The photography major is focused on the development of students as artists and practicing professionals. In addition to mastering the camera and associated technology, students will develop a distinctive personal style through their experiences inside and outside the classroom. Majors are well versed in historical and contemporary art, and are given numerous opportunities to exhibit their work, travel, and receive feedback from faculty and peers. Prior to graduation, students will professionally mount a public exhibition of the work in The Lore Degenstein Gallery, where they will gain experience in a professional gallery with museum standards.
Majors enjoy 24-hour electronic card-swipe access to all art facilities and state of the art computer labs, open only to departmental students. The digital photography classroom is equipped with high-end professional studio lighting, seamless cloth and paper backgrounds, and dedicated lecture, critique, and production spaces.
Required independent coursework and a cross-disciplinary approach allow students to investigate and experiment with multiple ways of creating art. Students are encouraged and given ample time to develop a distinctive and personal visual style.
There are numerous opportunities following graduation for those with a degree in photography. Our students are prepared to enroll in a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program to further develop and nurture their skills or, are ready to succeed in the commercial photography industry.