Photography, A.F.A.

Photography

Through student-centered inquiry and practice in visual communication, this program develops students into professional image-makers. Students explore a variety of photographic formats, including 35mm, medium format, and 4x5 view cameras, and acquire experience in black-and-white, color, alternative, and digital imaging processes using state of the art methods, tools, and facilities. The degree also prepares students for transfer into a Bachelor of Fine Arts program.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate a proficiency with camera skills sufficient to produce consistent quality photographic imagery.
  • Demonstrate advanced skills in materials and processes used in photography.
  • Demonstrate a general knowledge of the history of photography from the 19th century to present day and its function in visual culture in the context of global art.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the elements and principles of two and three dimensional design, color theory, drawing and art historical references.
  • Communicate in an effective and professional manner both verbally and in writing about the creation and contextual analysis of visual images.
  • Communicate issues of critical thinking skills via the creation of artworks and participation in the formal critique process.
  • Produce a portfolio demonstrating a coherent personal vision and visual literacy.

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Classes range from English, math, drawing and two-dimensional design to history of photography, digital imaging, medium format photography and alternative processes.