The Digital Photography program is designed to offer students the opportunity to cultivate their photographic skills through the research, development, and execution of an extensive body of photographic work. Students will have the opoportunity to develop strong technical and design skills necessary in the implementation of their chosen medium. Their study will also incorporate critical theory as it relates to their field by learning to identify and consider issues in contemporary photography. This will encourage the ability to critically analyze and interpret contemporary photographs as well as improve the conceptual development required to make competent images.
The Digital Photography Curriculum begins with coursework in the fundamentals of 2-D design, the digital SLR camera, studio lighting, digital darkroom techniques, and printing output. These basic skill-sets are fostered throughout the program into in-depth competencies. The curriculum continues with additional coursework in the history of photography both as an art and as a commercial trade. Creative thinking and conceptual development are fostered in collaboration with the technical courses; however, specific classes such as creative concepts, photo criticism, and portfolio exploration will concentrate on theoretical issues related to contemporary photography. Classes such as web design and video editing are incorporated into the curriculum to broaden the student’s skill-set in order to facilitate a competitive edge in the job market. As the student advances within the program, the curriculum will focus on developing a competent and competitive portfolio for the student’s target photographic market.
Entry-Level Career Opportunities: Advertising, Fashion and Editorial Photographers, Portrait Studio Photographer, School Photographer, Wedding Photographer, Commercial and Industrial Photographers, Staff Photographers, Newspaper Photographer, Photojournalists, Medical Photographer, Photographic Stylist, Photographic Lab Work.