Bachelor of Fine Arts
The Photography concentration is professionally geared to prepare the next generation of photographic image makers with broad knowledge and experience of photographic techniques and concepts. The concentration will prepare students for careers in photo journalism, fine art photography, and commercial photography, or for further study in graduate school. Our concentration is notable for its highly individualized instruction made possible by small class sizes and dedicated faculty. Students enjoy working in our state-of-the-art photo facilities located in Reisman Hall. In addition to studio courses such as Studio Photography, Alternative Processes, On Assignment, and Large Format Photography, students take Contemporary Development in the Arts, Professional Practices, and complete a Photography Internship.
Our curriculum encourages students to integrate their photography interests with interdisciplinary liberal arts studies, as well as various minors that may complement their interests and provide additional career opportunities. Our goal, which is unique among colleges and universities, is for students to develop comprehensive/interdisciplinary knowledge of the arts while also gaining the ability to market their skills in today’s competitive global economy.
- Photography students study in Reisman Hall, which houses expansive black/white and alternative process darkrooms, a lighting studio, large format cameras and state-of-the-art digital photography facilities.
- All students work with professionals in their area of interest during their internships: studio photographers, art therapists, art educators, museum curators & registrars, gallery owners & directors, arts administrators, animation studios and free-lance photographers.
- Each student completes a year-long senior project that culminates in a gallery exhibition. During the process the student works closely with a carefully chosen professional mentor who is experienced in the area of photographic specialization most relevant to each student’s interest.
- Entering students take four Foundations courses (Drawing: Perception/Observation, Design + Color Theory, Structuring Human Space, and Time Movement Narrative) that prepare them for the advanced content of their Studio Art courses.
- The College has a highly respected professional gallery with ongoing individual and group exhibitions, including the annual juried student exhibition and exhibitions by graduating Photography majors.
After graduation our Photography students have found success in:
- Fine art photography—exhibiting and selling work
- Arts administration, including directing professional galleries or other positions within galleries and museums, theaters, performing arts organizations, and other cultural agencies
- Teaching photography at the K-12 through college level
- Artist residencies, writing and getting grants
- Portrait, wedding and fashion photography
- Photojournalism and documentary photography
- Graduate studies in such areas as art education, studio art, photography, art therapy, art history and theory