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 Commercial Photography, Fine Art Photography, or Photojournalism.
No student is required to bring a portfolio, however, any students attempting to place into upper-level photography classes should be prepared to show their work before their Orientation program.
Students who require a portfolio review will be contacted by the Photography department to schedule an appointment on the morning of their Orientation day, before the program begins.
The Photography faculty will be available at Orientation to evaluate portfolios. You are invited to bring a portfolio if:
o You are hoping to transfer photography credit from another college and/or university.
o You are hoping to waive out of foundation level courses based on your advanced photography experience in high school.
o You are hoping to waive out of foundation level courses based on your professional photography experience.
For Foundations of Photography I, you must show a portfolio (15 images) of both black & white and color digital files and take a written exam. The files should be jpegs at 100dpi and at least 1500 pixels on the longer side. You should also be prepared to answer very specific questions regarding your work.
For Foundations of Photography II, you must show a portfolio of 10 to 15 Inkjet prints (made by the photographer, not an outside lab) on photo quality paper from one or two photographic projects / series.
For digital imaging courses, you will take an exam on Photoshop consisting of a written portion and an image manipulation portion. Digital prints will not be reviewed during this process.
For lighting courses, you must show a portfolio (15-20 images) of black & white darkroom prints or inkjet prints.
Recommended First-Semester Classes
We recommend you try and take 2-3 of 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