While in the program, students must earn a minimum grade of C in each departmental course. Students who fail to meet these requirements may be asked to change their major.
The Department of Photography and Film offers a variety of basic, intermediate and advanced photography and filmmaking classes leading to a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Film.
The program provides students with the ability to intelligently express, investigate or document using photography and/or film and to interpret meaning in still and moving images. Emphasis is placed on photography and film as contemporary fine arts. The department promotes a fundamental and effective philosophy that students maintain creative freedom, have access to resources and are enrolled in courses in which they can refine their voices and skills through traditional and contemporary media, tools and professional working methods.
Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:
|General Education requirements||Credits|
|University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)|
|UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I||3|
|UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II||3|
|UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument||3|
|Approved humanities/fine arts||3|
|Approved natural/physical sciences||3-4|
|Approved quantitative literacy||3-4|
|Approved social/behavioral sciences||3-4|
|Additional School of the Arts requirement (9 credits)|
|ENGL 215 Textual Analysis||3|
|General education electives||6|
|Collateral requirements (36 credits)|
|Art Foundation Program|
|ARTF 131 Drawing Studio||3|
|ARTF 132 Surface Research||3|
|ARTF 133 Space Research||3|
|ARTF 134 Time Studio||3|
|ARTF 139 Project||2|
|ARTH 103, 104 Survey of Western Art||6|
|ARTH 270 History of the Motion Picture, ARTH 271 History of the Motion Picture or ARTH 370 History of Animated Film||3|
|ARTH 372 History of Photography||3|
|School of the Arts elective||3|
|Studio art electives||7|
|Major requirements (42 credits)|
|PHTO 243 Darkroom||3|
|PHTO 260 Experiments in Sequencing||3|
|PHTO 280 Moving Pixels||3|
|PHTO 281 Digital Imaging I||3|
|PHTO 307 Processes and Techniques||3|
|PHTO 340 Lighting I: Studio||3|
|PHTO 350 Concepts I||3|
|PHTO 352 Concepts II: Junior Portfolio||3|
|PHTO 381 Digital Imaging II||3|
|PHTO 420 and 421 Senior Thesis I and II||6|
|PHTO 435 Professional Practice||3|
|PHTO 442 Lighting II: Location||3|
|PHTO 474 Contemporary Critical Perspectives||3|
|Open electives (12 credits)||12|
|Total minimum requirement||120|
Last update: 4/30/2014
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