The photography program at Susquehanna allows majors to gain practical working experience in both the traditional and the digital darkrooms. Facilities include a fully equipped processing laboratory and modern darkroom with twenty enlargers. Photo majors have access to two Macintosh computer labs as well as numerous large format color printers. The department also offers specialized camera equipment and professional studio lighting for student use.
The photography major is focused on the development of students as artists. In addition to mastering the camera and associated technology, students will develop a distinctive personal style through their experience. 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.
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 normally enroll in Master of Fine Arts programs to further develop and nurture their skills. However, graduates are also prepared to succeed in the commercial photography industry.