At a Glance

(BFA) Bachelor of Fine Arts
120 or 121 Total Credits
General Education Credits 39 or 40
Art &Science Credits 12
Program Credits 58
Elective Credits 12

The Studio Art: Commercial Photography program produces artists who are technical masters, creative problem-solvers and professionally prepared for careers in art and photography.

Through a studio-based art curriculum and a foundation in the liberal arts, students in this Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program will explore all forms of lens-based media including digital and film photography, Photoshop manipulation, alternative processes, studio lighting, video editing and large format photography. 

Interdisciplinary courses enable students to develop their photographic skills alongside skills in marketing, web design, management and critical thinking.
Dedicated, professional faculty mentor students through a highly individualized education tailored to each student’s artistic and academic goals, preparing them for careers as portrait, fashion, editorial or product photographers, to open their own photography studio or to pursue graduate work in the arts.

  • Offer in-depth studio training in video, film and digital photography.
  • Teach students to communicate visually in lens-based media using the elements and principles of design.  
  • Help students understand the conceptual, practical and aesthetic applications of commercial photography.
  • Prepare students for photography related careers.
Our photography programs are housed in the lower level of Reisman Hall. The facility includes:
  • Black and white darkroom
  • Alternative process darkroom
  • Lighting studio (equipped with strobes, cool lights, large format cameras, backdrops, tripods, lighting accessories and props)
  • Digital lab with: iMac workstations, large format Canon Printers, high resolution film scanners, Adobe CC
  • Each student completes a professional internship. They gain experience, explore an area of personal interest, get on the job training and begin to form their network of professionals.
  • In their final year, students completes a yearlong senior project, which includes both research and visual work. It culminates with an exhibition, which is mounted in the gallery in Reisman Hall. Students have a hand in the entire process, from making postcards to installing the work and presenting it to the public.
  • Commercial Photography majors may choose one or more minors to complement their major. Popular choices are Visual Communications, Business, Communication Studies, Marketing and Forensic Photography.
After graduation, our photography students have found success in:
  • Portrait, fashion and editorial photography
  • Owning a photography studio
  • Wedding and event photography
  • Sports photography
  • Graduate studies in such areas as art education, studio art, photography, art therapy, art history and theory


All-College Competencies #1-8 (30 or 31 credits)
All-College Competency #9: Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy:
   SA 498 Senior Project: Research and Development (3 credits)
All-College Competency #10:
   First Year Seminar (3 credits)
   SA 499 Senior Project: Thesis Exhibition (3 credits)
Total General Education Credits: 39 or 40
   Course (Credits)       
  FA 112 Art History II (3 credits)
FA 125 History and Contemporary Trends in Photography (3 credits)
FA 401 Contemporary Development in the Arts (3 credits)
CM 410/420 Advocacy OR Persuasion (3 credits)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits: 12
 BU 240 Principles of Marketing (3 credits)
BU 215 Arts Management (3 credits)
VC 118 Digital Foundations (3 credits)
VC 375 Designing for the Web (3 credits)   
SA 131 Design + Color Theory (3 credits)
SA 161 Photography I (3 credits)
SA 162 Photography II  (3 credits)
SA 168 Time, Movement and Narrative (3 credits)
SA 263 Digital Photography (3 credits)
SA 270 Studio Photography (3 credits)
SA 276 Computer Imaging (3 credits)
SA 320 On Assignment: Editorial, Location and Documentary Photography (3 credits)
SA 325 Large Format Photo & Fine Printing (3 credits)
SA 365 Alternative Processes (3 credits)
SA 393 Internship Prep. (1 credit) 
SA 381 Internship  (3 credits)
SA 410 Professional Photography Practices and Portfolio Prep (3 credits)
SA 3/4XX Intermediate/Advanced SA (photo only) courses (6 credits)
SA/FA 309 Special Topics in the Arts (3 credits)
Total Career Studies Credits: 58
Open Electives  
    Courses (Credits) 
    100-400 level    (9)
    300/400 level   (3)
Total Open Elective Credits -12