Compelling imagery carries much of the emotional power in today’s visual media, both print and electronic. This imagery is most commonly photographic. Students in the Photography program must be creative, imaginative, and attentive to detail as they prepare to enter the field. While building an awareness of significance in visual style, students also have the opportunity to develop core values based on professional standards and practices and a skill set with a solid technical and design foundation.
The program requires students to explore the principles of photographic design and the significance of visual style in the commercial sector. Students have the opportunity to study the application of professional cameras, lenses, and related processes, including small, medium, and large formats, as they apply to commercial uses such as editorial or advertising photography. They have the opportunity to learn to use a traditional wet lab, alternative processes, and digital image capture and editing in facilities expressly designed for each purpose.
The program is designed to encourage students to apply the equipment and techniques required for successful location and studio photography while learning to solve problems in both natural and artificial lighting. Contemporary photographic techniques, from traditional analog processes to the digital workflow, are also applied, resulting in a professional portfolio, regardless of production method. Studios and darkrooms feature program-specific hardware and software. The program is designed to promote a sophisticated set of technical skills as well as marketable personal specialization that reflects the interests and abilities of each student.
Entry-Level Career Opportunities: Commercial Photographer, Editorial Photographer, Photographic Editor, Photography Studio Owners, or Freelancer.