Photography is the art of visualizing and creating dynamic, persuasive imagery. The study of photography has never been more powerful and prevalent in modern society. The art of making photographic images continually provides opportunities for trained photographers to grow into exciting and varied fields. Students in this major take courses on lighting, photographic language, darkroom techniques, portraiture, art history, and alternative photographic processes.
How Do I Get Into The Major?
I'm In Now What?
Students accepted in the BFA Photography program are required to complete an academic internship prior to graduation. An internship provides students with crucial professional abilities, including design skill application in a real working environment, communication skills, and effective collaboration.
Prior to graduation, Photography BFA students complete an advanced individual project in photography on a topic of their choosing which includes developing personal research, project implementation, and a public exhibition.
Graduates from the BFA Photography Program have an understanding of professional photography business practices, including finding career opportunities, marketing, pricing, ethics, and preparing for graduate school. Students also learn photographic history and contemporary art theory, including trends and movements in both silver and non-silver processes and moving imagery during their time in the program. These skills prepare students to transition into a professional work experience and are given opportunities on campus and abroad, in major studios or in freelance work, to implement their knowledge.
BFA Photography Alumni go on to work in major advertising, independent, fine art, and freelance studios. Additionally, during their internship while still in the program, students are encouraged to network with these studios and professionals to build their connections to artistic communities.
Robert Machoian Graham