The undergraduate photography program focuses on developing students’ understanding of various conceptual approaches to the medium and strong technical skills in both traditional and innovative methods of production. Students learn the verbal and critical thinking skills necessary to participate in contemporary discourse of the field and investigate various methodologies in the development of significant portfolios of work.
Students study advanced techniques in digital imaging and printing, black & white darkroom processes, large-format view camera photography, video, and studio lighting.
A History of Photography course is offered yearly by the Art History department. Field trips and an extensive visiting artist/photographer lecture series broaden the learning environment and expose students to a variety of viewpoints.
Recent visiting photographers have included Joel-Peter Witkin, Barbara DeGenevieve, Chester Higgins, Andres Serrano, Lorie Novak, Anne Turyn, Gregory Crewdson, Ann Fessler, Merry Alpern, Sylvia Plachy, David Armstrong, and Judith Golden.
The photography faculty includes three full-time professors who are active exhibiting artists and dedicated teachers.
Opportunities After Graduation
Students emerge from this program equipped for a range of careers. Many students continue their involvement with photography as exhibiting artists and go on to attend some of the best graduate photography programs in the country. Recent graduates have developed successful careers as commercial studio photographers, practicing photojournalists, managers of their own architectural or studio photography businesses, in-house industrial photographers, picture editors, gallery/museum personnel, and skilled computer technicians.