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Photography

About Photography

The BA in Photography prepares students to produce photographic work consistent with high professional standards, utilizing an applied understanding of the visual grammar of photography and the ability to incorporate technical, formal, and conceptual competencies in their creative work and the work of others.  Through their course of study, students will develop portfolios representative of their advanced photography coursework.  Students are expected to develop a comprehensive understanding, and relate their work, to the history of photography and contemporary photographic practice.  Students have the option to select a 12-credit hour area of concentration in Fashion Photography, Commercial Photography, Fine Art Photography, or Photojournalism. 


For Orientation

Freshmen Students

First-Year students are able to take a Foundations of Photography placement exam if:

• You are hoping to transfer photography credit from another college and/or university.

• You are hoping to waive out of foundation level courses based on your advanced photography experience in high school.

• You are hoping to waive out of foundation level courses based on your professional photography experience.

An online exam is the first of a two-step review for Foundations of Photography I. If a student obtains a score on the exam that indicates an understanding of foundational 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. If you are a first-year student with photography experience, please contact Jenn Jones at jennjones@colum.edu for access to the exam.


Transfer Students

An online exam is the first of a two-step review for Foundations of Photography I. If a student obtains a score on the exam that indicates an understanding of foundational 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 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.

For complete Portfolio Review Requirements and information regarding in-person portfolio reviews for Foundations of Photograhy II, Digital Imaging I, and Introduction to Lighitng please visit colum.edu/photoportfoliorequirements.


Recommended First Semester Classes

We recommend you enroll in the following classes in your first semester as a photography major:

• 23-1111 Foundations of Photography I

One of the Following:

• 22-1220 Fundamentals of 2-D Design

• 22-1105 Introduction to Visual Culture