BFA: Photography


Since the making of images is an intellectual process, the education of the artist should go considerably beyond instruction of technique and media. The artistic process, at its best, is creative intuitive, analytical and highly sophisticated. It requires all the knowledge, discipline, sensitivity and awareness of liberally educated intelligence. Students in the program will gain the technical and intellectual preparation necessary for the development of their own personal creative solutions and the means to make better-informed career decisions.
This program will prepare graduates to:
Master the technical aspects of the medium of photography.
  • Demonstrate technical mastery in all aspects of the SLR camera, both film and digital.
  • Demonstrate technical proficiency with medium and large format cameras.
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge of the medium’s technical applications.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of a wide range of lighting techniques including studio, environmental, tungsten and electronic strobe systems.
  • Master practices and techniques of the darkroom and digital lab and demonstrate proficiency in the areas of: film processing, digital capture, black and white printing, Type C color printing, and digital output.
Demonstrate knowledge of photography’s visual history.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of the visual arts and its impact on social and visual culture.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of photography, its practices and visual evolution from 1839 to the present.
Demonstrate field-specific critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrate knowledge of photography’s place in the field of visual communication.
  • Analyze, discuss and critique photographic images considering technical, aesthetic and conceptual applications.
Apply photographic skills
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in various photographic practices, including, but not limited to: portrait photography, studio / product illustration, documentary photography/journalism, digital photography, and fine art  photography.
Demonstrate ethical responsibility in use of the photographic medium
  • Demonstrate ability to examine individual situations, act ethically, and reflect upon the consequences of images in society at large.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the impact that visual culture has had throughout history and reflect on photography’s potential to inspire positive change in our global society.
Demonstrate enhanced knowledge, skills and values consistent with the Core Curriculum
  • Demonstrate information literacy and the ability to use computers and other technology for a variety of purposes.
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of formats.
  • Demonstrate recognition, understanding, and respect of the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.
  • Develop insight and self-reflection and become resourceful in finding effective strategies for self-management and self-improvement.
Illustrate realistic ideas to implement knowledge, skills, and values in occupational pursuits in a variety of settings.
  • Formulate portfolios, which will direct them towards their specific career goals or towards the pursuit of a graduate degree in the visual arts.
  • Demonstrate an ability to adequately prepare their work for exhibition venues.

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