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Who evaluates Photography Department transfer courses?

Photography faculty and academic staff are responsible for Photography transfer course equivalency, substitution, or waiver decisions.


Jenn Jones

600 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1200-A




Portfolio reviews and exams take place at Transfer Orientation for all incoming Photography transfer students, on the morning of Transfer Orientation day, before the program begins.

Student asked to bring:

Please bring the following with you to your orientation session if you are planning to transfer in coursework:

Foundations of Photography I

An online exam is the first of a two-step review for Foundations of Photography I. In this exam, students will be required to show that they understand basic photographic concepts such as camera functions, exposure values and control, composition, and digital files.  If a student obtains a score on the exam that indicates an understanding of these concepts, the student will be provided with a link to upload a digital portfolio. Photography faculty members will then review the student's portfolio and the student will receive feedback within 14 business days. 

The portfolio should consist of 15 digital files (a mix of black & white and color), which exhibit a good contrast range, a full tonal range for black & white images, and accurate color. Files should be jpegs at 100dpi that are at least 1500 pixels on the longer side.

Images should demonstrate:

  • An understanding of basic camera controls including shutter speed /time & aperture /depth of field.
  • A basic understanding of the usage of light and space in their images.
  • A basic understanding of framing and composition.
  • A portion of the images should portray a cohesive theme or idea.

The photography department will email students with photography transfer courses the link to the online exam.  If you are a transfer student with photography courses and have not been emailed the exam, please contact Jenn Jones at jennjones@colum.edu


Foundations of Photography II

10-15 inkjet prints that exhibit a good contrast range, a full tonal range for black & white images, and accurate color. 

Images should demonstrate: 

  • An understanding of basic camera controls including shutter speed / time & aperture / depth of field. 

  • A basic understanding of the usage of light and space in their images.

  • A basic understanding of framing and composition.

  • Images should portray a theme or idea from one or two projects/series 

    Students should be able to discuss their visual choices and the meaning of their images.

    A written exam is also required in addition to the portfolio review.  

Digital Imaging Courses:

  • Digital prints are not reviewed.  Students must take a Photoshop proficiency exam to transfer in coursework.


Intro to Lighting:

15-20 color inkjet prints (one cohesive project is preferred) 


Images should demonstrate:

  • ability to use applied studio and natural lighting as an expressive tool

  • effective use of basic Digital SLR principles, handheld meters, and tungsten lights or strobe

  • ability to effectively light portraits and still life in the studio 

  • ability to use applied lighting on location

  • ability to control lighting contrast through the use of lighting ratios

  • a high quality of digital printing proficiency 

  • knowledge of Adobe Lightroom or similar software and shooting tethered


Additional Courses:

Courses that do not need portfolio review: 

  • Fundamentals of 2-D Design

  • History of Art II

  • Introduction to Visual Culture

  • History of Photography I



For Complete Portfolio Review Requirements, please see





By the end of the portfolio review session you will know what courses will be submitted for an equivalency, substitution, or waiver.  This will be reflected in your Oasis Advising Guide within 14 days.


Students will receive:

The Office of Degree Evaluation will issue a new or updated Transfer Evaluation Report within a week of receipt of the online Course Equivalency, Substitution, and Waiver Form from the department.



Please contact the Office of Degree Evaluation

Susan Sindlinger




Revised 2/14