Photography

Photography

Photography emphasizes originality, self-expression, creative thinking and experimentation within the discipline of photography. This focuses on creative image making; while also emphasizing technical skills, which can be applied in the commercial field. Our students' portfolios are highly original and technically perfect, making them successful tools in promoting their work.

The BFA in Photography offers the largest and most diversified menu of Photography Electives, permitting you to customize your photographic curriculum. This program is for the true individualist: do your own thing, and combine your interests to develop a program that is right for you. The majority of our students choose this track.

Program Overview

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts: 36 credits Photography Core plus 24 credits minimum Photography Electives
  • Bachelor of Arts: 36 credits Photography Core plus 3 credits minimum Photography Electives

Photography Core (36 Credits Minimum)

ART 101B
2D Design
3 credits
Introduction to basic two‑dimensional design concepts, theory and techniques through the study of the principles and elements of art. Color theory and linear perspective will be introduced. (Special fee)
PHO 203
Basic Photography
3 credits
An introduction to Photography with emphasis placed upon technical, aesthetic, and historical perspectives of this fine art medium. Camera and black and white darkroom procedures are explored. Adjustable film camera required; limited number of rental cameras available. (Special fee)
PHO 303
Intermediate Photo – Film
3 credits
Projects involving abstraction and character‑portraits allow the student to creatively refine techniques of PHO 203 Basic Photography; new areas such as hand coloring, toning, high contrast ortho film and solarization are explored. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee)
PHO 305
Computer Imaging I
3 credits
Students use the computer to make and manipulate photographic images. Tools and techniques include color balancing, painting, cloning, text, and making composite photographs. Pre or Co‑requisite: CS 180 or equivalent or by Permission of Instructor. (Special fee)
PHO 313
Intermediate Photo – Digital
3 credits
This course is an exploration of digital image capture techniques, workflow, and digital output. Emphasis is placed upon technical, aesthetic, contemporary, and historical perspectives of the medium of digital photography as a fine art. DSLR camera required (or equivalent, see faculty for approval). Prerequisites: CS 180, PHO 203, and PHO 305. (Special fee)
PHO 401
or
PHO 402
Color Photography
or
Color Processes
3 credits

3 credits
PHO 401 – Color Photography
Printing color enlargements from color negatives using automated RA‑4 processing. Emphasis on creative use of color and quality color printing techniques. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)

PHO 402 – Color Processes
An exploration of various color processes including printing from color negatives, and making color transfers. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 405
or
PHO 406
or
PHO 419
Advanced Digital Imaging
or
Advanced Digital Photographic Imaging
or
Digital Fine Art Printing
3 credits

3 credits

3 credits
PHO 405 – Advanced Digital Imaging
A refined study of digital manipulation through the use of image editing software. More complex layer techniques, use of scanner as an input device, various source materials and non‑traditional presentations are explored. Discussions will include aesthetics and ethics of using digitally modified images. Prerequisites: PHO 305 and either PHO 206 or PHO 313 or permission of instructor. (Special fee)

PHO 406 – Advanced Digital Photographic Imaging
Application of advanced digital camera techniques as an expressive visual medium along with the use of image editing software. The class will reinforce digital photographic manipulation skills, as well as discussions about digital artists, critical thinking, and aesthetics in relation to personal creativity and expression. Prerequisites: PHO 305 and either PHO 206 or PHO 313 or permission of instructor. (Special fee)

PHO 419 – Digital Fine Art Printing
An advanced course investigating the printing of fine art digital images. Several types of digital printers and substrates will be utilized. A component of the course is the development of a coherent digitally printed body of creative photographic imagery. Prerequisites: CS 180, PHO 313. (Special fee)
PHO 411
or
PHO 412
Lighting Techniques
or
Studio Lighting
3 credits

3 credits
PHO 411 – Lighting Techniques
An exploration of a variety of lighting techniques. Projects involve use of natural, available, incandescent, on‑ camera flash, and studio strobe lighting. Prerequisite: PHO 303 or PHO 313. (Special fee)

PHO 412 – Studio Lighting
Students will learn artificial lighting techniques in a studio setting to provide creative solutions to visual problems. The class will cover discussions about the principles of light and its impact on personal expression, as well as past and contemporary visual artists’ use of light. Prerequisite: PHO 303 or PHO 313 (Special fee)
PHO 420
History of Photography
3 credits
An overview of the evolution of photography from its invention in the 1800s up to contemporary experimental work.
PHO 487
Senior Seminar
3 credits
Advanced student work on an independent project; emphasis on the development of one’s personal form of expression within the student’s area of interest. This course will also introduce the student to professional practices and procedures of the photo/art world to assist the students to professionally organize and market their work. To be taken during the student’s final semester in correlation with the senior exhibition. Upon completion of their senior exhibition, students are required to provide the department with a complete set of slides or digital images of their exhibition work. Prerequisite: Graduating senior photography major. (Special fee)

Photography Art History Requirements
(Choose 6 Credits From the List Below)

PHO 420
History of Photography
3 credits
An overview of the evolution of photography from its invention in the 1800s up to contemporary experimental work.
PHO 421
History of Photography, Film and Art
3 credits
Integration of the stylistic and technical developments in the history of photography, cinema, and painting from 1839 to the present. Emphasis upon the interrelationship of aesthetic movements and cross‑fertilizing influence of the different media. Analysis of classic movies as representative examples from film history.
ART 320
Western Art: Renaissance to Modern
3 credits
The chronological study of Western art from the Renaissance period through the nineteenth century to modern and postmodern art. Emphasis upon stylistic and technical developments within the historical and cultural setting.
ART 329
World Art I: To 1400
3 credits
An introduction to ancient and medieval art history through the chronological study of key works of visual culture throughout the world, from cave paintings to European cathedrals and Middle Eastern mosques, from the Venus de Milo to the Seated Buddha, and from Egyptian and Maya pyramids to Buddhist stupas. Emphasis will be placed on the shift from prehistoric societies to urban cultures, the rapid development of technical and aesthetic expertise expressed in local traditions, and the emergence of the world’s religions and their impact upon art.
ART 330
World Art II: Since 1400
3 credits
An introduction to early‑modern and modern art history through the chronological study of key works of visual culture from throughout the world since 1400. The course will range from Mona Lisa to Japanese woodcuts, from the Taj Mahal to Gauguin in Tahiti, and from contemporary photography to the art being made in the U.S. by African‑Americans and by Iranian, Cuban, and Puerto Rican immigrants. Emphasis will be placed on the historical rise and dominance of the West beginning in the Renaissance, concurrent with the flowering of the Aztec and Inca cultures, the Ottoman empire and the Ming Dynasty, the artistic influences exchanged back and forth in the West’s interactions with Africa and Asia, and the emergence of new visual media in the modern world and the growth of artistic multiculturalism. (ART 329 is not a prerequisite)
ART 408
Medieval Monuments
3 credits
Romanesque and Gothic art and architecture, at the height of the Middle Ages. The cathedral as the dominant artistic and cultural expression of the era will be stressed, plus the art and architecture of chivalry, the castle, the monastery, and the innovations of the Late Gothic period.
ART 409
Renaissance Art
3 credits
Art and architecture of the Renaissance in relation to the political and social structures of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Emphasis upon the Italian Renaissance, with Northern Renaissance art also covered.
ART 410
Art in the Age of Rembrandt
3 credits
European art and architecture from 1600–1700, during the Baroque era. Emphasis upon the achievements of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, and Velazquez, in relation to social and intellectual developments, plus the innovations in architecture and the dominance of Versailles.
ART 411
Nineteenth Century European Art
3 credits
Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post‑Impressionism in European art studied in relation to social and intellectual developments.
ART 415
History of Graphic Design
3 credits
An investigation of historical and contemporary visual communications concepts, media, and images and their role in graphic design with a primary emphasis on the twentieth century. The course chronicles the events, influences, and movements in history that have impacted the graphic design community. This course will begin with the invention of writing and the early cave paintings, moving through the history of printing in Europe to contemporary design theory and ideals.
ART 417
Twentieth Century Art
3 credits
Art and architecture in Europe and America from Fauvism and Cubism at the beginning of the century to Postmodernism at the end. The multiculturalism of recent art will be emphasized.
ART 423
Contemporary Art
3 credits
Examination of mixed media painting, sculpture, craft, installation and performance art, and architecture, from 1960 to the present.

Photography Electives
(Choose 24 Credits Minimum For BFA Degree /3 Credits Minimum For Ba Degree)

PHO 300
Special Topics in Photography
3 credits
Courses designed to enrich the student’s understanding and appreciation of photography as an art form and to fill specific needs or interests. Content to be determined.
PHO 309
Pinhole Photography
3 credits
Students design and construct cameras to produce unique color and black and white photographs through the use of paper and film negatives. (Special fee)
PHO 315
Photojournalism
3 credits
Emphasis upon direct visual communication and effective photographic documenting of events. Prerequisite: PHO 203. (Special fee) (Also JOU 315)
PHO 359/459
Independent Study
3 credits
Opportunity for research in areas of special interest to the student. Prerequisites: Senior status (901 credit hours); 2.50 overall GPA; all paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the Independent Study. Dean and Department Chair approval. For majors only. (Special fee)
PHO 394/494
Photography Practicum I
3 credits
Practical development of photographic skills beyond the objectives of regular course offerings. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Prerequisite: PHO 303 and permission of Department Chair.
PHO 401
Color Photography
3 credits
Printing color enlargements from color negatives using automated RA‑4 processing. Emphasis on creative use of color and quality color printing techniques. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 402
Color Processes
3 credits
An exploration of various color processes including printing from color negatives, and making color transfers. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 405
Advanced Digital Imaging
3 credits
A refined study of digital manipulation through the use of image editing software. More complex layer techniques, use of scanner as an input device, various source materials and non‑traditional presentations are explored. Discussions will include aesthetics and ethics of using digitally modified images. Prerequisites: PHO 305 and either PHO 206 or PHO 313 or permission of instructor. (Special fee)
PHO 406
Advanced Digital Photographic Imaging
3 credits
Application of advanced digital camera techniques as an expressive visual medium along with the use of image editing software. The class will reinforce digital photographic manipulation skills, as well as discussions about digital artists, critical thinking, and aesthetics in relation to personal creativity and expression. Prerequisites: PHO 305 and either PHO 206 or PHO 313 or permission of instructor. (Special fee)
PHO 407
View Camera
3 credits
Projects provide exploration of the view camera. Student’s photographic experiences are broadened through take‑ home access to the University’s view cameras. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 408
Large Format Photography
3 credits
Perspective and scale are important factors to be considered when two‑dimensional art is being created using medium and large format cameras. Large scale printing in either black and white and/or color introduces the important element of scale into the student’s images. Prerequisite: PHO 303 (Special fee)
PHO 411
Lighting Techniques
3 credits
An exploration of a variety of lighting techniques. Projects involve use of natural, available, incandescent, on‑ camera flash, and studio strobe lighting. Prerequisite: PHO 303 or PHO 313. (Special fee)
PHO 412
Studio Lighting
3 credits
Students will learn artificial lighting techniques in a studio setting to provide creative solutions to visual problems. The class will cover discussions about the principles of light and its impact on personal expression, as well as past and contemporary visual artists’ use of light. Prerequisite: PHO 303 or PHO 313 (Special fee)
PHO 415
Influences of the Masters
3 credits
A combination of art history and applied studio study. Styles and techniques of selected creative photographic masters will be studied, analyzed, and discussed. Students will then create their own original photographic images reflecting the influence, subject matter, and techniques of those master photographers. Prerequisites: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 416
Alternative Process Photography
3 credits
This course will explore various photographic processes that are an alternative to contemporary photographic image‑making techniques. Photographic techniques used throughout the history of the medium have subtle qualities and properties that are unique in their creative possibilities. The use of precious metals to produce images is the basis for all photography prior to the introduction of digital (electronic) photography. These images created from metals are not only distinctive but extremely stable as well. Historical references and examination of the work of contemporary photographers using these techniques will accompany assignments. Pre‑requisite: PHO 303 and either PHO 313 or PHO 305. (Special fee
PHO 417
Manipulated Photography
3 credits
Exploration of alternative methods of making and displaying photographic images. Prerequisite: PHO 303. (Special fee)
PHO 419
Digital Fine Art Printing
3 credits
An advanced course investigating the printing of fine art digital images. Several types of digital printers and substrates will be utilized. A component of the course is the development of a coherent digitally printed body of creative photographic imagery. Prerequisites: CS 180, PHO 313. (Special fee)
PHO 421
History of Photography, Film and Art
3 credits
Integration of the stylistic and technical developments in the history of photography, cinema, and painting from 1839 to the present. Emphasis upon the interrelationship of aesthetic movements and cross‑fertilizing influence of the different media. Analysis of classic movies as representative examples from film history.
PHO 426
Documentary Photography
3 credits
Documentary Photography will explore the use of the camera as a tool for documentation. Emphasis will be placed on the development of individual and group projects dealing with topics which arise from cultural, political, and social issues that focus on truth and justice. Historical references and examination of the work of documentary photographers will accompany assignments. Digital Single Lens Reflex camera (or equivalent) required. Pre‑requisite: PHO 313. (Special fee)
PHO 429
Fine Art Digital Portfolio
3 credits
The emphasis of the course is the development of a cohesive body of work. The class will cover making a digital portfolio using printed and time‑based digital media techniques, sequencing, and narrative structure. Photographic artists, critical thinking, and aesthetics in relation to personal creativity and expression will be discussed. Prerequisites: CS 180, PHO 313. (Special fee)
PHO 499
Internship
3 credits
Practical experience within a professional setting. Prerequisites: Senior status (90 credit hours), 2.50 overall GPA, all paperwork must be completed before the end of the semester preceding the internship. Permission of Department Chair. (Special fee)
ART 141
Basic Handbuilding
3 credits
Introduction to clay as an art medium, using traditional handbuilding techniques and basic glazing and firing processes. (Special fee)
ART 205
Graphic Design Foundations
3 credits
An introduction to the many tools involved in the creation of professional design problems including the Macintosh platform. Students will evaluate the assignments and solve these problems using the appropriate tools. A strong focus will be placed on technology and professional presentation skills. Computer software, one, two and four-color printing and the artistic processes of graphic design will be explored. (Special fee)
ART 241
Basic Potter’s Wheel
3 credits
Introduction to basic wheel-throwing techniques on the potter’s wheel. Students will also be introduced to glazing wheel-thrown pieces. (Special fee)
ART 333
Poster Design
3 credits
Students will explore the specific skills necessary to design posters as a means of mass communication. Working with large text formats, students will develop skills in research, the development of concepts and content, analysis and editing, and technical execution of typographic solutions. Critical thinking will be employed as purposeful and reflective judgment about what to believe or what to do in response to observations made by the student when evaluating creative solutions. Prerequisite: ART 305.
ART 334
Sculpture
3 credits
An introduction to contemporary sculpture through the development of the student’s own concepts and ideas. A variety of building processes, materials and techniques will be explored. (Special fee)
ART 340
Handmade Books
3 credits
A studio based art course that creatively examines traditional and alternative book structures in relation to narrative content. This course provides an overview of methods used in the making of handmade books. Lectures, demonstrations and discussions will introduce students to creative processes involved in book making, including: traditional and alternative book archival concerns, and methods for generating original images and text. The projects in this course will explore the interdependent relationship between form and content. Repeatable course by instructor permission. (Special fee)
ART 405
Design Methodology
3 credits
In this course students will research and develop design elements which identify and advertise a corporation. Logos/trademarks, stationery, corporate collateral, uniforms, and vehicle identification will be researched, created and produced. All projects will be carried to final portfolio quality. Prerequisite: ART 305.
ART 433
Expressive Typography
3 credits
This course will be an exploration of design using text, typefaces and typographic technology to create professional typographic solutions. Typographic exercises will explore congruency between visual and verbal hierarchies, expressive use of typographic form, format/informational organization problems, and technical details of typographic specification and computer layout. In addition to a variety of projects focusing on typographic design, students will be expected to create and implement a new/unique typeface consisting of fifty-two characters and ten numbers. Prerequisites: ART 335.
ART 450
Collage
3 credits
The study of the collage medium of two dimensional art made by pasting together varying materials on a flat surface. Repeatable course. Prerequisites: ART 101A, 101B, or PHO 203 (Special fee).
ART 467
The Art of Web Design II
3 credits
The intent of this course is to provide an experience that integrates the design aesthetics learned in the graphic design into this web design course. In addition to reinforcement of design principles learned in previous design coursework, the use of current industry standard software products and end-to-end web site construction will be explored. The implementation of kinetic graphics as they are being used in the advertising and design industries will be an important component to this course of study. This course will place heavy focus on design principles, kinetic type, navigation and the visual interface of the website. Prerequisite:ART 367 (Special fee)
SES 308
Underwater Photography
3 credits
Provides the student with working knowledge and basic skills in digital underwater photography. Topics include camera selection, camera operation, natural light and artificial light photography, composition, normal and wide‑ angle lens use, and visual presentation. Special course fees apply. Prerequisites: PHO 203 Basic Photography or PHO 206 Digital Photography, ISR 255 Advanced Scuba Activities and ISR 255L Advanced Scuba Activities Lab, or equivalent, and Instructor approval prior to enrollment as special program criteria for student involvement must be met.
COM 214
Television Production
3 credits
Studio production theory and practice; hands‑on experience in basic production, direction, and technical operations of a studio. (Special fee). (Fall)
COM 301/401
Practicum I
3 credits
Development of skills in communication related settings. Prerequisites: ENG 111, COM 204 or COM 214 or permission of Instructor.
COM 314
Advanced Television Production
3 credits
Advanced television production techniques including electronic editing, special effects, and electronic field production. Completion of an individual creative project is required. Prerequisites: ENG 111, COM 204 and COM 214. (Special fee) (Spring).