The philosophy of the photography concentration is experiential with a great deal of time spent with hands-on image making. Students who have completed the photo concentration will have practiced black/white, color and large format photography.
The Department also offers a Minor in Studio Art, where one can take 9 credits in Photography
Courses entail creative projects which will push the students imaginative limits as well as courses with a more technical or commercial bent. Throughout their three years of photography, students will be encouraged to develop a personal style, and will be allowed to perfect and expand on that style in their advanced classes. All photo classes involve group and individual critiques which encourage students to talk about their work and in turn build visual and verbal art vocabularies. Class critiques are also important for interaction between students, here they are able to give and receive peer input.
Through their college art experience all studio students become involved with the annual faculty critique, students show their work to the entire faculty for a give and take discussion of their work and their progress. During the second semester of their senior year photo majors will enroll in the Photo Thesis, ART 497, where they work toward their senior exhibition in the Reilly Gallery, this becomes the capstone for their photography and art experiences. Also in their senior year students work with their advisors to fine tune and develop their portfolios.
The Photo lab complex is housed in Hunt-Cavanagh Hall and contains a workroom, class room/studio, two film developing rooms, a large gang black/white lab with 10 enlargers, and three color labs. The photo labs are open mornings, afternoons, evenings and on weekends. Photo students are assigned individual lab times, but are also allowed and encouraged to use the lab at times other than their assigned labs, space permitting.
Graduates with a concentration in photography, or students who have taken courses which mirror the concentration, are working in such diverse fields such as: fine art photography, professional photography, photo journalism/documentary, teaching, publishing, graphic design, sales, the business world and currently the Peace Corps.
A typical photography concentration requires a minimum of 18 credit hours in photography. In addition to the photo concentration students will be taking an additional 36 credits hours in other art areas, of which 15 credit hours will be the art foundation, 12 credit hours will be in Art History, and the remainder studio electives, one of which must be in a 3D medium.
Recommended elective courses: ARH 208, History of Photography; ARH 209, Modern Art; ARH 304, American and European Art Since 1945; ARH 302, Nineteenth Century European Art; continuing Drawing classes; ART 105, Computer Art; ART 108, Introduction to DeskTop Publishing; ART 147, Electronic Arts Silk-screen Printing, ART 243 Electronic Arts Etching, ART 242; and Creative Writing Courses.
Students who may be interested in photography but may not wish to be a studio major can explore photography in the context of a Studio Minor. The minor consists of 21 credit hours of study of which 9 credit hours will be in photography. The recommended courses are: ART 171, Photo I; ART 172, Photo II; ART 373 or ART 375, Color Photography or The View Camera; ART 476 or ART 490, Photo VI or Independent Study.