students should be able to articulate in verbal and written form the key technical, formal and conceptual issues in their creative work and the work of others.
  • Students should develop portfolios representative of their advanced photography coursework.
  • Students should demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the history of photography and contemporary photographic practice and be able to relate their work to this history and practice.

The BA is a liberal arts degree that focuses on photography in the context of a broad program of general studies at the college level. Students can choose to pursue a general photography degree or select from a list of 12-credit concentrations that include Commercial, Fashion and Fine Art. The BA allows for substantial interdisciplinary opportunities and the option of a minor or a double major in other departments. Students may choose to take additional electives in photography beyond the required 42 credit hours and may pursue those additional courses in a self-directed manner.

Students must earn a C or better in all major courses. The Photography Department also offers a Second Bachelor of Arts in Photography with no concentration, and a Minor in Photography.

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Concentrations


Commercial


The Commercial Concentration offers students the opportunity to study and practice multiple roles and skills in the increasingly diverse field of commercial photography. Students will take a core set of photography courses that focus on photographic principals and skills including digital imaging, studio lighting and photo history. Students will have the opportunity to study and practice the roles of photographer, stylist, digital technician and studio assistant at various points in the concentration preparing them for a variety of career opportunities. Advanced level commercial courses offer students the opportunity to refine their skills, create a personal vision, and build a unique body of work.

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Fashion Photography


The Fashion Photography Concentration offers students a unique experience to work with industry professionals and collaborate with Photography Department partners as they explore what it means to be a fashion photographer in the 21st century. Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students in the Fashion Studies Department to gain a greater understanding of how the latest fashion trends are developed. The Fashion Concentration includes a core set of photography courses that focus on photographic principals and techniques including digital imaging, studio lighting, and photo history. Advanced-level courses offer students the opportunity to refine their skills in the studio and on location in order to refine their personal vision and create a unique body of work.

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Fine Art


The Fine Art Concentration offers students the opportunity to develop a comprehensive understanding of contemporary art practice and photographic history supporting their development of a body of work in upper-level topical and seminar classes. The Concentration includes a core set of photography courses that focus on photographic principals and techniques including digital imaging, studio lighting and photo history. The Concentration in Fine Art prepares students for graduate school and/or a variety of careers centered on making, exhibiting and publishing photographs. Students progress through a rigorous and engaging curriculum in which they refine their personal vision and develop a unique body of work.

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